Martha Lou's has become something of a foodie hotspot over the past year, and it all began when Charleston celebuchef Sean Brock sang the soul food joint's praises in the New York Times and later on Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods. Since then, Martha Lou's parking lot is 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 pretty much stayed the same. And thankfully so. 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. Seriously, from the first bite to the last, the fried chicken is steaming. In fact, you might burn the roof of your mouth. 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 — and you can dine in or call ahead. And if breakfast is more your thing, then swing on by the little pink house in the morning and get your day started off right. A word of caution: The food is quite salty, so be sure to take your blood pressure pills beforehand. —Chris Haire, Dish (Summer 2012)
Soul food — fried chicken, chitlins, lima beans.