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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Buffet, Drive Thru
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Was on an overnight stay in Charleston and seen Bessinger’s online and thought I would check it out. Enjoyed it so much the first night I went back for the second night for dinner again! This place is the real deal!

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perhaps this is an unfair review given that we arrived on Fathers Day after a 6 hour drive and we were tired and hungry. However, the management can improve communication with those taking food orders regardless of day. We ordered brisket and just when it...was being rung in, suddenly there was no more brisket available. As well as chicken wings. A man had ordered wings and had been waiting at least 15 minutes when he was told there were no more wings. We then ordered pulled chicken which was served but came out cold. I was the second person this had happened to. The chicken was good otherwise. The slaw was very good as was the okra. After talking to several locals I believe this was an unusual occurrence because they all love Bessingers.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I drive 2 hours from Myrtle Beach to Bessinger's I pass a lot of eating places. I know what I want and its great food so well worth the drive and price. I prefer the cheeseburger basket. The big fries an awesome onion ring that...you will never find anywhere else. Then I take a couple pounds of the best BBQ back home with me and some sauce. If you haven't been, go you will go back I promise.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed May 21, 2022

This is very good place to eat BBQ, it has a great taste, and the sides are plentiful. It seems to be a mustard-based sauce that is available, but it is very good. The staff were friendly and welcoming if you have never been there,...really enjoyed the food. Worth a lunch or dinner stop very tastyMore

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed May 12, 2022

Raw fries. Burned crunchy rings. NO sauce on Big Joe. Too little sauce in bag. Cancel culture: they canceled KIDS’ NIGHT every Thursday evening. Looks like they only want the elite 1%, and NOT the middle and lower class. Kids’ Night was a real draw,...as that is the only night we could afford. It made it worth waiting on our food for 28 minutes. New cashier New this, New that. A team leader would have pitched in to speed customers out the door Kids’Night also served to recruit a new generation. Now, we may never return.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed April 28, 2022

I grew up in SC and have missed mustard based BBQ. Bessinger's does not disappoint. If you are in the area and do not stop for lunch or dinner, shame on you.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed February 16, 2022

I’ve always loved Bessingers BBQ. I went to drive through today. I paid almost $15 for what I always get. BBQ PLATE with hash &rice and potato salad. The hash has really changed. Not tasty at all was beadie looking. I was very disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed September 8, 2021

the barbque is tasty but ordered two big joe sandwiches and got half meat and I took the fat off the meat on my sandwich and it was half fat and half meat! i have never been served a poorer cut of brisket in my...life anywhere. This was horrible. This is the worst experience I have had at a barbque place. And it wasn't a fluke because my wife and a sandwich with half fat and half meat also. I can't believe this place is still in business! On the bright side, the fries were good, the ice was cold and the ketchup was tasty. The commode flushed and the exit door worked great! I recommend using the exit door before you order though.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 7, 2021

In the last 2 months, this is the third time that we have gotten NASTY onion rings. The time before, we were in the restaurant, returned them & girl apologized for giving us burned onion rings again. This is the location on Savannah Hwy. They...use to have the best onion rings. After the owner saw a picture of the onion rings, he told my husband that he hoped he gave him previous good reviews in the past from being a good client, NOT let me make this right. When ordering food, the cheeseburger did not have correct items on it and the fries were not hot. If you want good food, go to Melvin's in Mt Pleasant or James Island.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 21, 2021 via mobile

This was our 1st visit. We had the Brisket Sandwiches and Fries. My sandwich was very good, but my husband’s sandwich was mostly fat. The fries were good and the ice tea was fresh. The place itself did not appear to be up to Covid...cleaning requirements. We did not see the restrooms that other reviewers indicated were not very clean. The staff was friendly and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 21, 2021 via mobile

I’ve been to Bessinger many times when I visit from Brazil and this is the place to go if you want to have a great burger and fries, or any other options you might want. The staff is always friendly. If you are in the...area, this is the place to have good food and a good time.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 17, 2021 via mobile

Voted best BBQ in South Carolina? Not sure if post Covid had any effects on the food or service, but my expectations were very high when booking my Charleston Trip. I ordered the Large Brisket sandwich, wife ordered a burger. Both were very dry, I...had to extra dose it with their sauces, and that barely made it moist…The food did come out pretty fast, at 5:00 with two other people in there, you would expect nothing less. The Ketchup container was empty, no towels in the men’s room…Onion ring was the best I ever tasted, which made it a 2 Star rating.I’m sure there’s other hidden Southern BBQ places in Charleston worth a visit. This one isn’t.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 13, 2021

Simple, delicious, unpretentious, and nicely priced. As an extra, imagine the fusion of a giant onion ring with hush puppies.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

I’m usually a bbq snob since I can make mine at home for cheaper and usually turns out better than buying. Well today that changed, this bbq joint is a bit on the pricier side, but holy smokes it was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend...the place if you want good bbq!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

Excellent BBQ with a mustard sauce that was extremely good. The fried chicken sandwich was huge, and very good, but was not completely cooked in the center. Onion rings are great.

Date of visit: May 2021
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September 2, 2018|
Response from hobiesmom | Reviewed this property |
I'm not Bessinger's. I just did a review on Bessinger's. Why did you think I owned the place. Google it and a little research yourself will answer your question.
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Yes, Bessinger's Barbecue offers takeout services.

Bessinger's Barbecue is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4