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Tuesday, October 2

Better Than Bonanza?

... and I'm not talking about the long-running western. I don't really know who will get the Bonanza reference, but go with me on it. (I know you will, Amanda.)

The "big" news today is that Paula Deen, in cooperation with Harrah's entertainment (didn't I just leave Vegas?) is opening a "560-seat Paula Deen Buffet" in Tunica, Mississippi!

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

I guess it's only natural that after many years of operating The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah, Paula would branch out into a larger-scale operation... one that can feed large-scale appetites. I only wish she would have done it in a slightly more well-known city... like Vegas!

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill would be the perfect companion to the "Paula Deen Eat-A-Thon Buffet and Hoghouse." Right? ;-)




At 10/02/2007 5:00 PM , Blogger amanda said...

Holy cow! Pauler + a buffet = Southern hospitality heaven! Didn't she used to operate a weekend buffet when she was working for the Holiday Inn (I think that's the hotel) when she first started out? So this is definitely a natural step and definitely a wise business decision (as you stated). Man those Mississippi natives are gonna LOVE this!

(And OF COURSE I got the Bonanza reference!)

At 10/02/2007 5:15 PM , Blogger Prisca said...

So we can all just assume it will be an 'all you can eat' joint since it IS going to be in Iunica, right? Sweet merciful heavens. I don't even think Mississippi is ready for this!

At 10/02/2007 5:19 PM , Anonymous Pat said...

"I only wish she would have done it in a slightly more well-known city"

I had never heard of Tunica until I moved from the East Coast to Chicago. Trust me, it's well-known -- seems to be especially popular with golfers, in addition to the casino junkies. Plus, it's less of a drive for most Mid-Westerners than the Gulf Coast.

At 10/02/2007 6:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck ya I get the Bonanza reference. I'm from a classy family (my sister's rehersal dinner was there)
I wonder if Paula's buffet will copy that one soup Bonanza has... (the white one with the dumplings and yummyfatness)

I'm thinking I might need to road trip home...

At 10/02/2007 9:40 PM , Anonymous Miranda, FCAPB said...

Hahaha. I love it! Oh Pauler, please come to NoVA. I'll be here waiting for you... with chimichanga juice on my favorite tee.

At 10/02/2007 11:28 PM , Blogger Mark said...

Saw her on QVC last weekend promoting her cookwares and new book. Wow she's busy.

At 10/03/2007 12:18 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Paula's restaurant, "The Lady," was at the Best Western Savannah Inn, per her "Chefography" segment.
It's about time she reverted to the cuisine that made her famous.
It almost makes me want to fly back to Biloxi and take a ride over once it's open.

At 10/03/2007 2:11 PM , Blogger Benjamin said...

Has anyone eaten at "Lady & Sons"? You know how buffets can get, warmed-over trays of the same ol' stuff. I'm wondering if it's actually good or if the restaurant's popularity can be attributed to Dean's fame.

At 10/03/2007 9:16 PM , Blogger m. go. said...

one of my friends just said that he loves bonanza today and i had never heard of it until today and then lo and behold, you go name dropping bonanaza.

crazy small world.

At 10/04/2007 10:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep Paula away from Vegas. Thank you. If I never see Paula, Sandra, or Ingrid it won't be soon enough. Over rated and over exposed Paula makes me sick.

At 10/04/2007 10:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep Paula's crap away from the great Bobby Flay. How insulting.

At 10/04/2007 11:22 PM , Anonymous Mussakka said...

Benjamin asked: "Has anyone eaten at "Lady & Sons"?"

I had a couple of meals there back before the lines wrapped around the block. The food was good, but honestly it was little more than the traditional stuff you can get at any Southern eatery. Dressed up a bit, of course.

I'd go back, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it.

But I could be biased, since for me, "home-cooked" restaurant food has never compared to the real thing. As a Southerner, I grew up eating authentic, home-cooked versions of this fare in many homes in many places and I've never found a restaurant that outdid food in someone's home.


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