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Martha Lou's Kitchen

1068 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC - (843) 577-9583
Posted By Ken Spink on 2/15/2011 4:52:00 PM
Inspired by a February 2011 New York Times article I checked it out, and my tongue slapped my brains out at Martha Lou's fried whiting, moist and tender with a crisp crust, her wonderful giblet rice and limas, and bread pudding.

Set daily menus, prepared fresh and served on Styrofoam plates, on embroidered placemats, in a clean, tiny roadside restaurant: Southern cooking at its best!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Bread Pudding
Fried Fish
Okra Soup
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A Lowcountry triumph, Martha Lou's vividly-spiced okra soup is thick enough to be a meal.
"A Lowcountry triumph, Martha Lou's vividly-spiced okra soup is thick enough to be a meal."
Michael Stern





Fried chicken is on the menu every day. Its crust is luscious, its meat moist.
"Fried chicken is on the menu every day. Its crust is luscious, its meat moist."
Michael Stern


Martha Lou's mac 'n' cheese is creamy soft but sharply peppered -- a balance that defines so much of Charleston's finest soul food.
"Martha Lou's mac 'n' cheese is creamy soft but sharply peppered -- a balance that defines so much of Charleston's finest soul food. "
Michael Stern


The bread pudding at Martha Lou's is made extra-sweet by the inclusion of canned fruit cocktail.
"The bread pudding at Martha Lou's is made extra-sweet by the inclusion of canned fruit cocktail."
Michael Stern


This is the Lowcountry, where frying is refined, and therefore you can expect the fried fish to be elegant.
"This is the Lowcountry, where frying is refined, and therefore you can expect the fried fish to be elegant."
Michael Stern


The one must-eat side dish at Martha Lou's (and other Charleston soul food restaurants) is the soupy lima beans.
"The one must-eat side dish at Martha Lou's (and other Charleston soul food restaurants) is the soupy lima beans."
Cliff Strutz


Martha Lou's menu
"Martha Lou's menu"
Ken Spink


Chef Martha Lou Gadsden in her kitchen
"Chef Martha Lou Gadsden in her kitchen"
Michael Stern


Our visit was on December 31st and Martha Lou Gadsden was being interviewed by local news about hoppin' John, the traditional New Year's good luck dish.
"Our visit was on December 31st and Martha Lou Gadsden was being interviewed by local news about hoppin' John, the traditional New Year's good luck dish. "
Cliff Strutz


One of the handful of tables at Martha Lou's is where daughter Debra spends time when she is not waiting on customers.
"One of the handful of tables at Martha Lou's is where daughter Debra spends time when she is not waiting on customers."
Michael Stern


It would be correct to call Martha Lou's Kitchen a white tablecloth restaurant, but those words do not mean that it is in any way snooty. It is just very gracious.
"It would be correct to call Martha Lou's Kitchen a white tablecloth restaurant, but those words do not mean that it is in any way snooty. It is just very gracious."
Michael Stern


Martha Lou's Kitchen does not exactly blend into the landscape. Like the food served inside, the building is bold and bright.
"Martha Lou's Kitchen does not exactly blend into the landscape. Like the food served inside, the building is bold and bright."
Michael Stern



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