Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great restaurants to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, Bertha's Kitchen on a recent weeknight.
[All photos by Rémy Thurston] Iconic soul food stop Bertha's Kitchen is known for their fried chicken and fish, and heralded for their Southern sides. "... vegetables and sides are Bertha's forte," John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance wrote in Garden & Gun back in 2010. "The noonday steam table is a reliquary of Lowcountry standards, including okra soup, pebbled with seeds; stewed lima beans, threaded with ham; and red rice, pocked with skillet-blackened coins of sausage."
Established in North Charleston in 1979, everyone from famous chefs and food writers to locals and tourists seems to make the trek to Bertha's to take in the now-famous dishes created by the late founder Albertha Grant. Here is a look at the restaurant at 6 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, as seen through the lens of Eater Charleston photographer Rémy Thurston.
Note: The opening photograph of the restaurant's exterior was taken on a recent weeknight when Bertha's was closed for vacation. The subsequent shots were captured a week later.