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Gullah Cuisine

1717 US-17, Mt. Pleasant, SC - (843) 881-9076
Posted By Michael Stern on May 31, 2009 9:35 PM
"Food that speaks to ya" is the motto of Gullah Cuisine, a restaurant on a laudable mission. Its purpose is to celebrate the cuisine (and the culture) of coastal South Carolina, known as the lowcountry. As you enter, you’ll notice elegant woven sweetgrass baskets for sale near the cash register – they are a time-honored local craft; and you will also see little jars of “Gullah seasoning.” It’s that spice that helps give so much of this food an indescribable zing.

For instance, the Gullah rice that comes as a meal unto itself or as a side dish for such entrees as fried shrimp, smothered pork shops, or oxtail stew. It is like a dry gumbo, choc-a-bloc with shrimp, shreds of chicken, discs of sausage, and nuggets of vegetables, the rice itself tinted a glistening mahogany color and fairly radiant with peppery flavor. “There was a fella who came in here last week to ask Miss Charlotte [Charlotte Jenkins, chef and proprietor] about mass-producing her Gullah rice,” our waitress told us when we offered our compliments on the wonderful dish. “Miss Charlotte told him ‘No way!’” she assured us.

It was a tastebuds-challenge for us to eat both Gullah rice and okra gumbo. Each is powerfully spiced, the gumbo dark and smoky and loaded with sausage, shrimp, and chicken. Midway through the meal, we felt we had gone into a kind of sensory overload from the overwhelming allure of so much flavor and aroma. On a recent visit the high-seasoned fare was balanced by a trip to the buffet for Gullah's fried chicken, which is itself something to crow about.

Vegetables are Southern classics. We were as impressed by the broccoli casserole as by the more complex Gullah specialties. It is a real southern specialty – broccoli transformed from a plebeian vegetable into a dish that is rich and full-flavored by the addition of cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Far, far from modern al dente broccoli, this casserole is soft, gentle, and profoundly comforting. Collard greens were cooked-tender leaves radiant with chlorophyll goodness and packed with pieces of hambone.

Desserts included a slice of superb pumpkin pie and a block of tawny bread pudding laced with raisins and soft peaches and topped with caramel sauce.
5 star rating
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Gullah Rice
Okra Gumbo
She-Crab Soup
Fried Shrimp
Fried Oysters
Ice Tea
Collard Greens
Fried Chicken
All You Can Eat Buffet
Cornbread Muffin

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Posted By Alison Bartel on August 22, 2011 8:03 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.
0 star rating
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Gullah Rice
Okra Gumbo
Ice Tea
Cornbread Muffin
She-Crab Soup

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Posted By John Myers on July 8, 2011 7:55 PM
Had the buffet this noon. I had been there two years ago and this was a disappointment.
1 star rating
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Fried Chicken
All You Can Eat Buffet

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Posted By Jim McComas on May 4, 2011 8:39 PM
Simply great food. The vegetables alone are worth it. The only meat item I had was the BBQ pork and it was delicious. Very clean restaurant, friendly service, and good food make for a winning combination. My only disappointment was the bread. A lack of cornbread coupled with an out-of-the-package pre-baked dinner roll were the only negatives I experienced.
4 star rating
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All You Can Eat Buffet

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Posted By Shelley on April 25, 2011 1:02 PM
We went there to eat as a suggestion by my friend who lives in the area. We all had high expectations as she has always had great food (take out). We ordered the fried green tomatoes and sweet potato fritters, and both were VERY greasy and tasted of burnt oil. When when we received the food (which took a long time) it wasn't very hot. The mac and cheese had hard parts throughout, and I found a very large piece of bone in the greens.

They were out of fries and baked potatoes. When they asked us how the meal was, we gave an honest reply. The lady was matter of fact, "oh, sorry, we have a new cook." Then when we went to pay she didn't offer any discount, not even for the greens that could have killed me with the size of that bone.

Overall the experience wasn't good and I would not eat there again (but I can say the Gullah rice is GOOD!).
1 star rating
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Posted By Paul Goldberg on January 22, 2011 8:38 PM
Formerly a favorite restaurant in Mount Pleasant, but our past two visits have been disappointing. Food quality has been lacking (not hot, not worth the cost) and service borders on abominable.
1 star rating
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Gullah Rice
Fried Chicken
Fried Shrimp

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