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We’d like to thank Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Branson, Missouri, for hosting our Sunday lunch. As always, all opinions are honest and completely our own.
Oh, the yummy goodness that is comfort food! Who can resist those satisfying dishes with a side of nostalgia? Mashed potatoes, fried chicken, peach cobbler, and sweet tea–Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen has all of this and more. We were recently lucky enough to get the opportunity to try the delicious offerings at the recently opened Branson location located along Lake Taneycomo at Branson Landing. With delicious food and fun shopping, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is sure to become a highlight for any Branson trip!
Paula Deen’s at Branson Landing
Located at the north end of the Branson Landing, Paula Deen’s restaurant and store is difficult to miss. We planned to eat lunch at 11:00 a.m. on a fall Sunday. We arrived at the Landing at about 10:30. Before we went inside, we scoped out the menu.
Paula Deen’s restaurant concept is a little unique. Your entire party will choose the entrees and sides together, and then the meal is served family-style. When we dined, the restaurant offered The Albany, which includes two meat selections, and The Savannah, which includes three types of meat. Both come with four sides and dessert. Please note that taking home leftovers is not allowed since the food is all-you-can-eat family-style. You are able to take the dessert home, however. And you will probably have to. It’s too easy to get full!
Paula Deen’s Store
It was fun to browse around looking at the home items.
You may even see Paula!
We did purchase a magnet. It’s a family tradition for us. Soon, it was time for our 11:00 a.m. seating. It wasn’t really busy at opening, but by the time we left, the place was packed. Get there early if you want to avoid waiting!
Paula Deen’s Restaurant
Our hostess led us down this hallway to the dining area. The restaurant is really beautiful.
There’s also a lot of windows looking out to the foot traffic of the Landing. During the day, the space is bright and cheerful. We definitely felt at home.
As soon as we were seated, our server and her server-in-training took our drink order. I had to give the peach sweet tea a try. It comes with fresh peach slices in it!
Next came the lovely bread service–cheddar biscuits! These are divine.
Over bread, we made our selections for our meats and sides. We also got an appetizer of flash-fried okra. It was the best fried okra I’d ever had! The breading is similar to what you’d find on fried chicken instead of the typical coating on fried okra. The dipping sauce is yummy, too!
I had to pace myself so I wouldn’t be stuffed before the main course arrived. And soon, our table was full of family-style goodness!
For our meats, we had fried chicken and the chicken-fried pork chops. For sides, we had whipped potatoes, chicken and dumplings, poppyseed tossed salad, corn casserole, and macaroni and cheese. I missed that gravy was served on the pork chops, so we also ordered some without. I prefer the coating to be crisp!
Since the food is all-you-can-eat, you can reorder meats and sides as desired. I think the only other item we refilled was the fried chicken. Kristin loved it! My favorite sides were the whipped potatoes and the chicken and dumplings. The corn casserole was pretty good, too. It reminded me of the spoon bread at a Mexican restaurant in our hometown. Needless to say, we were completely full when it was time to go. Luckily, you can take your dessert to go. We did, but not before taking a little peek at them.
Jeff and Kristin chose the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was good. The cake comes in yellow and chocolate, and it’s unfrosted. It’s more like a brownie. My favorite dessert was the banana pudding. It was the perfect snack later that evening.
We also tried some peach cobbler. So good!
Our experience at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen was wonderful! When we left, the store was packed. We had to carefully navigate our way out of the crowd. With the great food and fun store, Paula Deen’s in Branson is sure to be a success. Give Paula Deen’s a try on your next Branson trip!
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