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Ernie's

64 Spring St., Charleston, SC - (843) 723-8591
Ernie's is a small, well-established soul food restaurant in Charleston -- well-known to locals but seldom found by tourists. Prices are low, food flavors are high.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Lima Bean Dinner
Fried Chicken
Okra Soup
Corn Bread
Bread Pudding

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The most useless suggestion Jane and I can give for finding good Roadfood is to look for a restaurant that has no sign outside. That's where you'll find some of the best local meals ... providing you can find the place at all! Ernie's is an excellent example. Nothing ..."   [Read More]
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Dick Cain
October 20, 2011
"Finally, after three trips to downtown Charleston just to find Ernie's, I took my wife there for lunch yesterday! I had the best okra soup (with smoked neck bones and pig tails) and lima beans (with smoked neck bones) that I have ever experienced in my 71 years. I ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

64 Spring St., Charleston, SC
(843) 723-8591

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
This actually is not a lima bean dinner. It is simply a bowl of lima beans. But there is enough meat among the legumes to make it immensely satisfying.
"This actually is not a lima bean dinner. It is simply a bowl of lima beans. But there is enough meat among the legumes to make it immensely satisfying."
Michael Stern





Bread pudding is a huge, heavy block of moist bread laced with fruit cocktail. It comes with plenty of crunchy-chewy strips from the edge of the pan.
"Bread pudding is a huge, heavy block of moist bread laced with fruit cocktail. It comes with plenty of crunchy-chewy strips from the edge of the pan."
Michael Stern


Ernie's fried chicken has a good crunch to its skin and plenty of juice inside. You can buy it by the piece or as dinner; you can have chicken barbecued or stewed. Fried gizzards also are available.
"Ernie's fried chicken has a good crunch to its skin and plenty of juice inside. You can buy it by the piece or as dinner; you can have chicken barbecued or stewed. Fried gizzards also are available."
Michael Stern


Sweet and crumbly corn bread goes well with just about everything on Ernie's menu.
"Sweet and crumbly corn bread goes well with just about everything on Ernie's menu."
Michael Stern


Charleston's sleeper meal, a staple of several soul food restaurants that are popular among locals, but seldom found by tourists: the lima bean dinner. This picture does not show the big plate of onion-laced rice that comes alongside, but that bowl in the foreground does indicate the ridiculously large amount of meat included.
"Charleston's sleeper meal, a staple of several soul food restaurants that are popular among locals, but seldom found by tourists: the lima bean dinner. This picture does not show the big plate of onion-laced rice that comes alongside, but that bowl in the foreground does indicate the ridiculously large amount of meat included."
Michael Stern


A fork would be every bit as useful as a spoon to eat this astonishingly hearty bowl of okra soup. Note the succulent pig tail at 3 o'clock.
"A fork would be every bit as useful as a spoon to eat this astonishingly hearty bowl of okra soup. Note the succulent pig tail at 3 o'clock."
Michael Stern


Before lunch hour, Ernie's has plenty of available seats. Even when all are occupied, there is a quiet, civil tone about the place that adds grace to the expertly made food.
"Before lunch hour, Ernie's has plenty of available seats. Even when all are occupied, there is a quiet, civil tone about the place that adds grace to the expertly made food."
Michael Stern


The name of this place is not No Loitering. It is Ernie's -- enough of a local favorite not to need a sign.
"The name of this place is not No Loitering. It is Ernie's -- enough of a local favorite not to need a sign."
Michael Stern



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