Jestine’s Kitchen – True Southern Cuisine
I am not normally a person who does
roundoff back handsprings carwheels somersaults for fried chicken. I can take it or leave it. But, Jestine’s Kitchen made me wanna find a gym mat.
Jestine’s Kitchen has been featured on Rachael Ray’s “$40 A Day,” the Food Network’s “Best Of,” Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and in Oprah Magazine’s “O’s Charleston’s Travel Guide.” In 2009 it received the “Readers Choice Award” from Southern Living magazine.
Jestine’s Kitchen is known for home cooking in a warm atmosphere. A lil’ history… Jestine Matthews was a native to the low country who worked for the Ellison family in Charleston. Ms. Matthews and the Ellisons built a lifelong friendship. The owner of Jestine’s Kitchen is Shera Lee Berlin, the daughter to the only Ellisons’ child. Jestine lived for an amazing 112 years, but her Southern home cooking lives on – on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.
The rest in pictures –
Thirsty? Have some water from this jug strapped to a tree outside of the restaurant (there’s no reservations and often a line long around the corner!). We probably waited 30 minutes on a Friday night at 7:30pm. FYI: There are fans running outside for comfort.
Pickles while waiting? Yes, please!
Ridiculous salt & pepper tchotchkes? Check!
::holy cannoli, that’s how you spell chotchkey?!::
Scooter’s cuteness + sweet tea
Yummy cornbread with butter swimming in maple syrup
AND DRUMROLL (US-gymnast-in-the-Olympics-style)…
Fried chicken (white meat only – that was our choice), mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes
If you can’t tell, there were 2 HUGE pieces of chicken. It barely looked like I made a dent into this dish by the time I was full and we got 2 of these identical plates!!! Needless to say, we had a lot of leftovers!!!
You probably think we spent a fortune, right? Think again!
$32.87 before tip for 2 nights worth of dinner!
I very much enjoyed this dinner, but Scott CANNOT stop talking about it. Time to go back AANNNNDDD invite my father…because he has yet to have fried chicken live up to the fried chicken that he ate in D.C. on a school trip when he was 13. Yeah, he dreams about this chicken. Time to make a new memory, Dad!!!
Are you a fried chicken lover? What’s your biggest comfort food downfall?
I have many, but I’d say nachos and chili cheese dip top my list!
p.s. There were lots of Southern food choices on Jestine’s Kitchen’s menu including “Jes’s Meatloaf,” “Pecan Fried Chicken Breast,” “Okra Gumbo,” and “Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich with potato chips.”
p.s.s. Forget the fried chicken, that was THEE BEST sweet tea I’ve ever had – wheeeeeeeeeeee!
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