Hoecakes -- The Lady and Sons, Savannah, GA
To this day, Paula Deen remains the one and only Food Network personality that Vodka has met offscreen.
|How Lucky for All the Other Personalities|
And therefore, Vodka was quite keen to finally make the journey to Paula's outpost, The Lady and Sons, in Savannah, GA.
|So Excited That She Got to Lunch a Half Hour Early So She Could Sit in the Waiting Room by Herself|
Now, at the Food Network-sponsored events with Paula which Vodka attended years ago, the food was... less than stellar.
And so she is not overly optimistic about the gourmet options when she arrives for lunch as part of Grey Goose's bachelorette party.
|Time to Do Shots Under the Watchful Eye of the Lady and Sons|
As it happens, the only dish on the menu from Best Thing I Ever Ate is of the gratis variety: the complimentary hoecakes which appear on each of our bread plates before we have even placed our orders.
|At Least They Understand the Importance of Prompt Carb Delivery Around Here|
Said cakes were recommended by Tyler Florence on the CAKE WALK episode, though we note that the staff has taken to calling them "fried corn cakes," or something similar, thus rebranding the pastries to something less... mature-sounding?
|Family Friendly Baked Goods|
Now, as someone who has never tried a hoecake before, it is possible that something is lost in translation, as Vodka finds the creation more dry and crumbly than pleasing to the tastebuds.
|In Fact, This Is How Her Bread Plate Looked at the End of the Meal|
As it happens, the accompanying biscuit with melted cheddar has much more flavor than the item Tyler had chosen, as does the crab stew that Vodka picks for her entree (hey, it's been a long weekend of overeating -- a girl can only take so many fried green tomatoes).
|Bring on the Melted Cheese|
|Possibly the Most Self-Controlled Lunch Vodka Has Ever Ordered|
Once utilized as a dipping utensil for the remainder of her soup, the hoecake becomes more pleasing, but it never quite rises above the average territory.
|Good to the Last Sop|
But then again, hey, what do you want for free?