If the wind is blowing just right, you can smell the wood smokers all across James Island. And that smoked ’cue they churn out is just one reason that Smoky Oak has become the most popular bar on James Island. Another is the 40 or so beer taps that are dedicated to a respectable slate of craft brews. Smoky Oak is a man for all seasons, a restaurant that offers a laid-back gathering place for a group of friends looking to watch the game, a great weeknight dinner out for the family, and a perfect lunch stop for workers in the area. The pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket, pork ribs, and pork sausage are slow-cooked over red oak and hickory, and they’re tender and smoky enough to please any barbecue fan. Throw in a dozen tasty sides ranging from tangy collards to hand-cut fries and a full lineup of burgers and wings, and you’ve got more big-eating options than you can shake a hickory stick at. Sugar Magnolia, their sweet shop next door, adds ice cream, milkshakes, and sundaes to the family-friendly offerings. —Stephanie Barna DISH (Summer 2013)

Restaurant Details

Smoked barbecue served naked, wood oven-fired pizzas, 41 taps, and plenty of tasty bar fare.

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Hours: Lunch & Dinner
Price: $$$

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Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri 4pm-7pm: $1 off all alcohol, rotating food specials accompany throughout the week.


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