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“Not Fancy but Good Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Duke's BBQ

Duke's BBQ
Ranked #220 of 898 Restaurants in Charleston
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Copperas Cove, Texas
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123 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Not Fancy but Good Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2014

If you are looking for fancy go somewhere else, but if you are looking for good South Carolina Barbeque, Fried Chicken, and country cookin' - Duke's is it!!! Our family really enjoyed our meal and will go back when we return to Charleston.

  • Visited May 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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47 reviews
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“It is "OK" and that is about it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

1st, I would like to say that BBQ found any SC coastal BBQ is going to be bad...especially in Charleston. I am from Appalachian Virginia, and I might be a bit jaded (I used to be a competitive BBQ'r as well). You will find much better Q near the mountains. Regardless, I've had Duke's a couple times because they have a drive-thru and it is sometimes the convenient way to go. From what I have experienced, their sandwiches are alright. No great smoke flavor, but they aren't bad either. The portions are of fair size. The hushpuppies are good. I've had potato salad and mac n cheese as sides. The potato salad is more like that from a convenience store (not good). The mac was separated and full of oil. I'll probably stop by here from time to time for the same reason, "A quick, bbq sandwich while driving rather than fast food." In no way is Duke's as good as the reviews, but I'm not going to totally knock it. Decent portions and it isn't so bad that you will throw it away (unless it is the mac n cheese).

  • Visited May 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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111 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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“Good Barbecue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

I join several friends at Duke's about once a month. We have a great time because we are friends, but we also go there because the food is so good. (We limit ourselves to visiting only once a month in order to avoid overindulgence.) In addition to barbecue, the restaurant offers really good Southern food, including fried chicken, collards, slaw, an assortment of beans, sweet potatoes, and several other regional favorites.

The decor is nothing to write home about, but that is not why one goes to places such as Duke's. The service is appropriate for a buffet. It is only for these things that I give Duke's a "very good" rather than an "excellent" rating.

Earlier this year we took a new friend from England to Dukes for her first taste of barbecue and collards. (She had a great time, but she did not try the sweet tea!) If you have not been there, you should try it!

  • Visited April 2014
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Newark, OH
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8 reviews
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“Yum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

Great barbecue at a decent price. Buffet includes sides and desert. Tender pulled pork and crispy fried chicken. A good value even if you don't care for barbecue.

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Tazewell, Tennessee
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“Excellent BBQ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

We ate at dukes for lunch today and after reading a review from someone in Texas we decided to try ourselves, we were delighted moist tender bbq it had a good smoke ring to it and tasted just as good. The sides were delicious as well to us it ranks up there with a little bbq in called the Pig House

  • Visited March 2014
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