Buckwheat’s BBQ

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The tumbledown ambience of so many excellent BBQ parlors is lacking at Buckwheat’s, which is a clean and tidy, family-friendly place to eat. But don’t let its decorous demeanor dissuade you. Buckwheat’s smoke-cooked meats, side dishes, and cobbler all are first rate.

Pitmaster Dewayne Jones (who’s been called Buckwheat since he was a child) says he serves “competition style” pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. (He does compete in BBQ tournaments.) For those of us who step into his restaurant for a meal, that means great motley heaps of pulled pork that is lean but lasciviously moist, velvety brisket, tender ribs, and even a few colorful oddities such as BBQ nachos and BBQ tacos. Continue reading

The tumbledown ambience of so many excellent BBQ parlors is lacking at Buckwheat’s, which is a clean and tidy, family-friendly place to eat. But don’t let its decorous demeanor dissuade you. Buckwheat’s smoke-cooked meats, side dishes, and cobbler all are first rate.

Pitmaster Dewayne Jones (who’s been called Buckwheat since he was a child) says he serves “competition style” pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. (He does compete in BBQ tournaments.) For those of us who step into his restaurant for a meal, that means great motley heaps of pulled pork that is lean but lasciviously moist, velvety brisket, tender ribs, and even a few colorful oddities such as BBQ nachos and BBQ tacos. Among side dishes, the locally essential hash on rice is meaty, bright, and a little bit sweet — perfect on the side of pork. Mac ‘n’ cheese is butter-rich and super cheesy. Raw fries, which in fact are thick-sliced potato chips, go well with just about anything.

Much of Buckwheat’s business is take-out, but for people dining in, there’s a pan of fruit cobbler or banana pudding, access to which comes with the meal. Help yourself. Apple cobbler is terrific, its apples home-style firm, its pastry rich and melt-in-the-mouth elegant: a beautifully balanced dessert.

Dishes to try
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
Must-Try
Gout de terroir: moist, smoky pulled pork festooned with mustard sauce.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Apple Cobbler
Apple Cobbler
Must-Try
From-scratch cobbler is a brilliant balance of rich pastry and still slightly firm apples.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Must-Try
Buttery mac 'n' cheese is just beyond al dente, but nowhere near custard.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, BBQ Sandwich
BBQ Sandwich
Must-Try
Moist, smoky, whole-hog pulled pork topped with tangy-sweet mustard sauce: THE South Carolina sandwich.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Brisket Sandwich
Brisket Sandwich
Cole slaw is an optional add-on to the brisket sandwich, which comes without sauce. (Add your own.)
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Raw Fries
Raw Fries
Thick-sliced potato chips are here called "raw fries."
Buckwheat’s BBQ, BBQ Nachos
BBQ Nachos
Anything with Buckwheat's pulled pork is good. Here is a pile of it underneath cheese, diced tomatoes, and sauce: BBQ nachos!
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
Hash on rice is a de rigueur BBQ companion in and around the Central Savannah River Area.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Smoked Bologna Sandwich
Smoked Bologna Sandwich
Thick-sliced smoked bologna is mild-mannered, more about unctuous fat than sharp spice.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Basic banana pudding from the help-yourself dessert table. It will assuage a sweet tooth, but it is no match for Buckwheat's cobbler.
Buckwheat’s BBQ, Fish Taco
Fish Taco
Buckwheat's outlandishly large fish taco demands a fork. That's flounder at the bottom.
Directions and Hours
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SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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