While the old-time boarding house is history, boarding house meals remain a highlight of eating one’s way through the south. Seating usually is communal: friends, family, and strangers gathered around a big table where everything is set out on platters and in bowls. Diners reach, pass, and grab for what they want. It is vital to come to such a meal with a big appetite; it would be wrong to practice moderation.
Social Circle's Blue Willow Inn is the best Sunday Supper restaurant every day. Huge buffet includes fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, countless desserts.
Feast boarding house style at Dillard, where communal tables hold dozens of bowls of food, from fried chicken to vegetable casseroles to hot fruit cobbler.
The Dinner Bell of McComb, Mississippi, serves traditional boarding-house meals -- all you can eat at large tables shared with strangers. A Dixie joy!
Mary Bobo's offers old-fashioned, boarding-house dining in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home town of Jack Daniel. The menu varies day to day.
Mrs. Wilkes' tables are crowded with platters of fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffles, and more. It's a Savannah legend, always crowded.
The Smith House of Dahlonega, Georgia, serves classic southern food boarding house style. Count on fried chicken, Brunswick stew, catfish and hushpuppies.