Come to Jestine's for classic southern comfort food. This restaurant has been featured on Rachel Ray's USD40 A Day show, and not surprisingly, the ... More
Come to Jestine's for classic southern comfort food. This restaurant has been featured on Rachel Ray's USD40 A Day show, and not surprisingly, the food is excellent, with large portions but small prices. Each patron starts their meal with a bowl of complimentary cucumber pickles. Must-try dishes include the fried chicken, corn fritters, shrimp and grits, okra, fried green tomatoes, and the cornbread, which comes with pads of butter drizzled with honey. They don't take reservations, so during busy times a line forms outside the restaurant. However, the wait is worth it.
Absolutley Down Home solid Southern Home Cookin' at its best! Three of us happened upon this quaint place and ordered three different items-pot roast-OMG! Juicy and broke apart with a fork. Pecan Encrusted flounder-yummy! Pecan encrusted chicken-Moist!!! Cukes on the table before were the best ever! Too full for dessert-will defintely save room the next time-waitress was so nice! The grits? THE BEST in AMERICA! Will go to Charleston just to eat there for sure!!!
This Charleston classic still has the best fried okra I ever had. Their claim to fame is the fried chicken but I prefer the fish. The tea is half and half and very good. They staff is nice and the place is pretty much always packed. There really nothing I don't like about the place except for the lines.
I visited the restaurant with my brother in June. The food was great. I loved the fried green tomatoes and the dipping sauce. The fried chicken was the best I ever tried, it was crisp, but, not greasy and spiced just right. i had coconut cream pie for dessert, and it was delightful as well. I would definitely eat there again.
We went there today for lunch and was disappointed. The food really had no flavor. I ordered the special of the day, Sausage Gumbo which could have come out from a can. The mac n cheese was the biggest disappointment again no real flavor, we had 3 children in our party and they didn't eat much of it. The fried green tomatoes again, no seasoning. I can understand making your food appeasing to all different types of palates but this place just didn't cut the mustard. I wanted to like this place, but it's a tourist trap living off it's hype.
Jestine's Kitchen is a great place for the taste of southern cooking. I have eaten here a few times and have never had a bad meal. I love the catfish. Also try the fried chicken, fried okra, pecan pie, Coke cola cake. The staff is great and friendly. I really can't think of anything bad about the place, maybe the line to get in, but just get there early. It is worth the wait.
First time in Charleston and tried Jestine's. The home cooking was delicious! Had a baked pork chop over rice with mushroom gravy, collards, hoppin john, and pickles with cornbread and butter with honey. I'm a northerner but happen to like sweet tea and theirs is excellent. Had two desserts, banana pudding and coca cola cake. Both are to die for. Only one thing more wonderfull than the great food and that is Dana the beautiful owner. You may have to stand in line for a while but it is certainly worth it. I would fly to Charleston just to eat at Jestine's
My wife and I visited Jestine's Kitchen on our 9th wedding anniversary because one of my co-workers said we should try it. We expected a long wait but were pleasantly surprised that the wait was short (waited outside for about 10 minutes). My wife had the pork chops and I had the fried chicken. Our meals were not much to brag on. The pork chops did not have any seasoning and the chicken skin tasted like fat back. The service was good but the food was not exactly what I expected. I would give Jestine's another try but I'm not sure if my wife would.
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