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January 19, 2011
From journal A Young Couple Goes to Charleston
by Oscar Parker
charleston, South Carolina
September 11, 2007
From journal Jestine's Kitchen
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 27, 2007
From journal Charleston Dining…YUM-O!
by Crazy Cat Lady
June 7, 2005
From journal Southern Comfort in Charleston
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
April 2, 2005
Jestine's has a great history. It is named after a woman named Jestine Matthews, born in the area in 1885. Jestine moved to the city around 1900 and became a housekeeper for the Ellison family. The woman who owns Jestine's today is the granddaughter of those Ellisons. She was raised with Jestine's warm heart and wonderful cooking. She actually lived to be 112 - ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE! Incredible! So don't let anyone tell you that fried chicken and mashed potatoes are bad for you.
What I love about the place is the wonderful atmosphere they have managed to create. The walls are decorated with family pictures. The tables and window sills are crammed full of kitschy salt-and-pepper shakers of all shapes and sizes. We had some near us shaped like flip-flops. I had to restrain myself from taking them, they were so great. The back of the restaurant has a big industrial fridge with pictures drawn by kids on it. It feels like you are eating in a bigger, busier version of your grandma’s kitchen. And all the servers call you "sugah" and "darling," so it really hits home.
With all that, it would be devastating if the food wasn’t wonderful, but you won’t be disappointed. Jestine’s is one of those places where I can’t decide what to get. I stare at the menu and invariably change my mind a hundred times. Everything looks so good. It is all traditional Southern soul food. They have all the basics, like fried green tomatoes ($5 for a big plate), meatloaf ($6), fried cChicken ($9), and all kinds of Low-Country seafood. One thing that I hadn’t heard of is pecan-crusted whiting ($5) – a type of mild fish. It is really good! We don’t have that in Alabama. Of course, just about everything comes with fried okra – and it’s done right, battered in corn meal, not flour. You can also get a variety of other sides, like gumbo, red rice, or wonderful mashed potatoes (all $2). For drinks, make sure to try Jestine’s "table wine" (better known as sweet tea). Or, for a real treat, get a bottle of Coke or IBC Root beer, served icy cold.
You will walk out of here with a full belly and a big smile, thanking Jestine.
From journal Ahhh, Gluttony. A guide to dinner in Charleston
June 22, 2004
From journal A Few Days in Charming Charleston