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Bessinger's Barbecue

1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
843-556-1354
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Ranked #164 of 715 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
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English first
Charleston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This place is classic BBQ, southern style! They've been doing it for decades now, and that includes secret family recipes. Lately they're adding some "perky" specials like Fried Green Tomato burger that's supposedly amazing, and a real deal too!

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Tuscumbia, Alabama
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place is awesome. I had the rotisserie chicken plate. My wife had the pulled pork plate. I must say that chicken was the best smoked chicken I have ever had. We were very impressed with this place. I would recommend Bessinger's to anyone that enjoys BBQ. Carolina at it's best!

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Canon City, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wow! We were delighted to discover Bessinger's while vacationing in South Carolina. The half chicken was cooked to perfection - amazingly tender and flavorful. The Little Joe basket had a sandwich with the best pulled pork I have ever tasted along the giant onion ring as an especially delightful treat. We fell in love with the Hickory Red Sauce. The... More

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Boston
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

In addition to the super pulled pork, my wife and I both especially enjoyed the fried catfish which we've never had. Everything on the buffet was fresh and well prepared. The desserts sampled could have been more tasty. There certainly is an extensive selection. My biggest problem was avoiding feeling stuffed. Would definitely return.

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Most likely the best BBQ sandwich I ever had. We ate there twice, the sandwich side and the buffet side. The sandwich side was the better of the 2, but the buffet offered tons of choices. When you order the basket, you get 1 tummy onion ring.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We have been coming to Bessingers for 25 years. THe standard seems to have fallen from our last visit. Sauce is still fantastic but the food tasted overcooked and tasteless. Not as fresh as we remembered. Still a great value on Friday night, but the salad and veggies were lacking.

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Springfield, Missouri
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a get your food at the window establishment with great BBQ sandwiches with a unique yellow sauce. Staff was friendly and efficient for lunch. We recommend this establishment.

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Connecticut
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Started out with a trip to the lady's room and that should have told me everything I needed to know. Not the cleanest and that shaded everything else about the restaurant. The buffet was okay but nothing to rave about. It definitely has a local feel. Many of the offerings in the buffet were empty - tried the mac and... More

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Michael B, Owner at Bessinger's Barbecue, responded to this review

Hello. We are disappointed that we didn't meet your expectations. We are currently working on revising our menu and with new staff, so hopefully we will serve food that would meet your standards. As far as the restrooms go, we contract a professional cleaning company to deep clean them weekly, BUT, we also know that the restrooms are old and... More

Aberdeen
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Go on the weekends for Bessinger's BBQ Buffet. They have it all and all in abundance. Just the best along with that good Southern Sweet Tea. Love this place and if you love BBQ, sure you'll love Bessinger's too! Don't bring too much money but bring a very large appetite!

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

I read the review from the guy from Texas, who gave Bessingers a horrible review. I had to laugh, this is South Carolina BBQ not Texas... This sauce is very unique- with a mustard, tangy deliciousness and holy cow the onion rings are the best ever! bessinger's is listed as one of the 15 places to eat in the south... More

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