The Best Charleston Soul Food

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You can dine high on the hog in the sophisticated downtown restaurants of Charleston, South Carolina; you also can feast low, on pig tails and neck bones larded into lima beans at a handful of unassuming African-American eateries that are as alluring a part of the city’s sea island flavor as its better-known culinary stars aka the best soul food in Charleston.

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Bertha’s Kitchen

Founded by the late Albertha Grant in 1979, Bertha's is a modest cafeteria restaurant on the outskirts of Charleston that is a primer in Lowcountry soul food.

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Hannibal’s

Hannibal's is a ramshackle treasure of Lowcountry soul food, offering such Charleston standards as lima bean supper and okra stew.

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Dave’s Carry-Out

Dave's is a small carry-out restaurant specializing in fried shrimp and serving dinner long after other Charleston restaurants have closed.