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Gullah Cuisine

1717 US-17, Mt. Pleasant, SC - (843) 881-9076
Posted By Alison Bartel on 8/22/2011 8:03:00 AM
Four of us had dinner at Gullah Cuisine on 8/21/11. We had an okra gumbo, a seafood gumbo, two seafood casseroles, and a bowl of she-crab soup. Our sides: mac 'n' cheese, fried okra, sweet potato casserole, and Gullah rice. Even though it was a Sunday evening at 8:30, we were all satisfied with the food and service, with one caveat. My sister found two small chicken bones in her okra gumbo, one of which she inadvertently swallowed.

I enjoyed the spiciness of the sweet potato casserole. I'm not sure if the Gullah rice is everything it's touted to be. My seafood casserole had a Newburg-type base with plenty of seafood in it. The macaroni and cheese had clearly been reheated as it was crunchy on top and not heated completely through. I was expecting the she-crab soup to be creamy and orange-yellow, with sherry. Not so. There was plenty of crab in the creamy white soup but that was it.

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Gullah Rice
Cornbread Muffin
Okra Gumbo
She-Crab Soup
Ice Tea
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The aroma and flavors of Gullah gumbo are positively dizzying. It is loaded with shrimp, chicken, and sausage and thickened by okra in the classical manner.
"The aroma and flavors of Gullah gumbo are positively dizzying. It is loaded with shrimp, chicken, and sausage and thickened by okra in the classical manner."
Michael Stern





Look closely at this serving of she-crab soup and note the layer of clear sherry that floats atop the creamy soup. A couple of servings of this and you won’t pass a breathalyzer test!
"Look closely at this serving of she-crab soup and note the layer of clear sherry that floats atop the creamy soup. A couple of servings of this and you won’t pass a breathalyzer test!"
Michael Stern


A close view of Gullah rice gives a sense of how much flavor there is in every bite. Shrimp, chicken, and sausage each delivers its own note and the rice itself is an edible kaleidoscope. The portion is not immense, but the satisfaction is.
"A close view of Gullah rice gives a sense of how much flavor there is in every bite. Shrimp, chicken, and sausage each delivers its own note and the rice itself is an edible kaleidoscope. The portion is not immense, but the satisfaction is."
Michael Stern


Forking into the dish of collard greens revealed many chunks and shreds of ham, the flavor of which had permeated every fiber of the vegetable's leaves.
"Forking into the dish of collard greens revealed many chunks and shreds of ham, the flavor of which had permeated every fiber of the vegetable's leaves."
Michael Stern


No one ever need nag me to eat my vegetables when they are as delicious as Gullah Cuisine's collard greens. This is one of the greenest-flavored dishes on earth.
"No one ever need nag me to eat my vegetables when they are as delicious as Gullah Cuisine's collard greens. This is one of the greenest-flavored dishes on earth."
Michael Stern


Most sweet teas are pretty similar, varying only in degree of sweetness. This one is unique, flavored not with sugar but with honey. Its floral taste is fine complement for the flavor bouquet of each dish.
"Most sweet teas are pretty similar, varying only in degree of sweetness. This one is unique, flavored not with sugar but with honey. Its floral taste is fine complement for the flavor bouquet of each dish."
Michael Stern


Like everything else here, these lightly coated fried shrimp are powerfully flavored.
"Like everything else here, these lightly coated fried shrimp are powerfully flavored."
Cliff Strutz


The cornbread muffin that signals the beginning of the meal looks pretty ordinary, but it is not. The oven-hot cylinder of corn cake is so fragile that it falls into pieces when you put any pressure on it. It is grain with the character of cream.
"The cornbread muffin that signals the beginning of the meal looks pretty ordinary, but it is not. The oven-hot cylinder of corn cake is so fragile that it falls into pieces when you put any pressure on it. It is grain with the character of cream."
Michael Stern


How do so many southern cooks manage to transform austere broccoli into a rich, luscious vegetable? We’d guess the answer includes breadcrumbs, plenty of butter, and cooking time long enough to make it soft as clotted cream.
"How do so many southern cooks manage to transform austere broccoli into a rich, luscious vegetable? We’d guess the answer includes breadcrumbs, plenty of butter, and cooking time long enough to make it soft as clotted cream."
Michael Stern


We love a restaurant on a mission. Here at Gullah cuisine, chef and proprietor Charlotte Jenkins aims to share the culinary gifts of the lowcountry.
"We love a restaurant on a mission. Here at Gullah cuisine, chef and proprietor Charlotte Jenkins aims to share the culinary gifts of the lowcountry."
Michael Stern


The fried chicken on this plate had been delivered to the serving pan hot from the fryer, still glistening. It is luxuriously chicken-fatty, tender, and delicious. Clockwise, from the drumstick, are collard greens, braised cabbage, candied yams, and macaroni and cheese.
"The fried chicken on this plate had been delivered to the serving pan hot from the fryer, still glistening. It is luxuriously chicken-fatty, tender, and delicious. Clockwise, from the drumstick, are collard greens, braised cabbage, candied yams, and macaroni and cheese."
Michael Stern


If you like your yams sweet, these caramelized hunks are heaven on earth. They were an especially good companion to the potent greens on the buffet.
"If you like your yams sweet, these caramelized hunks are heaven on earth. They were an especially good companion to the potent greens on the buffet."
Michael Stern



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