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Melvin's Barbecue

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538 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412
843-762-0511
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  • 36
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
as a local, I look forward to Melvin's pulled pork bbq & sauce

I've been eating at Melvin's since I was a kid. Usually get the pulled pork bbq with mustard sauce and sometimes a hamburger. I also like their coleslaw, fried okra, fries, and the cornbread. I cannot control myself around their cornbread! They have a location in Mt. Pleasant as well. Good place to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I've been eating at Melvin's since I was a kid. Usually get the pulled pork bbq with mustard sauce and sometimes a hamburger. I also like their coleslaw, fried okra, fries, and the cornbread. I cannot control myself around their cornbread! They have a location in Mt. Pleasant as well. Good place to stop for a quick lunch or dinner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We just had to stop before we left town!! My oldest daughter sent me the sauce and rub for Xmas and I had to get to this place!! I can't believe the prices of this caliper of food for this price!! Under $10 a head and more then enuff to eat!! A true home run for your family or friends!!

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Southern US
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We ate here on a recent visit to Charleston. We just chose it randomly while looking for somewhere to eat. Very good food. The ribs were great. It was late and a lady came by offering us some extra onion rings they had made. These were delicious - like an onion ring inside a doughnut.

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in because we've been out on the road all afternoon, we don't know the area or anywhere to eat. We like barbecue so we decided to stop. Well, let me tell you. I am a very picky eater. I'm so stuffed right now I just want to take a nap. We got the Saturday special of pulled pork... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Was absolutely wonderful! Best bbq we had in a long time and sauces were great. Service was fast and friendly. Very clean!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Looking for a burger and rib place for just a quiet Saturday evening of not having a big meal. Checked Trip Advisor and came across Melvin's! With its rating over #100, I thought maybe it could be a hidden gem in Charleston. Overwhelmed by the drive-thru signage, I looked at the menu items and wondered what to expect inside. Oh... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We took a chance and dropped in on a Saturday afternoon--the place was busy!!!! You place your order at the counter and wait for your number to be called. All I can say is WOW. The staff is amazingly friendly even when they are jammed with customers. We got a ton of food for the money. The ribs are to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

First time visiting the Charleston area and was merely traveling the route/area of the Cooper River Bridge run in 2015. Our first time ever to the Charleston area. Stumbled across Melvin's Southern BBQ & Ribs for supper. WOW!! Very friendly staff and good service. My family and I (4 adults, a one year old and a two year old) ordered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Visiting the south for the first time and wanted to try some Southern ribs and cooking, So very glad we read the reviews on Trip Advisor as they were very accurate. It is very very good tasting, the price was right (and they give a 20% discount to all military that have ever served just show your VA card) and... More 

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Varnville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

If you want great food and a lovely atmosphere this is the place for you. My ribs were tender, the corn bread TASTED GREAT. The corn bread really tasted like the one I make! The macaroni and my hash were good. This was a great first time experience and I suggest you come and taste what I'm raving about!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 538 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston>  > James Island
  • Neighborhood: James Island
  • Phone Number: 843-762-0511

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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