Put Some South In Your Mouth

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WHERE NOW BY VANESSA WOLF Gen­er­ally char­ac­ter­ized by its carb-driven calo­rie count, ‘com­fort food’ en­com­passes a com­pelling list of temp­ta­tions. From but­ter­milk bis­cuits and fried chicken to col­lard greens and peach cob­bler, most South­ern com­fort food of­fer­ings have their roots in soul food. Orig­i­nat­ing from a blend of African, Moor­ish, South Amer­i­can Arawak and even Na­tive Amer­i­can in­flu­ences, mod­ern-day soul food emerged from the kitchens of slaves and freed­men. It’s still a sta­ple of the African-Amer­i­can cul­ture, yet its reach has ex­panded. Our picks of the must-try:

MARTHA LOU’S KITCHEN

The menu changes daily and in­cludes a com­pelling ro­ta­tion of chit­ter­lings, col­lard greens and even ‘mys­tery meat.’ Still, many lo­cals agree that the fried chicken— one of the few items avail­able daily— is the best any­where. 1068 Mor­ri­son Drive, 843.577.9583

NANA’S SEAFOOD AND SOUL

It’s a toss- up as to whether the mas­sive fried pork chop or flip-flop-sized fried whit­ing sand­wich is a bet­ter bang for your $5, but no one will ar­gue with any­thing once they get a mouth­ful of gar­lic crabs. 176 Line St., 843.937.0002

BERTHA’S KITCHEN

Gumbo is more com­monly as­so­ci­ated with New Or­leans, but it has its own ver­sion in Holy City. A vari­a­tion on the West African word for okra, gumbo es­sen­tially came to mean “okra soup,” which is how the tomato-based stew is listed at this cafe­te­ria style joint. 2332 Meet­ing St., 843.554.6519

MY THREE SONS

There are only two words you need to speak at this North Charleston out­post: Gul­lah Rice. Made with sausage, seafood, bell pep­pers and at least two sticks of but­ter, it’s a deca­dent de­light. 1910 E. Mon­tague Ave., North Charleston, 843.202.0189

HAN­NI­BAL’S SOUL KITCHEN

Pig tails and fried giz­zards and smoked neck bones, oh my! This place has been go­ing strong for more than 40 years. Note that in a pinch, the crab rice will de­light even the fussi­est eater. 16 Blake St., 843.722.2256

DAVE’S CARRYOUT

The deep fry­ers hum all day long at this sky-blue cor­ner spot, a guar­an­teed fix when only crisp seafood plat­ters and juicy fried chicken wings served in Sty­ro­foam boxes will do. 42 Mor­ris St., 843.577.7943

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