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Martha Lou's Kitchen

1068 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC - (843) 577-9583
Martha Lou's is a small, friendly soul-food restaurant where everything is cooked with brio and served with grace.
100% Approval Rating (3 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Fried Chicken
Stewed cabbage
Lima Beans
Collard Greens
Okra Soup
Fried Fish
Bread Pudding
Macaroni and Cheese

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (9)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Here is inexpensive, downhome food to remember, and two women to remember, too: Martha Lou Gadsden, who does the cooking, and her daughter Debra, who is the hostess. Friendly and gastronomically knowledgeable, they are ladies who add flavor to a meal beyond ingredients ..."   [Read More]
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Gregory Forman - Photos (3)
July 24, 2011
"Martha Lou’s is one of the premier soul food restaurants in a city filled with great soul food restaurants. Soul food restaurants highlight fried meats and beans and greens. Martha Lou’s excels in both areas. The fried meats are less greasy than at typical soul ..."   [Read More]
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Ken Spink - Photos (1)
February 15, 2011
"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 ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1068 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC
(843) 577-9583

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
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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