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 Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina

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Michael Stern

Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 3:00 PM (permalink)
Keep an eye out in an upcoming Saveur magazine for a story we wrote about Charleston soul food. Meanwhile, I'll share a few photos of the marvelous food at Bertha's Kitchen. First, the mighty hamhock:

Of course, macaroni & cheese was on the menu:

And field peas:

Pig feet, anyone?

Ok, then, how about a big ol' length of sausage?

The cabbage is great. Note all the pig meat it contains:

The place was packed with fire fighters and EMTs the day we dined:

These are the geniuses behind this restaurant: the late Bertha and her three hard-working daughters:

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    billyboy

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    Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 3:15 PM (permalink)
    Oh Mr. Stern, you are a bad, bad man!!    Thanks so much!  Having never eaten a hamhock before could you advise how one tackles it?  I always assumed they were used more for seasoning (greens, soups, stews) as opposed to being an entree.
     
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      Michael Stern

      Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 3:56 PM (permalink)
      billyboy


      Oh Mr. Stern, you are a bad, bad man!!    Thanks so much!  Having never eaten a hamhock before could you advise how one tackles it?  I always assumed they were used more for seasoning (greens, soups, stews) as opposed to being an entree.


      Tackle is the correct verb. Knife and fork are inadequate because you have to do a lot of separating of lean from fat and both of them from bone. Fingers will be glistening. It's a lot of work compared to pulled pork shoulder ... but those strips of lean with just enough fat clinging to them are delicious².
       
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        billyboy

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        Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 4:02 PM (permalink)
        Ahh noble pig, you nourish me in so many forms! 
         
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          chewingthefat

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          Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 5:30 PM (permalink)
          Fantastic pics, all of it has my name on it, but the Sausage and cabbage especially. Micheal, what kind of sausage is it, do they make it there, and are the hocks and pigs feet smoked?
           
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            Michael Stern

            Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 6:12 PM (permalink)
            chewingthefat


            Fantastic pics, all of it has my name on it, but the Sausage and cabbage especially. Micheal, what kind of sausage is it, do they make it there, and are the hocks and pigs feet smoked?

            I don't know for certain, but I am quite sure they do not make the sausage. It was kielbasa-like, but that's all I know. The feet and hocks are not smoked. Just cooked forever!
             
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              doggydaddy

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              Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Thu, 11/18/10 7:45 PM (permalink)
               
              What? No dessert?
              It all looks great...
               
              mark
               
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                joerogo

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                Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Fri, 11/19/10 8:44 AM (permalink)
                Soul Food is definitely under represented in my diet.  The Carolina's have always been flyover country for me.  I need to change that.
                 
                Looking forward to the full article.
                 
                 
                 
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                  Nancypalooza

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                  Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Fri, 11/19/10 10:05 AM (permalink)
                  God, that looks delicious.  Great pictures!
                   
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                    Michael Stern

                    Re:Bertha's Kitchen, Charleston, South Carolina Fri, 11/19/10 12:55 PM (permalink)
                    doggydaddy


                     
                    What? No dessert?
                    It all looks great...

                    mark

                    How about a bowl full of fruit cocktail cake?


                     
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