Jestine's Kitchen: "There's a reason there are lines to get inside!" Jestine's Kitchen Tip by apbeaches

Jestine's Kitchen, Charleston: 1 reviews and 5 photos

Real southern hospitality felt like we were visiting family in this cozy yet not crowded restaurant. Jestine Matthews was born in Low country in 1885. Her mother was a native American and her father was the son of a freed slave. Jestine moved to Charleston working as a laundress and housekeeper. In 1928, she went to work for the Ellison family who were expecting a baby. Dana Berlin is the baby that now owns Jestine's with Shera Lee Berlin, her daughter. Justine died in 1997 at 112. Her recipes inspired the menu.

We began with sweet cucumber pickles & huge glasses of iced tea. The sweet was too sweet so I got unsweetened with a splash of sweetness. Our meal came out pretty quickly. Afterwards we went next door to the bakery and bought cola and red velvet cakes to go. We were not disappointed!

We return to Jestine's everytime we are in Charleston. Breakfasts are wonderful as are lunches. The corn fritters, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes just everything is a wow! Portions are huge, service is quick and prices are very reasonable!

Favorite Dish: Po Boy, Iced Tea & shrimp gumbo were pretty amazing. People all around us were getting two huge pieces of fried chicken (I've never seen such large chicken) it looked wonderful.

Address: 251 Meeting St., Charleston, SC, Charleston
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Corner of Wentworth & Meeting, follow the long line around the corner!
Phone: (843) 722-7224
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2016
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