Somewhere down South, on a two-lane road, lives a tiny little diner that radiates everything that is Southern Charm and serves the BEST potato salad you’ll ever eat in your entire life.
My wife and I couldn’t have come from more opposite childhoods. Being a product of North Side Pittsburgh, going to the South to see her family in Georgia is always an adventure.
Her parents live on a highway with a mailbox on the side. If you miss it, your only chance is to put the car in reverse or drive a little ways until the next mailbox so you can turn around. The drive way is dirt, the roof is tin, and the rooster crows all day long!
One day Wendy’s sister wanted to treat us to lunch, so we all piled in the car (when you have two toddlers in tow and 4 adults, it’s a pile for sure) and headed to what they call “town.” After driving past pastures, cows, and a few houses, we ended up at Daisy Mae’s Café.
And it was love at first sight.
Daisy Mae’s is owned and operated by Wendy’s aunt Vicki. She’s an adorable woman with a keen eye for interior design and the most CHARMING furniture collection.
Previously, she owned a furniture store, and has since used many of her own pieces to decorate her Café in the most enchanting eclectic style imaginable. The whole place makes you feel like you’re at home, sharing a meal with your closest friends and family. And the details??? Exquisite! Just look at that ceiling!
The history of the building is also something to note. Being a former History teacher, I am obsessed with all things old that tell a unique story! I admittedly spent hours researching this building while writing this post, but came up rather short. I did, however, come across a headline in the Effingham Herald from October 1923 reading “Ingram’s Pharmacy in Springfield burns (again).”
Through talking with Ms. Vicki, I learned that the little Café had worn a number of hats, from the apparent fire-laden Ingram’s Pharmacy, to a Grocery Store, a Dry Cleaner’s, and finally the perfect little Café.
One thing that is extremely interesting is that a member of Ms. Vicki and Wendy’s family has ALWAYS worked in this building, not matter what was inside! Can you believe that? For over 100 years, an Exley/Edwards has manned the register, cleaned the floors, helped the customers, and locked the doors of this historic building in tiny little Springfield, Ga. It’s a very difficult thing to wrap your head around, if you think about it.
For now, though, Ms. Vicki is the Edwards-in-residence, and she is doing an absolutely FANTASTIC job! The food is amazing, the atmosphere is like a dream, and the tea is the perfect type of sweet!
You can visit Daisy Mae’s if you ever find yourself in the area! Also, go check out their facebook page and give it a like!