Welcome to Miss Charlotte’s Gullah Cuisine

Maybe the word “Gullah” is new to you. It describes a special culture of African Americans living in the low country of South Carolina and Georgia. Because of their isolation, they’ve managed to preserve more African language and culture than virtually any other group in the country.

Owner and chef Charlotte Jenkins brings some of the special flavors and dishes of Gullah culture to her restaurant. Perhaps the centerpiece is Gullah Rice, a wonderfully rich rice in which you’ll find shrimp, chicken, sausage, and vegetables. It’s a main course in itself, or you can enjoy it with other entrees such as lightly coated fried shrimp, fried chicken, or fried oysters. Yes, fried. You can’t do it every day, but you’re depriving yourself unnecessarily if you avoid it altogether.

Guests of Gullah Cuisine, on U.S. Highway 17 in Mt. Pleasant, walk in curious, wanting to know what Gullah food is all about. Charlotte Jenkins, owner and chef of the restaurant doesn’t like to refer to the cuisine as “soul food,” but “food that’s good for the soul.” The menu at The menu includes: okra gumbo, Gullah rice, a blend of rice, green peppers and onions, shrimp, chicken, sausage, and vegetables. It’s available as an entree or as a side dish, and is a taste revelation.