Sunday, July 3, 2011

Friends and Fingers: Lunch at Spanky's

Like it wasn't great enough to have a four-day weekend, I got to meet up with two of my best friends for a lunch at Spanky's Restaurant in Pooler, Georgia on Sunday. We haven't seen each other in a while and Spanky's is one of our favorite places to get together. Normally, it's a "girls only" affair, but I decided to bring my older son along while my husband ran errands with our younger son. Sometimes, a "divide and conquer" gameplan is the best approach for children who like to argue with each other all the time. Besides, my son has known these ladies since he was born. He likes to tag along.

Chris, Julia, and I were going to need an appetizer because we had two hours of girl talk ahead of us. We always order the same appetizer every time we come here - the fried vegetable platter. It's full of battered and fried broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, and squash. We slather it in ranch dressing because we're healthy like that.

You don't know what you're missing if you've never had fried broccoli. A word of warning: these veggies are HOT and you can injure the roof of your mouth if you're not careful. All three of us have done that in the past and consider it a lesson learned.

Spanky's side salad is called a sub salad. Julia and my son each got one of these. It's quite a substantial salad with cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and sunflower kernels.

But, this is what Spanky's is famous for - the chicken finger. Chris and I each enjoyed a four-piece basket with spuds. My boy ate the pickle along with his kid's burger and fries.

In case you've never seen a spud, this is it: a thinly sliced potato that's battered and fried.

Along with the sub salad, Julie branched out and got her fingers dipped in buffalo sauce. They looked delicious, too. I like a little kick of hot sauce myself.

It's very rare that I get to have a two-hour leisurely lunch with my girlfriends. There was a lot of catching up, laughter, and counseling. I love to inflict my wisdom on these two. I miss working with these two ladies when we could gather together on a regular basis. We've gone our separate ways since meeting in 1999, but each time we get together, it's like no time has passed at all. Of course, a platter of fried veggies and a basket of fingers and spuds are always good conversation starters. I hope you all have friendships like that.

Spanky's of Pooler is located at 1221 U.S. Highway 80 E, Pooler, GA 31322. To view the menu, visit Spanky's of River Street.


  1. Oh boy does this lunch look yummy! I've never had fried broccoli...but it looks delicious!!! And I know what you mean about fried foods being so hot to burn the roof of your mouth...bad...:(

    Glad you had a wonderful fun day!!!

    xoox Gert

  2. Ohh Spanky's is SO good! We traveled to Savannah about a month ago and had lunch there. Yum! You MUST try the alfredo shrimp pizza! AWESOME!!

  3. Thanks Angie! One of my sons ordered the cheese pizza and it was delicious! I know a shrimp pizza has to be great. Thanks for letting me know. I do need to venture out and try something other than chicken fingers. They do have an extensive menu.

  4. Sounds like y'all had a wonderful time and it sounded like the perfect lunch too ;) Yummm!

  5. Wow! We don't have anything like that here in NYC and I'm soooooo jealous! Looks delicious and now I'm super hungry for lunch :)

  6. Those spuds look tasty! I thought they were fried pickles at first. I want to try some :) I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

  7. This is my favorite restaurant - best chicken fingers, spuds and ranch in the whole wide world!!!


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