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chomper's bbq
08-21-2012, 09:35 AM
We're traveling down to Destin FL from St. Louis and Memphis is going to be our lunch stop. (You know all trips must be planned around good food experiences) Please share some must try BBQ joints, instead of the commercial boring joints, preferably along highway 55 and 78. I will drive for greatness though.:mod::thumb:

speedrcer1
08-21-2012, 09:39 AM
Everyone raves about Memphis BBQ Company.
709 Desoto Cove, Horn Lake, MS 38637
Right off I55.
Run by Melissa Cookston and John Wheeler.

hogzgonewild
08-21-2012, 09:42 AM
It seems like everyone has to hit up Gus's Fried Chicken when they are in Memphis. Might be worth a shot!

WineMaster
08-21-2012, 09:43 AM
Skip BBQ. You make great stuff at home. Resturant BBQ disapoints bbq cooks 80 % of the time.

Go get some GUS'S Fried Chicken

Or What he ^^^^^ said while I was typing

BossHogg
08-21-2012, 09:43 AM
I cover the Memphis area with work. These are the BBQ spots I frequent. I'm sure there are plenty of others, but these are the ones I prefer. The BBQ Shop is my favorite.

The BBQ Shop
1782 Madison Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-1277

Central BBQ
2249 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-9377

Renezvous BBQ
52 South 2nd Street Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-2746

The Pig on Beale
167 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 529-1544

deguerre
08-21-2012, 09:44 AM
Everyone raves about Memphis BBQ Company.
709 Desoto Cove, Horn Lake, MS 38637
Right off I55.
Run by Melissa Cookston and John Wheeler.

Of Yazoo Delta Q - Memphis in May Grand Champion 2010 and 2012...:mrgreen:

cirk
08-21-2012, 09:49 AM
Interstate BBQ is a classic. But Gus's is from what I hear some of the best food on the planet!!!!!

thaberberger
08-21-2012, 09:51 AM
Chompers -- I agree with the statement on restaurant Q being a general disappointment, even in a town "famous" for BBQ. But, Memphis BBQ Company would definitely be worth the stop, if nothing else than to taste what MIM Grand champions Cookston (Yazoo Delta Q) and Wheeler (Natural Born Grillers) throw together in a restaurant environment. You're also bound to see plenty of comp hardware. They are both amazing cooks. I've gotten my a-s kicked by them many times.

Oh, and Go Cardinals (born and raised in St. Louis, was just there this weekend for the Cards vs. Pirates).

Have a great trip.

thaberberger
08-21-2012, 09:53 AM
Interstate BBQ is a classic. But Gus's is from what I hear some of the best food on the planet!!!!!

Both are definitely good. Gus's fried chicken is definitely awesome, especially if you like a little bit of heat in your fried chicken.

deguerre
08-21-2012, 09:56 AM
Gotta be careful with Interstate. It's definitely hit or miss...

cirk
08-21-2012, 10:25 AM
Gotta be careful with Interstate. It's definitely hit or miss...

Most BBQ joints are, But BBQ spaghetti is something everyone should try :mrgreen:

Luv-2-Q
08-21-2012, 10:48 AM
I hit Interstate back last year when I was in Memphis. I will have to say the BBQ spaghetti was a hit with me. Also agree on the dissapointments in BBQ joints. You just have to understand that most of these champion cookers who compete week in and week out, can't put together award winning comp recipes for the 1000's of people they serve daily. Good? Yes! But probably not going to blow your socks off if you have perfected your own at home.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
08-21-2012, 11:07 AM
Gotta be careful with Interstate. It's definitely hit or miss...

I agree. I had a bad miss when I was there. Not going back..

MemphisTrey
08-21-2012, 11:26 AM
I would definitely hit up Gus's Chicken. it is a truly amazing piece of fried chicken goodness

Warthog
08-21-2012, 11:58 AM
The wife and I loved the BBQ shop. It's Greattttttttttt!

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 12:13 PM
Hello to my fellow St. Louisian!!

In the past couple weeks, the family and I have been to:
Dauphin Island BBQ (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/223/1659547/restaurant/Mobile/Dauphin-Island-BBQ-Dauphin-Island) (Alabama)
Got the Brisket sandwich. Loved it.
The wife said it's the best BBQ she's ever had in her life (she got the pulled pork plate).
Dauphin Island is a bit out of the way if you're going to Destin, but it ultimately depends on whether the side trip is worth it.


Tops BBQ (http://www.topsbarbq.com/) (Memphis Tenn)
"Quote": Memphis Best BBQ Since 1952
Mmm...not sure I'd call it that. If that's the best Memphis has to offer, it's a sad day.
Don't get me wrong, it was good. But saying you're the best in Memphis for the past 60 years is saying a lot. You better step up.


Company B BBQ (http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/28/1258427/restaurant/St-Louis/Company-B-BBQ-House-Springs) (near St. Louis MO)
Of course we had to try a local place after eating the "best" Memphis has to offer and some damn near epic BBQ in Alabama.
This place is two miles from me. Of course I'll be going again, the food is awesome. The wife puts it a solid second place, just behind the Alabama place.
It's worth your drive from Chesterfield. :cool:


Years ago we went to "Rendezvous" BBQ (http://www.hogsfly.com/) (Memphis Tenn)
That was the most ordinary BBQ I've ever had. Maybe even slightly below ordinary.
They're living off their reputation, for sure. After years of wanting to eat BBQ on the famous Beale Street in Memphis, I was pissed after eating here.
The next time I go through Memphis, I'll be trying Corky's Rib's & BBQ (http://www.corkysmemphis.com/).
I was told they're pretty good. A solid runner up to Rendezvous. Hopefully they're not living off their reputation like Rendezvous. :doh:

4uweque
08-21-2012, 12:20 PM
I think Memphis BBQ Company and Central BBQ are the two best here, that being said, I have to agree with others, commercial BBQ has a hard time being as good as what we make at home. If you don't mind a little bit of a bad neighborhood Uncle Lou's fried chicken is a place I always take visitors.

wingpirate
08-21-2012, 12:38 PM
This Memphian suggests Gus's Fried Chicken.

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 12:41 PM
From STL, Memphis is about 4.5 hours due south on highway 55 and on the way to the Gulf (New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulf Shores, etc..etc...).

deguerre
08-21-2012, 12:44 PM
Tops BBQ (http://www.topsbarbq.com/) (Memphis Tenn)
"Quote": Memphis Best BBQ Since 1952
Mmm...not sure I'd call it that. If that's the best Memphis has to offer, it's a sad day.
Don't get me wrong, it was good. But saying you're the best in Memphis for the past 60 years is saying a lot. You better step up.


The next time I go through Memphis, I'll be trying Corky's Rib's & BBQ (http://www.corkysmemphis.com/).
I was told they're pretty good. A solid runner up to Rendezvous. Hopefully they're not living off their reputation like Rendezvous. :doh:

Hey now...Tops is a BURGER JOINT. Great cheese burger. Iffy BBQ at best. Although I do like their sauce.

And FORGET Corky's. Try some at your local grocer's in the frozen meat section if it's carried there if you want Corky's.:roll:

mytmouz
08-21-2012, 12:46 PM
Rendezvous is the most overrated bbq place I have ever tried. My group actually left there and went to a Krystal joint...

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 12:49 PM
HAHA
A tourist driving through town and seeing their sign advertising "best in Memphis since 1952", I HAD TO stop in. Didn't know it was a burger joint though. All their signage led me to believe pulled meats were the "thing".

So forget Corkeys huh? That's a shame. So much reputation in the toilet.
Sorry to hear they're whored out and are selling frozen meat to grocery stores.
Blastphemy.

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 12:51 PM
Rendezvous was so bad, I was embarrassed for them.
The McRib sandwich at McDonalds is better.

deguerre
08-21-2012, 01:06 PM
I think Memphis BBQ Company and Central BBQ are the two best here, that being said, I have to agree with others, commercial BBQ has a hard time being as good as what we make at home. If you don't mind a little bit of a bad neighborhood Uncle Lou's fried chicken is a place I always take visitors.

A&R on Elvis Presley (The only location to go to) ain't too bad either. And +1 for Uncle Lou's.

deguerre
08-21-2012, 01:09 PM
Rendezvous was so bad, I was embarrassed for them.
The McRib sandwich at McDonalds is better.

What's funny about this is that McDonalds was originally a BBQ joint in it's very beginning.:mrgreen:

razrbakcrzy
08-21-2012, 01:31 PM
You could do some soul food resturants for a nice change of pace...


1. DejaVu Restaurant (http://www.yelp.com/biz/dejavu-restaurant-memphis)
936 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 942-1400

2. Wild Bill's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/wild-bills-memphis)
1580 Vollintine Ave
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 726-5473

3. Alcenia's Desserts & Preserves Shop (http://www.yelp.com/biz/alcenias-desserts-and-preserves-shop-memphis)
317 N Main St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-0200

4. Ellen's Soul Food Restaurant (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ellens-soul-food-restaurant-memphis)
601 S Pkwy E
Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 942-4888

5. Deja Vu (http://www.yelp.com/biz/deja-vu-memphis-2)
936 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38114
(901) 942-1400

6. The Crock Pot (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crock-pot-memphis)
2166 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38109
(901) 947-6200

7. Melanie's Soul Food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/melanies-soul-food-memphis)
1070 N Watkins St
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 278-0751

8. Ellen's Soul Food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ellens-soul-food-memphis)
634 S Bellevue Blvd
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 463-4373

9. Sarah Lee's Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sarah-lees-kitchen-memphis)
4040 N Watkins St
Memphis, TN 38127
(901) 353-2550

10. Onix (http://www.yelp.com/biz/onix-memphis)
412 S Main St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 552-4609

burgersb
08-21-2012, 01:49 PM
I know this isn't BBQ but they have great burgers.

Dyer's Hamburgers.

http://dyerscollierville.com

cirk
08-21-2012, 02:02 PM
I know this isn't BBQ but they have great burgers.

Dyer's Hamburgers.

http://dyerscollierville.com


Deep fried burgers in 40 year old oil YUM!!!!! I saw a TV special on them the Memphis PD actually escorted the oil to the new location LOL...

deguerre
08-21-2012, 02:05 PM
You could do some soul food resturants for a nice change of pace...


1. DejaVu Restaurant (http://www.yelp.com/biz/dejavu-restaurant-memphis)
936 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 942-1400

2. Wild Bill's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/wild-bills-memphis)
1580 Vollintine Ave
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 726-5473

3. Alcenia's Desserts & Preserves Shop (http://www.yelp.com/biz/alcenias-desserts-and-preserves-shop-memphis)
317 N Main St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-0200

4. Ellen's Soul Food Restaurant (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ellens-soul-food-restaurant-memphis)
601 S Pkwy E
Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 942-4888

5. Deja Vu (http://www.yelp.com/biz/deja-vu-memphis-2)
936 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38114
(901) 942-1400

6. The Crock Pot (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crock-pot-memphis)
2166 Florida St
Memphis, TN 38109
(901) 947-6200

7. Melanie's Soul Food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/melanies-soul-food-memphis)
1070 N Watkins St
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 278-0751

8. Ellen's Soul Food (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ellens-soul-food-memphis)
634 S Bellevue Blvd
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 463-4373

9. Sarah Lee's Kitchen (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sarah-lees-kitchen-memphis)
4040 N Watkins St
Memphis, TN 38127
(901) 353-2550

10. Onix (http://www.yelp.com/biz/onix-memphis)
412 S Main St
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 552-4609

Some of those are in lovely neighborhoods indeed!:mrgreen:

I know this isn't BBQ but they have great burgers.

Dyer's Hamburgers.

http://dyerscollierville.com

Go to the one at 205 Beale St...

Deep fried burgers in 40 year old oil YUM!!!!! I saw a TV special on them the Memphis PD actually escorted the oil to the new location LOL...

It was a hoot watching that on the local news.

WineMaster
08-21-2012, 02:12 PM
Diners Driveins and Dives say Lenards or is it Marlows

ribsrdone
08-21-2012, 03:07 PM
If this was for today's lunch, you're probably done eatting. My idea for the best bbq in Memphis is Cozy Corner. It's near St. Jude Hospital at 745 North Parkway. Just take the Danny Thomas Blvd. exit North one block to North Parkway and turn right. Cozy Corner is half a block on the right (south) side of the street. The owner is a delightful woman usually dressed in all white. Risky in a bbq restaurent. Many VIP's have made the trip. Mike Mills writes about Cozy Corner in his book " Peace Love and BBQ". I'm also a fan of Gus's Fried Chicken (310 South Front Street just south of Bealle Street)

Teamfour
08-21-2012, 03:23 PM
When we lived in Memphis we loved Gridleys. Not sure if it still exists. Also, stay away from any place run by the Neely's. We have never been impressed.

deguerre
08-21-2012, 03:42 PM
HAHA
A tourist driving through town and seeing their sign advertising "best in Memphis since 1952", I HAD TO stop in. Didn't know it was a burger joint though. All their signage led me to believe pulled meats were the "thing".

So forget Corkeys huh? That's a shame. So much reputation in the toilet.
Sorry to hear they're whored out and are selling frozen meat to grocery stores.
Blastphemy.

In all honesty, Tops is in actuality a BBQ joint. You just don't order the BBQ is all. Burgers only.:biggrin1:

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 03:45 PM
ha ha ha .....You people need some way of notifying the tourists driving through. :razz:

deguerre
08-21-2012, 03:48 PM
When we lived in Memphis we loved Gridleys. Not sure if it still exists. Also, stay away from any place run by the Neely's. We have never been impressed.

There's only one location left. I thought they ALL went out of business. I used to like them a lot in the 80s.

http://memphisque.blogspot.com/2012/01/sole-survivor-of-former-chain-gridleys.html

4uweque
08-21-2012, 03:48 PM
In all honesty, Tops is in actuality a BBQ joint. You just don't order the BBQ is all. Burgers only.:biggrin1:

If you ask real nice the one on Sycamore View will make you a " Fireman's Special". It's a tops burger with BBQ meat , sauce and cheese added, slaw is optional. I think it's the best burger around.

deguerre
08-21-2012, 03:56 PM
If you ask real nice the one on Sycamore View will make you a " Fireman's Special". It's a tops burger with BBQ meat , sauce and cheese added, slaw is optional. I think it's the best burger around.

I am SO there. Thanks for the heads up! I can see their pork working really well on the burger.

1MoreFord
08-21-2012, 08:34 PM
All I know is that if you pass thru Sikeston MO on your return trip I'd have to hit Lambert's. I know it ain't Que but I find it hard to resist their Chicken Fryed Round Steaks and rolls.

Soybomb
08-21-2012, 08:50 PM
Honestly I wasn't all that impressed with either the bbq shop or the commisary. If you have any reason to detour a bit mike mills 17th street in Murphysboro beats them both in my opinion.

Bob in St. Louis
08-21-2012, 09:47 PM
All I know is that if you pass thru Sikeston MO on your return trip I'd have to hit Lambert's. I know it ain't Que but I find it hard to resist their Chicken Fryed Round Steaks and rolls.
And the fact they throw the rolls at you. ha ha

Chenernator
08-21-2012, 10:01 PM
+1 on the Lambert's recommendation. That's the only reason to stop in Sikeston, IMHO.

For burgers in Memphis, it has to be Huey's. Central BBQ is solid for Q.

Bigdog
08-21-2012, 10:17 PM
Gotta be careful with Interstate. It's definitely hit or miss...

Probably true of most BBQ places. I've been there twice and just love the chopped pork Sammie's with slaw. The slaw is great by its self too. Also super easy to get off and on the highway.

foam2
08-21-2012, 10:34 PM
The company I work for has a plant in Memphis and all the crew there rave about Blues City Cafe on Beale Street.

http://www.bluescitycafe.com/

gtr
08-21-2012, 11:51 PM
I ate at Gus's the other day and loved it! I went into full on dork mode and bought a shirt. Great fried green maters too.

I like Central BBQ as well. :thumb: