This is a spot for typical Southern home-cooking, from cornbread and steamed shrimp while you wait, to fried green tomatoes, baskets of fried chicken, and brown-sugar glazed ham. The sides are all worth adding: okra gumbo, mashed potatoes, and collared greens. The restaurant is named for Jestine Matthews, born in the Lowcountry in 1885, a daughter of a freed slave and a Native American woman. Jestine once cooked for the grandparents of the current owner, and the restaurant is inspired by her enticing style of home cooking.
- Frommer's Staff