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Bessinger's Barbecue

1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
843-556-1354
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Ranked #166 of 742 Restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I want to give Bessinger's five circles, but more about that later. The good news? We went for the Friday night buffet and it was a fantastic deal: $13.95, including iced tea. Yummy barbecued pork, delicious barbecue stew (similar to Brunswick stew), fresh salads, fab collard greens. Lots of tasty desserts too. Customer service was full of southern hospitality and... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

So our hotel recommended this place, so we thought we would give it a try. The place was empty. They don't serve any liquor, so no beer & wings. Everything is Cafeteria style, so no real personal service. My Daughters both ordered Chicken Sandwiches, & they didn't look to great & were average. I had the beef brisket, which was... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I and our extended family (kids, grandkids, and, now and then, assorted cousins and nephews) spend a week most summers on Sullivan's Island, a piece of barrier sand off Charleston, SC. This summer was no exception, but this year we took the occasion to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday with a bang-up party that, with one thing... More

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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75 reviews 75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were passing through the area on a road trip and came here at the suggestion of a relative that lives in the area. Had the ribs and while not the greatest ribs I've ever had, they were certainly very good. I'd certainly go here again if I lived in the area. If you've ever been to a place like... More

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North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went there for the lunch buffet and was quite pleased. There was a good selection of sides and entree's. The salad bar was also nice. My only regret was that instead of bbq brisket, they had roast beef. The roast beef was fine, but seemed a bit odd for a barbecue place.

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Beaverdam, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We stayed next door and was able to walk to Bessinger's we loved the ribs and barbecue, My son who lives in Charleston had sent us some sauce from there last year so it was great to go and eat there, nothing bad to say

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I've been eating there since I was a baby and it was Piggy Park BBQ. The best BBQ, onion rings and hamburgers, hands down!

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Summerville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Not a week goes by that my Wife and I are not at Bessinger's Barbecue for lunch or dinner ... we have been eating here for over 20 years. They have the best Cheeseburgers in Charleston. Try one with a side of Fried Okra or Fried Green Tomatoes. My Wife loves their Pulled Pork sandwich with steak fries and the... More

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Charleston
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Bessinger's staff and catering are fantastic! Couldn't have asked for better people to work with than Steve and Drew, and Steve bent over backwards to make sure everything was right for my wedding reception. I had family come in from Tennessee and my groom from North Carolina, and both sides of the family are still raving about the pulled pork,... More

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CT
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

During our family trip to Charleston, we decided to try several bbq restaurants and sample SC (mustard-based style) BBQ. This was over rated based on recommendations that we had received. Nothing special about the meats and sides weren't very good either. Apparently, 3 brothers opened 3 BBQ restaurants this being one of them. My suggestion-go downtown to King St and... More

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