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I survived the line at‌

Jestine’s Kitchen

BLFGT (bacon, lettuce & fried-green tomato sandwich)


survived the line” isn’t just a saying when you’re talking about Jestine’s Kitchen…it’s a feat. Located at 251 Meeting Street on the corner of Wentworth and Meeting Street, the little wholein-the-wall restaurant unique to Charleston’s charm has been a favorite for years among the locals and tourists alike. Their saying “Home Cooking in a Warm Atmosphere” is a promise.

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 9:30pm Friday-Saturday 11am - 10pm Sunday 11am-9pm

“Home Cooking in a Warm Atmosphere” Jestine Matthews was a low country native who worked for the Ellison family. Through this they built a life-long friendship. Jestine’s Kitchen is own by Shera Lee Berlin, the granddaughter of the Ellison family. Jestine lived to be 112 and the restaurant was built to share Jestine’s southern, home-cooking to all. And through it, her memory will live on forever.

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’s Magazine’s “O’s Charleston’s Travel Guide.” It received the “Readers Choice Award” in 2009 from Southern Living.

Some of the items on their menu include: BLFGT (bacon, lettuce and fried-green tomato sandwich) fried turkey with macaroni & cheese and mashed potatoes, sweet chicken and limas over white rice, fried catfish over grits, crabby patty sandwich with fries and slaw, and Coca-Cola pork chop over white rice.

“Their sweet tea is truly southern and absolutely to die for!”

Their daily veggies sometimes include black-eyed peas and stewed cabbage. And their desserts are absolutely to die for! Coca-Cola cake, banana pudding and pecan pie are just to name a few. All home-made and all absolutely delicious! Sweet chicken and limas over white rice

My family and I were immediately hooked... ...two years ago when we tasted Jestine’s Kitchen for the first time. It truly is a unique taste of the south. With recipes straight from Jestine herself, this is one restaurant that will stand the test of time.

My Aunt Carol Ann and I

My parents, Rick & Tammy

So, will you survive the line at Jestine’s Kitchen?

If you are looking for a casual, laid back, familyfriendly restaurant then this is the place for you. Even though we had to stand in line for 30 minutes, it was well worth the wait. The service was excellent, the waiters friendly, and the food superb! I personally had the BLFGT (bacon, lettuce and fried-green tomato sandwich) and it was unlike anything I’ve ever had. How many people can say they’ve had one of those? If you happen to find yourself in Charleston sometime soon stop by Jestine’s Kitchen and give it a try.



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