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Melvin's

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American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Family Fare
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925 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-0549
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10:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Description: A South Carolina tradition since 1939, Melvin Bessinger's Bar-B-Q...
A South Carolina tradition since 1939, Melvin Bessinger's Bar-B-Q Restaurants are beloved and famous for our St. Louis style pork ribs, chicken and "Best BBQ in Charleston". But don't take our word for it, come on down and experience the flavor at one of two locations, in Mt. Pleasant and James Island. Thank you for your continued support, y'all!
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Classic BBQ Restaurant

My wife and I are vegetarian, but, when our carnivore friends wanted to dine here, we joined them. We ordered their Veggie Plate which consisted of four choices off the non-meat menu. I had Fried Okra, French Fries, Side Salad, and Mac & Cheese. It was very adequate, and very large. I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Colorado
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I are always searching for food places to try that are different from any place we have at home. We definitely recommend Melvin's. Fast, friendly service. Very clean. The bbq plates were moist, delicious, and had just the right smoky flavor. We could have made a meal on those amazing onion rings alone! The price was a... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW via mobile

I wouldn't rate this as the top barbecue I have eaten however I will say the sweet potato casserole is one of the best. I usually get a pound each time and able to eat for a few days. They have military discount but you can't use it for bulk items (need to change that)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Let me be honest, I'm not a bbq connoisseur. I'm from West Texas where tex-mex is king. My companion and I were on our way to Boone Hall and very hungry after spending the morning on a harbor tour. We passed Melvins and said, "let's try it!" We were not disappointed. First, let me mention the service. The girl working... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

They used to be good and reasonable now their still good but not worth the money. They think the whole town is rich now and make sure that only the rich people can afford it .major bummer especially being that they downgraded their food in the last year

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Went there on sat because "the home team" on Sullivans Island was so crowded....should have gone to "sticky fingers"....we had not been there before....and the person taking our order could not give us any idea on certain menu items as they had never eaten it before,,,,someone sitting near us said it can be hit or miss there,,,,,got the brisket,,,,it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My wife and I are vegetarian, but, when our carnivore friends wanted to dine here, we joined them. We ordered their Veggie Plate which consisted of four choices off the non-meat menu. I had Fried Okra, French Fries, Side Salad, and Mac & Cheese. It was very adequate, and very large. I was surprised at how much food I got... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

All the southern BBQ favorites at reasonable prices. Often jammed at lunch, but has nice outside seating. The daily specials are well chosen, refills are free, no table service but just pick up your order when called and return to your table.

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Thanks for this awesome review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you back sometime soon. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

Tasty barbecue. Try little joe sandwich. Son likes hash and rice. We only do drive-through as always in a hurry it seems. Been going here for 5 years and recommend a stop here if driving by. The south does barbecue right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Good old fashioned Southern cuisine. Can't go wrong with much of anything here. Get a milkshake and don't skip the giant onion ring!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We came here for lunch on Saturday of three weeks ago after watching a move with two friends. I've been here a few times and I like this BBQ restaurant. We ordered a combo and three burgers. This place has been open for more than 70 years for a reason: food is very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 925 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Mount Pleasant
  • Phone Number: (843) 881-0549

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Hamburgers, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

A South Carolina tradition since 1939, Melvin Bessinger's Bar-B-Q Restaurants are beloved and famous for our St. Louis style pork ribs, chicken and "Best BBQ in Charleston". But don't take our word for it, come on down and experience the flavor at one of two locations, in Mt. Pleasant and James Island. Thank you for your continued support, y'all!
Open Hours
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?