Kingsman Que & Brew

Bar-b-q | Hamburgers
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The Que is dandy, the selection of brews is outstanding, and the cheeseburgers are among the South’s best at this offshoot of the legendary Kingsman in nearby Cayce (reviewed here). With a similarly stark exterior and a dining area that has all the wide open space of an airplane hanger, the new operation attracts a younger, more stylin’ crowd, especially in the evening when seats become all too precious. But at lunch during the week, eating here has all the downhome charm of the original.

On a recent visit, rather than go for the ribeye-steak palmetto burger that is the menu’s definite best dish (topped with pimento cheese, bacon, and fried jalapenos), I devoted my research to smoked meat. Understand that the area around Columbia, South Carolina, is a barbecue polestar, with such places as Hite’s, True BBQ, and Big Boy’s Smokehouse setting the highest possible standards. In this Major League, Kingsman ‘que acquits itself well. No, it is not on a par with what’s found in the more august institutions, but it’s damn good with a charm all its own. That’s especially true about pulled pork, which packs all the smoky variety that makes every forkful an adventure. Of course, it comes moistened with Midlands-style mustard sauce, adding a welcome tangy note. Brisket is good too, with many pot-roast-soft pieces but also lots of chewy shreds and bits and nuggets that are what Kansas City barbecue aficionados know as burnt ends. While the fattiest, most juicy brisket wants no sauce, Kingsman beef tends towards dry and therefore benefits tremendously from sauce, which adds lubrication as well as a powerfully syrupy sweet note. Also filling up my four-smoked-meats plate were a trio of ridiculously tender baby back ribs with sauce as sweet as jelly and a length of house-made Italian sausage that was, in this company, incongruously Mediterranean in flavor … albeit delicious. You get a side dish with a full meal — tater tots, baked sweet potato, green beans, mac ‘n’ cheese, onion rings, or, for a $1.50 extra, deep fried corn nuggets. Crisp-skinned, warm and sweet and comforting, nuggets are well worth the up-charge.

If barbecue and burgers aren’t your thing, the Kingsman menu also offers steaks, wings, and dinner-size salads.

 

What to Eat
Kingsman Que & Brew, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
Must-Try
Thrillingly diverse pulled pork with Midlands mustard sauce
Kingsman Que & Brew, Chicken Bog
Chicken Bog
Must-Try
Chicken bog is a Thursday special.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Brisket
Brisket
Must-Try
The sauce on brisket is not as sweet as it looks in this photo.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Corn Nuggets
Corn Nuggets
Must-Try
Corn nuggets, with their chewy skin and warm, creamy insides
Kingsman Que & Brew, Ribs
Ribs
Baby back ribs are glazed with sweet sauce that complements uncomplicated meat.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Side Salad
Side Salad
A decent salad precedes the meal, but decency is quickly eclipsed by the indecently delicious food that follows.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Big Cheese Burger
Big Cheese Burger
The Big Cheese is a 10-ounce ribeye burger sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings have unctuous crunch but are short on flavor.
Kingsman Que & Brew, Fried Pickles
Fried Pickles
Fried dill pickles offer al dente crunch and salty savor.
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
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