Charleston is not lacking in barbecue restaurants. Most of them serve the classic Carolina style: pulled pork with a mustard-based sauce. There are several places that do this wonderfully (Melvin’s, Home Team, Bessinger’s).
People around here got very excited when they heard that pitmaster John Lewis was coming to town and bringing his Texas-style barbecue with him. Lewis Barbecue opened last summer on the north side of downtown, away from the tourist traffic and horse-drawn carriages. Here you’ll find plenty of parking, seating at the bar, and large portions.
We went on a Sunday afternoon with friends from church and had our food within 10 minutes of walking through the door. Food is ordered at the counter and prepared in front of you as it goes down an assembly line of various meats and pickled accompaniments.
I had the chopped brisket sandwich, and let me tell you it was glorious. Lewis Barbecue was the best cheap lunch I’ve had in Charleston in a long time. I’ve been craving it ever since.