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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC


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Georgean's Caribbean Soul - A Hidden Gem in Charleston, SC

Low Country Jon | Apr 22, 2014 10:10 PM

I wish Charleston had more places like this. Georgean's is a little (very little) take-out place on the east side of Line Street specializing in West Indian jerk and curry chicken/fish plus mostly-southern sides and occasional fried chicken/fish. I like how the place blends West Indian and Southern cooking, and it's a very legitimate "fusion" to my way of thinking. The cultures and cuisines of the Lowcountry and the Caribbean were historically bound by many ties, the most significant of which was the slave trade. Dishes like rice & peas, pilau, and curry are found in both cuisines. I've even heard tale of (and experimented with recipes for) a lost style of BBQ sauce believed to have once been popular on the Lowcountry's plantations and sea islands that mixed a vinegar base with jerk spices, tomatoes, and fresh peppers. All of which is to say that Georgean's concept of "Caribbean food with southern flair" seems natural, not a stretch at all. It probably helps that the owner is a SC native and the chef's mother (Georgean) is from Trinidad.

Everything is made to order here, so it's wise to place your order ahead of time. And by everything, I do mean everything. I watched the owner actually mash our mashed "yams" and saute our red rice. BTW, this method of preparing red rice was a new one on me - cooked rice was sauteed with a tomato mixture. Not sure if this is a traditional approach, but it still made for a tasty - and very moist - version of the dish.

Without doubt, the star of the meal was the chicken. We tried both the curry and jerk versions. Both were skin-on but boneless and chopped into pieces just prior to serving. There were great charred bits on the outside while the inside remained extremely juicy and flavorful. The seasoning was great, too, with the jerk being a little spicier than the curry. I highly recommend both.

I plan to return on "Throwback Thursday" when they concentrate more on the southern aspect of their cooking with fried chicken as an option and chicken bog and mac & cheese as additional sides.

Note that this place is far outside what one would consider the tourist district. Its location lends to the feeling that it's a true hidden gem in my opinion, but just be aware that some might consider the neighborhood a little down-at-the-heels.

Here's a link to Georgean's FB page:

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