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Uncle Bubba's Oyster House

Uncle Bubba's Oyster House

Paula and Uncle Bubba invite you to pull up a chair!

by Paula Deen

There’s a little sayin’ that my baby brother Bubba and I are fond of: “Home is where you treat family like friends and friends like family.” In fact, we like it so much that we had it put up on the wall inside Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, the restaurant we started together.

You see, my family takes care of their own. Always have. Bubba was just sixteen when Momma passed away and Daddy had already been gone a few years. So I brought that tore-up little cherub-faced boy into my home to make sure that he was livin’ straight. He grew up into a fine man, started his own business in Albany and raised two beautiful children. But when things got rough, I brought him back under my wing, just where I like him.

In 2004, me and Bubba opened Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, and it is a perfect fit for my brother. He was practically born with a fishin’ pole in his hand. A ton of family photos decorate the walls of the restaurant and some of my favorites are the ones of Bubba fishing—especially the one of him holding his prize grouper that he caught right here in Savannah. (Though if you get the chance, check out the picture of Bubba and me in 1972 . . . when we were skinny!) Bubba and I share a good many qualities. We’re both hardworking and hard playin’. And we wanted the restaurant to reflect that. When you walk into Uncle Bubba’s, you feel right at home—especially if yours was filled with the sights and smells of Southern homecookin’ like Shrimp and Grits steaming and cornbread rising. We didn’t have to look too far for some of the best recipes to put on the menu: Aunt Peggy’s Fried Catfish will make you weep, Bubba’s famous Key Lime Pie is as smooth as butter, and my very own Fried Chicken will make you wanna slap yo’ mama, if I do say so myself. And the Char-Grilled Oysters and Fried Shrimp? Honey, don’t even get me started.

Besides the finger-lickin’ food, the location alone is worth the visit. Located between downtown Savannah and Tybee Island, the outside of the restaurant reminds me of one of the old oyster and shrimp houses from when I was growing up. But inside is like stepping into your grandmomma’s kitchen, from the warm welcome you get to the old fashioned chairs you plant yourself into. Even my grandbaby Jack feels at home. He loves staring into the koi pond out front or pretending to captain the little play boat out back. But me, I like relaxing on the back deck that looks out over the marsh, enjoying the breeze off the water and crackin’ crab legs to the beat of a live band.

It’s not always easy remembering to treat your family like friends—just ask Bubba and I’m sure he’d have a story or two to tell y’all. But at the end of the day, it’s all we have. Bubba and I have worked real hard at keeping our family close and we’re proud of what we’ve done together. So proud, that we want to invite y’all to come to Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House to be a part of it.

Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House
104 Bryan Woods Road
Savannah, GA 31410
GET DIRECTIONS
For Group Reservations and Catering, call 912-897-6101ext. 4

NEW HOURS
Sunday-Wednesday 12PM-8PM, Thursday-Saturday 12PM-9PM

Paula and Uncle Bubba would like to thank you for all that you do for your communities.

EVERY MONDAY we invite all Military, Police Officers, Teachers, Hospital Employees, EMS, and Fire Fighters to join us for a special offer:

BUY ONE ENTRÉE, GET ONE FREE!

Just show up in uniform or bring your ID.

Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House Menu Favorites!
Fried Dill Pickles
Shore is Good Seafood Dip
Chargrilled Oysters
Bubba’s Shrimp and Grits
Bubba’s Crab Stew
Aunt Peggy’s Fried Catfish
Crab Stuffed Flounder
Fried Shrimp
Key Lime Pie


 

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Reader Comments:

 

Dear Paula. I feel you did a fine job on your article. And as for Bubba’s food, well that speaks for itself. My mouth was watering as soon as I read ‘Uncle Bubba;! His resturant was devine. I’ve told a whole bunch of people how to die for delicious his food was. Thank god a nice man who worked there at the oyster bar-b-que had me try 1 oyster! I had buffet that day and never had better in my life but the oyster’s taste made me feel like I was in heaven. I told everyone that I had to make it back for another one!Oh and Uncle Bubba (your brother) is a charming and good natured man. And he ain’t hard on the eyes either. Wink! Have a great day!

Roberta of New Boston NH on September 13, 2010 10:00 AM

Uncle Bubba’s is a great restaurant!  And the Key Lime Pie is the best anywhere!!!!  And it’s the easiest dessert I’ve ever made!  Thank you Paula and Bubba!

Linda Sanders of Hamilton, Ohio on September 13, 2010 10:05 AM

This Is A   Super Idea.  It “s Good To See A Close- Knit Family. I Love Seafood. I Grew Up Lovin” Shrimp I Would Love To Try The Crab Cakes, And Lobster Rolls, I Am Proud Of Bubba, Paula, The Whole Deen Family. Even Michael Gruber. Coffee. Keep Up The Fantastic Work.

Marsha L. Morrison of Chillicothe , Ohio 45601 on September 13, 2010 10:18 AM

I think Uncle Bubba’s should serve fried squash w/ranch dressing on his menu. That goes so very well with seafood. YUMMY!!

Mica Mullikin of San Antonio, tx on September 13, 2010 10:19 AM

Hi Paula,  We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this Nov and I talked my hubby into coming to Savannah and going on your tour and lunch at this restaurant and going to your place for lunch one day also.  Do you have any special recommendations to seniors who come there.  Is there any way we can avoid the long wait.  We are bringing the rv and the dog and looking for a place to put it there.  Any senior discounts would also be appreciated.  Love you and love your show.  Would love to meet you.  Would also like to see where your house is once we get there.  You have such a beautiful setting.  I love the shrimpers and you are right there in the middle of it all.  You lucky girl.  Thanks,  Barb

Barbara Gurta of Navarre, FL on September 13, 2010 10:26 AM

I had the opportunity to take a road trip in 2009 with my best friend of 14 years. We took the trolly tour through Savannah and had lunch at Uncle Bubba’s…I HAD to buy the cookbook, and I use it at least once a week. I grew up in MD, but my grandparents lived in Southern Md, on the Patuxent—right down where it meets the Bay. The recipes in that cookbook remind me of the summers I spent on their pier and on the boat; crab feasts on the weekends; and my great grandmother’s fish frying when she had a freezer full of rockfish.
Walking up to the front door of Uncle Bubba’s, I could smell the salt on the breeze from the marsh..and it smelled just like my grandparents’ yard. My grandmother passed away almost 10 years ago, and I’ve missed her cooking so much! I never expected to feel so “at home” at a restaurant.
Y’all are doing a fantastic job at meeting your goal of treating friends like family.

Thank you smile

Jaclyn of Hagerstown, Md on September 13, 2010 10:39 AM

This article is enough to make me want to come see Georgia.  Sounds like a great place to eat and enjoy life.

Debbie Jenkins of Adkins, TX on September 13, 2010 10:56 AM

Loved the article, coming to Ga. in October can’t wait to go to Bubba’s and back to Lady and Sons.

Martha Slocum of Pa on September 13, 2010 11:19 AM

I have been to Savannah twice and have eaten at Uncle Bubba’s each time.  After eating several places in the Savannah area, I have found that Bubba’s food and atmosphere are my favorite place to take family and friends when I am there.  Bubba was even there the first time we went ... in person ... and my daughter and I had our picture taken with him ... a real southern gentleman.

Pamela Holcomb of Urbana, Maryland on September 13, 2010 11:21 AM

Sounds like the place I want to eat at when I visit Savannah
Hope to visit soon!

Jean Van Over of Clarksville TN on September 13, 2010 11:28 AM

My husband, sister and brother-in-law and I are going to Savannah on October 6-12, will Uncle Bubba be in the restaurant during that time so we can see him?  Sure hope so. Can’t wait to get there.

Patricia Tomlin of Dozier, Alabama on September 13, 2010 02:56 PM

The food sounds delish…I wish I didn’t live so far away so I could try it out. :-(

Nadine Branson of Waitsburg,WA on September 14, 2010 10:31 AM

I had the pleasure of dining at Uncle Bubbs’s as part of the Paula Deen tour when I visited Savannah last summer. The food was excellent and a highlight was getting to meet Bubba and have my picture made with him.

Karen Powell of Rowlett, Tx. on September 14, 2010 12:45 PM

Hello Paula and Bubba, my daughter and I were in Savannah in May for the Bethesda fundraiser.  We traveled from good ole’ California and on our “to do” list was Bubba’s Oyster House (as well as Lady and Sons of course). We had lunch at Bubba’s the day of the fundraiser, and oh my was it ever delicious!!! Being from the West Coast, we had NEVER had deep fried dill pickles, we gorged ourselves on the deep fried dill pickles and corn bread.  By the time our entree’s arrived we were stuffed but still managed to eat the gumbo, fried chicken, and fish…..ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!

We enjoyed the pictures throughout the restaurant; yes, we walked around and looked at all of them! The location is stunning, your outdoor seating looked amazing.  There were great photo opp’s outside, we took some fun pictures.

Oh yes, I bought the cookbook and use it frequently.  I normally get two of every cookbook if it’s a Deen cookbook, I display one and use the other.  I love love love that is is autographed, all but two of my “Deen” cookbooks are autographed, they are my prized possessions smile.

When we met Bubba that evening at the benefit he was so down to earth and friendly, as was the entire family.  We felt just like family - we got to tell Bubba himself just how delicious the food was at his restaurant.  We both felt honored to meet him in person and brag about his restaurant to this day. 

I would like to take my entire family to Savannah someday, and I am certain my husband and two sons will love Bubba’s Oyster House as much as my daughter and myself.  If we were visiting tomorrow it wouldn’t be soon enough!

Always,
Tracey Lopez

deenbrosfan3 of Turlock, CA on September 14, 2010 01:03 PM

Had the meal of a life time with dtr-in-law and my dtr. Was a girls day out with the Paula Deen Tour and ending up at Bubba’s Rest. Met that adorable man. Too bad married. Was a darlin. Had my first oyster ever. Thank goodness for butter Paula. The food was wonderful, atmosphere homey and friendly. Would recommend to all when in Savannah. A definite for the best in eats.

Maureen Mac Donald of Farmington,CT on September 14, 2010 01:17 PM

My husband and I spent two weeks at Hunting Island State Park at Beaufort, South Carolina in August.  We took a day trip to Savannah, mainly to eat at The Lady and Sons, which was wonderful.  We then visited Tybee Island and ate dinner at Uncle Bubba’s on our way back.  It was absolutely delicious.  We will definitely go back next year when we are on vacation!

Christy Fletcher of DeSoto, Illinois on September 14, 2010 01:27 PM

We loved Uncle Bubba’s and had the char-broiled oysters - To die for!!!!!  Best I have ever had.  I sent a friend from Hilton Head there and she loved them as well.  Uncle Bubba’s is on my girl friend weekend trip in Fall of 2011 - Headed there on the way to Tybee Island!  Thanks!
Anne Blalock

Anne Blalock of Maryland on September 14, 2010 01:31 PM

HI PAULA
MY SIS AND LOVE UNCLE BUBBA’S. WENT THERE LAST YEAR ON OUR WAY TO JACKSONVILLE FOR LUNCH.I SWEAR
THE CRAB CAKES WOULD MELT IN YOUR MOUTH. WHAT A WONDERFUL TO EAT AND THE SCENERY IS OUT OF THIS WORLD.
WE WILL BE BACK ON OCT 29 FOR LUNCH. BRINGING OUR FRIEND. THEN IT IS ON TO JAX FOR OUR ANNUAL CRUISE

WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THERE…
CAN’T WAIT TO EAT….
LOVE TO EAT HATE TO COOK

PAM, FARMINGTON HILLS MI

PAM STEINMAN of MICHIGAN on September 14, 2010 02:12 PM

My oldest son was a student at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).  During his years at the college we would go to Bubba’s every time we visited him.  In fact, when he graduated last June, we took the whole family, aunts, uncles, grandparents to Bubba’s for his graduation dinner.  We have not had a bad visit ever!  Thanks for your Southern hospitality!

Lynn Palm of Olathe, Kansas on September 14, 2010 02:53 PM

My husband and I were supposed to visit Uncle Bubba’s and the Lady and Sons for our 30th wedding anniversary, a gift from our best friends. Unfortunately, my breast cancer diagnosis ruined that. We had so looked forward to it. Maybe some day…

Kathy of Pennsylvania on September 14, 2010 05:40 PM

This was such a pleasure to read.  It made me feel like I was there sitting with Miss Paula and Bubba just listening to them talking.  It would be a dream come true to sometime be able to go and visit Uncle Bubba’s and Miss Paula’s Lady and Son’s restaurant.  I told my husband, that is my goal, to visit both restaurants and I am not getting any younger, so whenever the money is saved, we will be down.  Take care, and God Bless!

Janet Balsbaugh of West Milton, Oh on September 14, 2010 08:19 PM

we traveled to both lady and sons and uncle bubbas
bothe were great i had your scallops and macaroni baked the best and had shrimp and grits i never had before and it was delicious will return again someday thanks we love your family

lynn parmeland of elmwood park nj on September 14, 2010 09:32 PM

My parents have gone to Savannah the last 5 years for Thanksgiving and they always eat at Bubba’s!! This year my family is going to and I can’t wait to eat there.  Maybe Paula will be there again this year!!!!!!

Molly of Gainesville GA on September 14, 2010 09:44 PM

LOVE ALL THE WRITE UP BUT TO THE LADY WITH BREAST CANCER ,HONEY U WILL BE THERE TO EAT BEFORE U KNOW IT I AM A SUVIVER 37YRS.SO HANG IN THERE. WE WILL BE AT HUNTING ISLAND LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER I SURE HOPE TO GET IN LADY AND SONS AS WELL AS UNCLE BUBBA’S.I REALY ENJOYED READING ALL OF THE ABOVE, WE HAVE FAMILY THAT RUNS A PUB NOT FAR FROM LADY AN SONS HE SAYS U PAULA R ONE SPECIAL LADY.MY HUSBAND SAYS WE PAY A CABLE BILL JUST SO I CAN WATCH PAULA ,I ALSO LIKE A LOT OF THE OTHERS. I JUST WISH THEY HAD NOT CHANGED THE WAY WE FIND WHAT U COOK I LIKED IT BETTER WHEN I COULD GO TO THE DAY .HOPE TO C AT LEAST ONE OF U

JOYCE MARTIN of PELION,S.C.29123 on September 14, 2010 11:01 PM

What a lovely article about the two of you and the restaurant. My husband and I love visiting down your way and I hope we can come to Bubba’s someday! Appreciate that you include teachers along with the military in the restaurant’s weekly special, seeing that made me feel special. Thank you!

Paula B.D. of Rhode Island on September 15, 2010 07:57 AM

Last Sept my husb and I went to Savannah, we had a fantastic time. You and Michael were out of town, we were disappoointed, took the tour and went to Bubba’s for lunch. First time I had grilled oysters, embarrased my husb by begging for more, absolutely good. Husb met and visited with Bubba (I was in bathroom)...argh. We wanted to come back this year, but I received a liver transplant last month and won’t be able. My surgery did not go smoothly as do most, I had many complications and a lllooonnnggg recovery ahead, but watching your shows and reading you on
internet cheers me up, please keepp the good stuff coming. My son, Ian Cross, lives 90 min aways from us in Rogers, Ark where you occasionally come he has seen you several times. You just remember next time you’re out here come on up to Springfield so I can take you to lunch.

Kaye Cross of Springfield, Missouri on September 15, 2010 03:31 PM

Hi Paula, I would love to go to Savannah someday soon.  I was watching one of your show when I noticed that you called your dog Odis(thats how I spell my dogs name) I had to call my daughter and tell her that you also have a dog named Odis.  The pictures of your food and Bubba’s look so yummy.  I wish my tv had smell-a-vision.  Keep up the good work Paula and sons.  God bless y’all

Laurie Maestas of Albuquerque,NM on September 17, 2010 11:07 AM

Hope to visit Savannah next year.  Guess where I will be eating lunch and dinner.  Reading this article makes me want to get on the road to Savannah NOW!!!!

Carol Tabor of Cape Coral FL 33990 on September 18, 2010 05:33 PM

We have been to Savannah 7 times since you started on the Food Channel.  We met you and Michael on the street outside the Lady and Sons.  You were both so friendly and nice.  You posed for pictures with us.  You also said “I love your accent” and all the time I thought it was just like yours. haha.
Love the Lady and Sons (chicken and collard heaven) and Bubba’s shrimp and key lime pie are to die for!!!  The staff at both places are great.
I must have sent you both a boatload of customers.
Looking forward to being there in Nov.
Edna and Lee

Edna Jones of Ringgold, Va on September 19, 2010 05:48 PM

will be in Savannah on Oct 4,5,6, Plan to take the Paula Deen Tour on Monday the 4th. Looking forward to eating at Uncle Bubba’s and then at the Lady and Sons on Tuesday the 5th. Any chance of getting a signed copy of your latest cookbook? Also a signed copy of Jamie and Bobbie’s latest cookbook? Well be glad to pay for both at Uncle Bubba’s or The Lady and Sons. Must admit cookbooks are one of my passions.Seems everyone wants me to do the cooking for just about every Holiday or get together. Since I was raised in the South guess who"s cookbooks are ALWAYS used for menu. Thank You Jeanne

jeanne of schaumburg il on September 19, 2010 09:11 PM

I’m getting sooooo excited about my vacation !!!  My hubby & I are leaving 4 Savannah on my bday Oct 31st.  Were planning on coming to the Lady and Sons and Uncle Bubbas !  My hubbys bday is Nov 4th.  We’ll b ready to celebrate a much needed vacation get-a-way .  Staying on Tybee isle.  Love ya’ll Miss Paula & Bubbas !!  It will b our first time 2 Ga.  Counting down the days.  No work for an entire week.  Yipee

Amy Cooper of LaFollette, Tn. on October 13, 2010 08:36 PM

Hey Paula,
  I saw you recently in Cherokee,N.C. I was the lady who gave you my fried pecans. Hope you enjoyed them.Hope to meet you one day when we can sit around and talk. I love to watch your show and have many of your products.I also love your boys. Meet them at a book signing in Savannah. Hope to see you soon.Keep up the good work.

Pam Lamb of Midville,Ga. on October 20, 2010 11:55 AM

Paula, Love, Love, Love, all of your magazines, and watch all of your foodnetwork shows.  Truly enjoy your cooking with your family. They are like mine.  Just awesome. (Have your cookbooks too!)

My daughters flew me to Savannah for my birthday 2 years ago.  We ate at the Lady and Sons.  Just delicious, and we also went to Uncle Bubba’s.  Equally delicious.  Can’t wait to go back for another trip.

Mary in Missouri

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Yummy recipe my mouth is watering thanks for sharing the recipe i will treat my friends.
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Jay Desouza on October 25, 2010 08:48 AM

MY HUSBAND AND I ATTENDED YOUR BRUNCH IN FEBRUARY OF 2009 FOR MY 70th BIRTHDAY. WE TOOK THE PAULA DEAN TOUR WHICH INCLUDED LUNCH AT BUBBA’S AND DINNER AT THE LADY AND SONS. GREAT FOOD. I BOUGHT BUBBA’S COOKBOOK AND MY HUSBAND LOVES THE CHARBROILED OYSTERS.  I BOUGHT SEVERAL OF YOUR COOKBOOKS AND YOU WERE KIND ENOUGH TO AUTOGRAPH THEM FOR ME. I ENJOYED THE ON STAGE HUGS FROM YOU, MICHAEL AND BOBBY.
I LEFT YOU MY PRIZE WINNING CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE.
I WONDER IF YOU EVER HAD TIME TO BAKE IT?
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES….PAT

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