Lima Beans

Every region of the country knows and uses lima beans, but special attention is paid to them in restaurants in and around Charleston, South Carolina, where soul-food menus often list “lima bean supper.” Yes, it is built around lima beans and named as such, but it also happens to include a meal’s worth of pork, often in the form of neck bones and pig tails. The meat on neck bones is tender enough that little effort is required to slide off bite-size pieces with minimal fork pressure; pig tails are as unctuous as sizzled fatback. Full-bore lima bean suppers arrive in at least two separate bowls: one full of soupy beans, themselves porkily spiced, the other heaped with brick-red meat that is decorated with a handful of beans. A third bowl might also contain rice, and a fourth empty one can be used for bone disposal.

Restaurants With This Dish

Fried Chicken at Bertha's Kitchen
Bertha’s Kitchen


Martha Lou’s Kitchen


My Three Sons of Charleston




Nana’s Soul Food


Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding
Crossroads Cafe



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