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“Don't let the exterior fool you”

Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile
Ranked #5 of 33 Restaurants in Santee
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner
Reviewed 21 November 2013

This is a fun and interesting place. The buffet was fairly small but the down home quality of the food makes up for it. Plus it changes and on weekends expands. The old timey pickin' musicians were great! Nice family style restaurant with a fun atmosphere.

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Thank hurricanemitch
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Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

The restaurant building is made of four old country stores moved to their current location. They still contain merchandise from then.
The all-you-can-eat buffet is excellent, I recommend the chocolate dessert!
The evening we were there, there was live music.
We enjoyed the food and the experience.

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Thank Moisk
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We've been looking for somewhere special that we can make a repeat stopping place between our home and Charleston, Savannah, WDW. Reading the reviews this place was hopeful. Unfortunately it just didn't quite make it. The BBQ was dry and I just can't get myself to like the mustard based sauce. The chicken was a little dry as well. The black eyed peas were just like Mom used to make but that was sort of the only think that stood out.... until we were told about the homemade desert in the far room. This was very good and truely home made. All in all a decent place and probably alot of fun when the entertainment but won't be on our permanent list for food stops on I95. Sorry

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Thank Steve J
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

After reading the reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect so we almost didn't go. Well, I'm sure glad that we went. Even though there wasn't much BBQ for a restaurant with "Barbeque" in the name, we were not disappointed. In fact, the only BBQ in the buffet was pulled pork, but the other items made up for the lack of BBQ. As stated on their website "Pork barbecue, rice, barbecue hash, fried chicken, cole slaw, macaroni made with plenty of strong cheese and bananna pudding are always on the buffet at Lone Star". The feature tonight was Shrimp & Grits. I never would have thought that grits and shrimp would taste so good together!! And the Tomato Pie was so delicious. My husband, who doesn't even care for tomatoes, went back for seconds!!! We arrived just as the live entertainment was about to start. The featured entertainment was the Claude Lucas Bluegrass Band and it was so good that we ended up staying well after we finished eating just to keep listening. There was no problem with us staying as long as we wanted just for the entertainment. Everyone was very friendly in a home-style atmosphere. What a great find. We would definitely go back if in the area again and would try to time it when there would be live entertainment again.

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Thank Ladytrucker101
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

a real fun place to visit. the food was good, the employees were great, and we were lucky enough to catch music provided by a 6-piece "pickin' band". the buffet choices were plentiful and very good. glad we "dropped in".

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Thank sarge-in-fla
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