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SC: Gullah!

meatn3 Jul 1, 2011 10:51 AM

I'm hoping to work in a stop for great Gullah cooking on an upcoming trip.
I've found several options:

Gullah Grub, St. Helena Island
Gullah Cuisine, Mt. Pleasant
Dye's Gullah Fixin's, Hilton Head Island

Any other contenders?

Opinions, experiences, preferences?

What dish is the "don't miss"?

Looking forward to your posts!

(Is Gullah Cuisine still open? The links I find don't work anymore.)

Thanks!

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Dye's Gullah Fixin's
430 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head, SC 29926

Gullah Cuisine
1717 U.S.1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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  1. Sue in Mt P RE: meatn3 Jul 1, 2011 12:18 PM

    Yay, meatn3 is coming to town.

    I THINK Gullah Cuisine is still open. I'll go by there next week and make sure. I can't go this weekend: Beach People. My best experiences there have been for lunch at the buffet (You won't hear that from me often) Lots of dishes to try, it changes often and it's fresh and good. The fish dishes are good, the fried chicken is delicious. The okra soup is really good too.

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    Gullah Cuisine
    1717 U.S.1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P
      meatn3 RE: Sue in Mt P Jul 1, 2011 01:06 PM

      I've been leaning towards the others mainly because they are less of a hike from I-95...

      I try to work in something new/fun (= food!) each time I make the journey down the interstate to visit my parents in Fl. At this point I think I'll probably try to do this on my way back home, around the 14th or so.

      1. re: Sue in Mt P
        meatn3 RE: Sue in Mt P Jul 13, 2011 08:42 AM

        Sue, were you able to drive by? I'm aiming for one of these on Friday. Much depends on how early of a start I get.

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          Sue in Mt P RE: meatn3 Jul 13, 2011 10:58 AM

          Yeah, they are still there. Must be a 'Net glitch.

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            meatn3 RE: Sue in Mt P Jul 13, 2011 08:35 PM

            Thank you!

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              Sue in Mt P RE: meatn3 Jul 14, 2011 03:20 AM

              Let me know what you think.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P
                meatn3 RE: Sue in Mt P Jul 17, 2011 08:53 AM

                Heavy rains (30 mph on the interstate) and then the siren song of thrift stores on the back roads had me arriving at Gullah Grub in between meals. I was stuffed from Ga. peaches and half of a Cuban sandwich that was in my cooler, but I took one on for the team!

                I had a cub of crab soup. This was quite rich and very thick with plenty of crab. Herbs were strong enough to stand out from the cream, tasted of sage and a touch of bay. While there was plenty of crab, the cream kept the sweetness of the meat from being apparent. This was served with a slice of corn bread. Corn bread was a thinner variety, more dry than moist, crumbled easily. Good style for eating with buttermilk or soup.

                I started chatting with the woman who makes sweetgrass baskets on the restaurant porch and joined her at her table. She had a plate of fried fish, red rice (small grain, looked to be cooked in a tomato sauce) and collard greens. Looked and smelled terrific. She seemed to be enjoying it.

                The spot is comfortable and homey - like a cross of a southern tearoom and your great aunts parlor. Staff was friendly and informative. Prices are higher than you'd expect, $6.95 for the cup of soup IIRC. Everything appeared very fresh. My table mates fish was cooked to order and looked perfectly prepared.

                The soup was too rich for my taste, but I'd like to go back for a meal and sample a wider variety of items. It was a beautiful drive - terrific views of marshlands, oaks dripping with Spanish moss. A number of produce stands and places selling jams and jellies. Wish I had been able to get there earlier!

                Next I'd like to try Gullah Cuisine. The buffet would be a nice way to sample a variety and it has been years since I've been in the Charleston area.

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                Gullah Cuisine
                1717 U.S.1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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        sexaybeba RE: meatn3 Jul 9, 2011 07:34 PM

        Miss Dye's is wonderful!!!!!!!!

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