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925 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-0549
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10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Yum..BBQ

We arrived late and swung by Melvin's for take out. It was all we could have wanted for southern BBQ. Definitely a fan of the Carolina BBQ sauces and Melvin's didn't disappoint. Portion hearty, was able to have a couple meals from our order.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
Sue F
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Manchester, Vermont
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Manchester, Vermont
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52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We arrived late and swung by Melvin's for take out. It was all we could have wanted for southern BBQ. Definitely a fan of the Carolina BBQ sauces and Melvin's didn't disappoint. Portion hearty, was able to have a couple meals from our order.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Yuummm! You can "smell it" in the air when you get anywhere in the vicinity of this restaurant! Good ole' southern barbecue! The prices are a little high, but it's well worth it! You won't go away hungry. I usually get the little barbecue basket which is always more the I can eat! Oh, and the onion rings are out... More 

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Boiling Springs, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

You can smell that they cook their BBQ on site. Clean place. It was a bit confusing to order and where to pick up order inside. And the menu, geez so confusing and expensive. Seems most everything is "a la cart" so you can order a pork sandwich for $8-9 then add a fries basket with 1 hugely breaded single... More 

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Great Southern Cooking food, flavor and softness of the ribs has become our favorite. The menu is variable and good prices. We had a three meat combo that include ribs, beef brisket and turkey, delicious coleslaw, fries, baked beans and corn bread. This platter was enough for two. I have to mention, the surprise sauce and condiments are excellent. Service... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Our family was blown away by the ribs at Melvin's. We loved that you could get bottled Nehi drinks with our bbq. We have had some amazing ribs in our time, but these might have been the best. We didn't love the rub on the chicken, but the smokey flavor was good. The onion rings here were unique -- more... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I'm a BBQ nut from the north so I was looking forward to trying some good quality southern Q. After doing some research I decided to give Melvin's a try. Needless to say, I'm very glad I did! Ribs were on point, brisket was sliced thicker than I'm used to but that isnt anything to get worked up over and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Ate here for lunch yesterday and it was wonderful! The pulled pork was very moist and had a great flavor. You could tell everything was homemade. So good we are going back for dinner tonight!

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Had the ribs (which were great) and brisket which was dry and had absolutely no smoke flavor what soever. The brisket was also sliced 1 inch thick which is not the proper way to serve brisket. Sides are okay if the kitchen follows directions for special orders.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Wonderful BBQ dinners.we ordered large amount to feed 8 and ate outside! Great friendly service! Food was great brisket was tender! Fabulous ribs and turkey

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This place is the best BBQ in the area, don't miss iT!!! Not much more to say but I'll fill up the space....the originaL Melvin's mustard sauce is the bomb....the first time I've had this type of sauce that I actually like it.....and they smother the pork on the Pulled Pork samiches, so if you don't like it like that... More 

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Additional Information about Melvin's BBQ

Address: 925 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone Number: (843) 881-0549
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Mount Pleasant
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
Average Prices: USD $8 to $20
Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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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 to $20
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

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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