Nana’s Seafood & Soul

What’s that?

Kenyatta McNeil seven years ago left the Merchant Marines to spend more time with his mother, who was facing a recurrence of breast cancer, and open a restaurant named for his grandmother, Elizabeth “Nana” McNeil. Since then, the youngest McNeil has acquired a reputation for inventively tinkering with classic Gullah dishes and supporting fellow black business owners, most notably with his Geechee Eats Food Shuttle. Nana's also is locally renowned for its crab legs and other seafood blitzed with garlic butter.

Who recommends it?

Michael and Caitlin Toscano of Le Farfalle

Why?

Michael Toscano says Nana’s is his favorite place to bring out-of-town guests who want a true taste of Charleston. “I love everything Kenyatta cooks,” he says. Among Toscano’s favorites are the deviled crab, crab rice, garlic shrimp and lobster, fried gizzards and pork chop sandwich.

Where is it?

176 Line St. Nana’s is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 2-7 p.m.; delivery also is available through Uber Eats. For more information, call 843-937-0002 or visit nanasseafoodsoul.com.

— Hanna Raskin

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

Food editor and chief critic

Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.