Hours: Breakfast & Lunch (Mon.-Fri.)
Martha Lou’s has become something of a foodie hotspot over the past few years, and it all began when Charleston celebuchef Sean Brock sang the soul food joint’s praises in The New York Times and later on an episode of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. Since then, Martha Lou’s parking lot has been packed around lunchtime each and every workday with high-end SUVs and imports, and we regularly see television crews in the parking lot. But inside Martha Lou’s Kitchen, everything has pretty much stayed the same — thankfully. Martha Lou serves up the hottest food in town, and we mean that literally. The fried chicken is piping hot, and so are the lima beans and the mac ‘n’ cheese. The menu changes day to day — the catfish is tasty, but you’ve got to watch out for the bones, while the chitlins, well, they taste like chitlins. You can dine in or call ahead. —Chris Haire Dish, Summer 2016
Soul food — fried chicken, chitlins, lima beans.