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Bertha's Kitchen

2332 Meeting St. Rd., North Charleston, SC - (843) 554-6519
Posted By Jeanne Muir on 4/11/2011 9:08:00 PM
So glad we found this on the Roadfood website during our January Charleston visit! My fried chicken was really fresh and crispy, right out of the fryer, and my husband couldn't stop raving about the mac and cheese.

Charleston was having a cold snap, and I don't think Bertha's has heat, so the plastic banquettes were cold, but we soon forgot about that with our fabulous plates of food.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Fried Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese
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If you order all dark meat fried chicken, you get a leg and thigh still connected. This is some great fried chicken!
"If you order all dark meat fried chicken, you get a leg and thigh still connected. This is some great fried chicken!"
Cliff Strutz





Macaroni and cheese is served how you like it: either all soft, from the center of the baking pan, or crunchy-chewy, from the top and edges. This serving has some of each.
"Macaroni and cheese is served how you like it: either all soft, from the center of the baking pan, or crunchy-chewy, from the top and edges. This serving has some of each."
Michael Stern


Fried Chicken comes hot from the deep-fryer with a fissured red-gold crust that oozes savory juice. This close shot barely hints at just how succulent it is.
"Fried Chicken comes hot from the deep-fryer with a fissured red-gold crust that oozes savory juice. This close shot barely hints at just how succulent it is."
Michael Stern


Red rice is a Lowcountry staple, a good bed for nearly any meat or vegetable. Bertha's offers it with little discs of spicy sausage.
"Red rice is a Lowcountry staple, a good bed for nearly any meat or vegetable. Bertha's offers it with little discs of spicy sausage."
Michael Stern


Our visit came on December 31st, which meant that hoppin John, the traditional Southern, good luck, New Year's Day dish, was available as a side.
"Our visit came on December 31st, which meant that hoppin John, the traditional Southern, good luck, New Year's Day dish, was available as a side."
Cliff Strutz


I never knew lima beans could be so astonishingly good. You can have them alone (shown here), redolent of porky flavor, or served with a heap of meaty neck bones: a huge, whole meal unto itself. In the background are mac 'n' cheese and a fried chicken drumstick.
"I never knew lima beans could be so astonishingly good. You can have them alone (shown here), redolent of porky flavor, or served with a heap of meaty neck bones: a huge, whole meal unto itself. In the background are mac 'n' cheese and a fried chicken drumstick."
Michael Stern


What soul food meal doesn't go better with a side order of yams cooked so long that they caramelize?
"What soul food meal doesn't go better with a side order of yams cooked so long that they caramelize?"
Michael Stern


An every-Tuesday dish of what the blackboard menu lists as turkey prioleau is a coastal comfort-food paradigm of long grain rice laced with shreds of white and dark meat, saturated with turkey drippin's and dotted with pepper to boldface the flavor.
"An every-Tuesday dish of what the blackboard menu lists as turkey prioleau is a coastal comfort-food paradigm of long grain rice laced with shreds of white and dark meat, saturated with turkey drippin's and dotted with pepper to boldface the flavor."
Michael Stern


The slightly sweet cornbread comes in tall, thick blocks.
"The slightly sweet cornbread comes in tall, thick blocks."
Cliff Strutz


A portrait of Bertha and her family greets you at the front door.
"A portrait of Bertha and her family greets you at the front door."
Michael Stern


Bertha's is one of a handful of unassuming African-American eateries that are part of the great adventure that is Charleston eating.
"Bertha's is one of a handful of unassuming African-American eateries that are part of the great adventure that is Charleston eating."
Michael Stern


I can't say I know exactly what Bertha's motto means, but I do know that it is the source of sensational soul food.
"I can't say I know exactly what Bertha's motto means, but I do know that it is the source of sensational soul food."
Michael Stern



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