Southern: There's a little pink painted building on Morrison Drive that's self-described as a "roll-your-eyes-it's-so-good" soul food restaurant, and for many, that's exactly what a Martha Lou's lunch is all about. This homey, welcoming spot is situated in a rapidly developing area of north downtown, and it always has been–serving the people of Charleston and beyond for over 30 years. Expect a great value on all the soulful Southern classics–lima beans, mac, pork chops, giblet rice, collards, and fried chicken–and even meet the owner and chef, Martha Lou Gadsen. Martha Lou's little pink restaurant is now a family business, with daughters and granddaughters helping to run the show. Martha Lou's remains and important landmark on Charleston's culinary map, and makes for a spot-on affordable meal for Southern food lovers.
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Southern: "If you're planning on visiting Martha Lou's during peak lunch hours, be willing to take it to go. This small Southern restaurant gets crowded (with fans and regulars), fast!"
Best for Southern Because: Martha Lou's is a true demonstration of Southern food done by a local Charlestonian, with all the unmissable soul food classics on the menu.
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