Blake Lively indulged on rich Southern food during a three-hour feast in Winthrop, Massachusetts.

The former 'Gossip Girl' star, who loves to cook and is preparing to launch her own lifestyle brand, took a break from filming a sex trafficking TV special for PBS to tuck into a huge family-style lunch at Blackstrap BBQ restaurant with her camera crew on Tuesday (04.02.14).

The eatery's owner Kate Economides told E! News: ''Blake was so down to earth, just like a girl next door. You can tell she is a very caring person, using her celebrity status to do good.''

She added: ''Whenever I came to the table, Blake made it a point to look me in the eyes and say thank you.''

The 27-year-old 'Savages' actress, who is married to Ryan Reynolds, was extremely complimentary of the food, which included smoked chicken, corn fritters, fried pickles, onion rings, collard greens, baked beans and corn bread, and told the chef she ''nailed it'' before leaving.

The blonde beauty previously admitted she doesn't diet and work out to stay in shape.

She said: ''I don't really need a personal trainer, or watch what I eat. I can't start the day without a hot chocolate, or finish it without a few squares of dark chocolate. It's good for my mood!''