Hours: Lunch (Tues.-Sun.) & Dinner (Tues.- Sat.)
The name Dukes is synonymous with barbecue in the lower part of South Carolina. Various Dukes operate barbecue restaurants in Orangeburg, Walterboro, Blackville, Aiken, Allendale, Beaufort, St. George, Ridgeville, Bamberg, and North Charleston. Most but not all of these are related to each other — sometimes by blood and sometimes just through a business transaction. The newest Dukes on the scene is the one on Folly Road on James Island, and it’s run by Bryan O’Quinn, the son of the owner of the Dukes in Walterboro. The O’Quinn family bought into the Dukes empire, learning their signature style when they purchased the Walterboro restaurant, and Bryan has brought that style with him to James Island. There’s no beef brisket or smoked chicken wings or any of that foreign stuff to be found here, just a pure manifestation of the mustard-based barbecue tradition. The all-you-can-eat buffet (about $10 for adults, $6 for kids) has chopped pork, hash and rice, fried chicken, and a mess of sides. It’s bare bones just like it’s supposed to be, with styrofoam plates, plastic utensils, and a big bag of Sunbeam bread on each table. Top it all off with a plate of banana pudding from one of the big silver buffet bins and you’re guaranteed to not leave hungry. —Robert Moss Dish (Summer 2013)
Chopped pork, fried chicken, mac & cheese, rice & hash, ribs by the slab and the rib.