A staple in Savannah’s food scene since 1963, Walls’ BBQ will soon be getting some national recognition on the small screen.
On Tuesday, crews from Food Network were on hand at the small restaurant at 515 E. York St. filming an episode of “Super Southern Eats,” which recently premiered on the network. The show follows Damaris Phillips and Rutledge Wood as they make their way around the South in search of delicious southern cuisine.
Filming was a hectic scene inside the restaurant, and Walls’s owner Teresa Weston was busy inside, but did manage to stick her head outside the door to chat with waiting customers.
“Are y’all ready to eat,” she asked the crowd, who talked about their favorite dishes on the menu, which pretty much included it all, from mac and cheese to collard greens and potato salad.
About a dozen people had lined up outside the restaurant by noon Tuesday. Since Walls’ isn’t normally open Tuesday, the visit was extra-special.
Sallie Vaughan has been dining at Walls’ for more than 30 years. She first started eating there with her older brother when she was about 15 years old, and after college she worked only a few blocks away and was a regular for lunch.
“I get the ribs, red rice and rutabagas. Her rutabagas are amazing …. I always enjoy catching up with Teresa,” Vaughan said as she waited outside Tuesday.
Walls’ closed for about two years in 2010, but the momentum behind the restaurant has never slowed, especially as the city becomes better known for its culinary scene.
“We’ve been doing food tours with Teresa for about four years now,” said Stu Card, co-founder of Savannah Taste Experience.
The company, which began offering tours five years ago, now does about 15,000 tours a year. The type of food people are interested in has also changed, which makes Walls’ the perfect place to send groups.
“Now they’re looking for a little bit more unique and off-the-beaten-path and what they weren’t expecting. Teresa has been cooking since she was a little girl with her grandparents and her mom, so it’s like eating at home,” Card said.
“They have that, ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it,’ attitude and so it’s like tasting part of Savannah’s past.”
The Savannah-filmed episode, which doesn’t have an air date yet, will also feature scenes from Treylor Park and Savannah Seafood Shack on Broughton Street.