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Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting St., Charleston, SC - (843) 722-7224
Posted By Alex Bush on 10/11/2010 10:09:00 PM
This is a tourist trap. To begin, there are approximately 12 tables inside this restaurant. When my friends and I arrived, we discovered that the business did not take names at the door, and instead expected customers to line the outside of the building and wait until someone came and got us (which I saw lead to a dispute between a couple people as to who arrived first). After being seated, our server, who seemed almost arrogantly dismissive about our presence, rattled off the daily specials and sort of made an off-handed comment when one of us ordered a drink different from the rest, as if it were too much of a challenge.

We each ordered a variation of fried chicken, which really was FANTASTIC. (At this point in the meal, the food had won me over.) However, the worst part came when we got to the payment portion of the meal. One of the customers at our table got the waitress' attention and asked for our check(s). She gave him a scowling look, to which he confusingly replied, "Is that alright?" She told him that the menu stated that if we wanted separate checks we would need to have asked for them at the beginning of the meal (not that she made any effort to ask us at the beginning), but that she would make an "exception" this time and ring it up as we pleased (this ASTOUNDED me!). She then threatened to put another patron's meal on this individuals ticket and, although she didn't do so, proceeded to bring his ticket before the others with the comment, "Here, since you're in such a hurry."

I suppose my point is that the food is wonderful, but the service is MISERABLE. There are a number of other great restaurants in Charleston that make the same style food, just as good, with exceptional service. Try Hominy Grill, for example... I think a lot of locals go there once a week! (No, really, it is awesome!) Enjoy your trip to Charleston, and avoid Jestine's.

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What a good combination: honey-glazed ham atop a field of creamy grits.
"What a good combination: honey-glazed ham atop a field of creamy grits."
Michael Stern





Amazing!  The best fried chicken I have ever had.  Can't say any more than that.
"Amazing! The best fried chicken I have ever had. Can't say any more than that."
Mukur Hazari


When you order a basket of warm cornbread, you also get some pats of butter drizzled with honey. The cornbread arrives hot, so the butter and honey melt right into it.
"When you order a basket of warm cornbread, you also get some pats of butter drizzled with honey. The cornbread arrives hot, so the butter and honey melt right into it."
Michael Stern


Jestine's is a friendly urban cafe that serves a daily blue-plate special AND a green-plate special.Our favorite day is Sunday, when shrimp and grits is the star of the show.
"Jestine's is a friendly urban cafe that serves a daily blue-plate special AND a green-plate special.Our favorite day is Sunday, when shrimp and grits is the star of the show. "
Michael Stern


To start the meal, every table gets a dish of cucumber pickles. On the right is the silverware, wrapped in a washcloth that serves as a napkin.
"To start the meal, every table gets a dish of cucumber pickles. On the right is the silverware, wrapped in a washcloth that serves as a napkin."
Michael Stern


Barbecue-sauced pork tenderloin is an immense hunk of sweet meat. It comes with porter-stewed collard greens; and I chose fried okra (excellent) as another companion vegetable.
"Barbecue-sauced pork tenderloin is an immense hunk of sweet meat. It comes with porter-stewed collard greens; and I chose fried okra (excellent) as another companion vegetable."
Michael Stern


A close view of the porter-stewed collard greens. Note how liberally laced with meat they are.
"A close view of the porter-stewed collard greens. Note how liberally laced with meat they are."
Michael Stern


I never can resist ordering banana pudding when I see it on the dessert menu. While Jestine's is perfectly fine, I much prefer the restaurant's chocolate cakes.
"I never can resist ordering banana pudding when I see it on the dessert menu. While Jestine's is perfectly fine, I much prefer the restaurant's chocolate cakes."
Michael Stern


Jestine's offers two kinds of fried chicken -- regular, as shown here, and a pecan fried chicken breast. The latter looked mighty good, but our table went with the classic variety and we were not at all disappointed. Mac 'n' cheese and collard greens are in the background.
"Jestine's offers two kinds of fried chicken -- regular, as shown here, and a pecan fried chicken breast. The latter looked mighty good, but our table went with the classic variety and we were not at all disappointed. Mac 'n' cheese and collard greens are in the background."
Michael Stern


There was much debate at the table over which was better -- the Coca Cola cake, pictured here, or the Midnight magic cake. I found the Coke cake to be more super-chocolaty and goopy, almost (but not quite) too rich to finish.
"There was much debate at the table over which was better -- the Coca Cola cake, pictured here, or the Midnight magic cake. I found the Coke cake to be more super-chocolaty and goopy, almost (but not quite) too rich to finish."
Michael Stern


Dark and devilish, midnight magic cake is intense but somewhat more sophisticated than the alternative chocolate dessert, Coca-Cola cake.
"Dark and devilish, midnight magic cake is intense but somewhat more sophisticated than the alternative chocolate dessert, Coca-Cola cake."
Michael Stern


Always in good taste, coconut pie at Jestine's is a pleasant little wedge of cool, smooth comfort. I wouldn't rank it among the best, but neither did I leave a crumb of it on the plate.
"Always in good taste, coconut pie at Jestine's is a pleasant little wedge of cool, smooth comfort. I wouldn't rank it among the best, but neither did I leave a crumb of it on the plate."
Michael Stern


Two sizes of meat loaf are available: 4 and 8 ounces. This is the bigger; and after corn fritter and fried green tomato appetizers, it proved too large for the normal eater who ordered it. By the way, those are excellent mashed potatoes at the upper left of the plate.
"Two sizes of meat loaf are available: 4 and 8 ounces. This is the bigger; and after corn fritter and fried green tomato appetizers, it proved too large for the normal eater who ordered it. By the way, those are excellent mashed potatoes at the upper left of the plate."
Michael Stern


To get taste buds at attention, Jestine's offers each table a bowl of crunch pickles to start the meal.
"To get taste buds at attention, Jestine's offers each table a bowl of crunch pickles to start the meal."
Michael Stern


Every Wednesday's blue-plate special: Shrimp creole. It is a festive bowl of firm shrimp and vegetables atop a bed of white rice.
"Every Wednesday's blue-plate special: Shrimp creole. It is a festive bowl of firm shrimp and vegetables atop a bed of white rice."
Michael Stern


Smothered cabbage is not listed on the regular menu, but was a special the night we dined at Jestine's. It is supremely tender and hardly spiced at all.
"Smothered cabbage is not listed on the regular menu, but was a special the night we dined at Jestine's. It is supremely tender and hardly spiced at all."
Michael Stern



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