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Jestine's Kitchen

251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-1602 (Downtown)
843-722-7224
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Ranked #73 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The food was sooo good. The fried chicken, fried okra and collards were very tasty. You must arrive early to get a seat because it fills up quickly. My hubby had the porkchops, mashed potatoes and collards and he said it was good, too.

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South Royalton, Vermont
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

While I was thinking shrimp & grits, the waiter's preference was the seafood platter. Fried oysters, shrimp and fish with collard green and red rice all nicely prepared, good choice but just means I have got to come back, and now I know I will. The biggest dilemma was not ordering more. The food was very tasty, and we were... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Was visiting the city and my wife wanted to go here, having seen it on the Rachael Ray show in Food TV. I was reluctant, afraid that the popularity was a result more of TV hype than good food. I was wrong! My wife had the fried chicken and thought it was great. I, much to my delight, saw they... More

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Spicewood
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Fried chicken, collards, fried okra and nirvana. Friendly staff here with true Southern charm. These are hard-working folks whom I would support by dining here anytime I am in Charleston. Please get the coconut cream pie. Please mail me a slice. Go early or around 2:30 for no wait.

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Harker Heights, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Omg. The food here was amazing and the price was amazing as well. We got everything we wanted for half the price of other Charleston favorites. They have traditional southern food. We got the crab cake, the special of the day (flounder caught that morning) and 2 sides, and my boyfriend got the famous fried chicken. You should also try... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were recommended to Jestine's for some traditional southern food. The place is simple but full of charm and history. The story behind the restaurant is quite inspiring and the recipes seem to me to be right out of old Charleston. I did not like to cornbread - too dense and dry for my taste, but everything else was outstanding.... More

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Seven of us gals went here for a quick lunch before our tour leaving from our hotel's lobby. We told the waitress we were in a hurry, so she took our orders promptly and we even paid upfront to save time. Made it back in time for our tour. Food is good also. AND while we were there, our doorman... More

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san antonio, texas
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186 reviews 186 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We were told by friends it would be good but it was even better than we expected. Since noon and dinner meals usually have a long wait list, we arrived between 3 and 4 and the place was half empty. My meal loaf was excellent. My wife's pork was unreal. And the dessert -- a chocolate fudge cake with ice... More

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iowa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Quaint older restaurant with good southern history! Busy for lunch and we arrived at 1:30. Voted bets fried chicken in Charleston and it was really good crispy huge fried chicken but not buttermilked! Place deserves great rating as great service staff handles pretty tight quarters between tables with great efficiency.

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Windsor, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

After reading all of the previous reviews and the recommendations from the Food Network celebrities, I knew we had to try Jestine's Kitchen. What a great location! Right on the corner surrounded by other shops and restaurants. You simply get into the back of the line that wraps around the outside of the restaurant and wait until they get you... More

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