When we arrived, the sign on the hostess stand actually said that they were already booked for lunch, implying that we would not be able to get a table. I tried my luck, but she said that since my party wasn't complete (Will was still parking the car), they didn't have room for us. But, I also overheard the hostess send another couple up to the 3rd floor, so we tried our luck again once Will got there. It paid off! The hostess gave us the magic card that allowed us past the front door and entry to the elevator up to the 3rd floor. It ended up that we didn't have to wait at all, and there were actually quite a few empty tables by the time we left. Paula Deen must have her reservation system down to a science.
As expected, the food was delicious!! We ordered a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes and each had the buffet. Fried chicken, fish, sweet potatoes, collard greens, green beans, cream corn, Beaufort stew and, of course, "The Lady's Macaroni and Cheese!" (And that's just what we at, not a full representation of what was available on the buffet. We just knew what the best was!) We also took full advantage of the cheese biscuits and warm hoecakes that someone brought to the table... not to mention sweet tea with mint in a to-go cup (a hard thing to come by in Texas - the sweet tea, not the to-go cup).
It was a great end to a great week!