Hours: Lunch (Tues.-Sun.) & Dinner (Tues.- Sat.)
James Islanders love to load up at the buffet at Dukes BBQ, and for many the fried chicken is as much of a draw as the barbecue. This is a Charleston outpost of the loosely connected barbecue empire forged by the Dukes, whose various family members established restaurants throughout the lower part of South Carolina, and it carries on the classic Orangeburg County style. That means no beef brisket or smoked chicken wings or any of that foreign stuff to be found here, just classic chopped pork with a mustard-based sauce. The all-you-can-eat buffet features that barbecue alongside hash and rice, fried chicken, and a mess of sides. If you’re lucky, fried chicken livers and gizzards will make an appearance, too. The restaurant itself is pretty bare bones, just like it’s supposed to be, with styrofoam plates, plastic utensils, and a big bag of Sunbeam bread on each table. And don’t forget to top it all off with a plate of banana pudding from one of the big silver buffet bins. —Robert Moss (Dish, Summer 2019)
Chopped pork, fried chicken, mac & cheese, rice & hash, ribs by the slab and the rib.