Palmetto Pig Barbecue's chefs slow-cook chicken and pulled pork until supple and tender, in addition to whipping up a slew of classic Southern side dishes from scratch. The expert barbecue bosses douse the supple meat in a toothsome tidal wave of homemade sauce, meticulously seasoned with spices and the tears of a magnolia. A parade of crispy fried chicken and hush puppies await rumbling tummies, and made-from-scratch sides such as coleslaw and potato salad duke it out for the title of best supporting comestible on the menu.
Warm fragrances from a cornucopia of burgers and sandwiches waft from Southport Food's kitchen and twirl across the restaurant's wide-open dance floor. Kick-start idling appetites with hand-breaded, fried jalapeños ($3.49), which extinguish piquant blazes with ranch dressing like a rookie firefighter. The Moon burger raises hunger tides with the gravitational pull of two six-ounce, handmade patties on a seeded bun ($6.49), while the pimento burger pounds empty midriffs with a tag team of bacon and homemade pimento cheese that leap from three slices of toast ($6.29). The kitchen's comestible-wranglers also assemble a posse of deli sandwiches cloaked in turkey, roast beef, and ham ($4.29–$6.79). On select nights, live music prompts patrons to spring to their feet and swing dance or shake free the onion rings lodged in their cuffs.
Family-managed and staffed exclusively by relatives and close companions, Jack's BBQ Buffet serves hearty Southern cuisine in a hospitable dining room nestled near the scenic Green Meadow golf course. The menu includes a bounty of sauce-worthy selections including succulent chicken, fresh fish, and other rib-sticking fare accompanied by a selection of hunger-sating sides. Carnivores and their meat-minded compatriots can whet their incisors on a dish of robust beef brisket ($7.75), and the daring beef connoisseur can challenge his hand, mouth, and unhinging jaw parts against a monstrous 24-ounce Jack Burger. Jack's BBQ Buffet is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
Bucky’s BBQ owner Wayne Preston honed his craft at a young age, spending boyhood afternoons in his father’s meat-packing plant and Wednesday nights preparing suppers for his local church. Word about Wayne’s saucy ribs and pulled pork spread shortly after he founded his own roadside barbecue stand, forcing him—like the barbecue-sauce barons of years past—to expand his operations to new frontiers. Today, each of Bucky’s four locations fashions heaping plates of never-frozen Boston butt, tender chicken, and St. Louis–style ribs in the traditional country style: hand-rubbed with secret seasonings and slow-cooked over a smoky fire of hickory chips. Five house-made sauces garnish slices of juicy meat served alongside traditional sides of baked beans, coleslaw, and sweet potatoes. When they aren’t dishing out meals in the restaurant, Bucky’s tireless staff serves parties, formal events, weddings, and flash mobs as large as 1,500 people with fully catered barbecue feasts.
The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).