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Best Soul Food 
Bertha’s Kitchen

Nearly four decades after Albertha Grant opened Bertha’s Kitchen in 1981, the James Beard Award-winning Meeting Street Road restaurant remains a Charleston institution. This year, Bertha’s will add to its trophy case after City Paper readers once again named the no-frills dining room their favorite place to go for hearty plates of fried chicken, collards, red rice and other soul food staples. 

The iconic Bertha’s lunch rush was a little less busy than normal during the pandemic, but you’ll still find masked-up patrons waiting outside the distinctive blue and purple building midday. CP contributor Elise DeVoe recently stopped by the local favorite and had this to say. 

“I would drive by Bertha’s all the time and always see people waiting in line outside, and now I know why,” she wrote. “I tried the fried pork chop with a side of collard greens and cornbread. The pork chop was perfectly crispy, and I could see the ham hock bones in the collard greens. In my opinion, that’s how you know they’re made with love and packed with flavor!”