True BBQ was established in 2010 by Ernest and Milton Zanders of West Columbia, SC.

​​The restaurant first opened to be able to serve lunch and dinner on Thursday – Saturday. Because of customer feedback and popularity, True BBQ changed hours and opened Wednesday – Saturday to service their customers. This vision was birthed from 2 brothers who, one who is the chef extraordinaire, Ernest Zanders and Karen Mikell who sold bbq as a peddler across Columbia from their car. Combining Ernest’s skills and vision with his brother Milton, who has extensive management experience — TRUE BBQ was born.

​​They have worked with customers from Jim Hudson, Wentworth Printing, Cherokee Truckers, Clark’s Auto, USC, Benedict, area schools, Amazon and more. As a family owned restaurant, True BBQ is dedicated to making sure their services exceed expectations. Call on True BBQ for lunch, dinner and for catering events. Mission statement: Great product, great service, great attitude and a clean place! We look forward to seeing you at 1237 D Avenue in West Columbia, SC.


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