The couple dined at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Ga.

By Polly Stramm
Updated September 10, 2013 10:30 AM
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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on Monday with a down-home feast that reminded them of their Southern-themed nuptials.

The couple, who wed at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Sept. 9 last year, were spotted in nearby Charleston over the weekend before moving on to Savannah, Ga. – where they stopped for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.

“They were absolutely darling,” Marcia Thompson, owner of the historic, all-you-can-eat restaurant, tells PEOPLE.

“I asked them what they were doing in Savannah, and she said it was their anniversary and they had never been able to get in the restaurant before. The line wasn’t too terribly long today.”

After waiting in line outside, Reynolds and Lively were seated at a table with six others for the family-style meal, which included plates piled high with such Southern favorites as fried chicken, homemade biscuits, macaroni and cheese, cabbage, meatloaf and butter beans.

“Nobody made a fuss over them,” Thompson says. “I know the other people sitting at the table knew who they were, but they didn’t say anything to them about who they were and that was nice. I thanked [the other diners] for that.”

The couple left before dessert – banana pudding – was served and Reynolds, 36, paid cash for their lunch (the bill was $36) and left a generous tip.

“When he stood up and put that smile on me, I nearly fainted. He is so good-looking,” Thompson said of Reynolds, who was named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2010. And she says Lively, 26, “was so sweet and so pretty.”

“I am honored that they came here on their anniversary,” Thompson says. “I hope they enjoyed it.”