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Lita Yee

Los Angeles, California

Best BBQ in Memphis?

Coming to Memphis for the Hip Hop Weekend and I'm staying a couple extra days to take advantage of the city's offerings.  What I would really like to try is some real deal BBQ.  Can someone point me in the right direction?  

By the way, thought I want to try Memphis BBQ, I'm also down to try any other food that Memphis is known for, so suggestions for that would be great, too!

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  • Central BBQ (restaurant)

    2249 Central Avenue Memphis TN 38104-5507 (901) 272-9377

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  • Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis (restaurant)

    1782 Madison Ave, Memphis Tennessee

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  • Keith Spence

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    I don't know what Hip Hop Weekend is, but I know my Memphis BBQ! When I used to live in Memphis, BBQ joints held a special place in my heart because they were where you could find me on my cheat days. So yeah, I know them well :) Anyways, here are some of my favorites:

    • The Bar-B-Q Shop: You can order anything here and it's guaranteed to be good. If you want something special, try BBQ spaghetti.
    • Central BBQ: There are three locations. The newer one on Butler is the most spacious one. Do the pulled pork, ribs, and nachos. Their homemade kettle chips are so good.
    • Cozy Corner Restaurant: Have to get the ribs.
    • Payne's Bar-B-Q: Do the chopped pork sandwich with a side of baked beans. The mustard slaw on the sandwich is out this world.
    • Charles Vergos' Rendezvous: Again, ribs.
    • Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ: Order these three things: ribs, baked beans, and BBQ spaghetti.
    • Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken: this isn't a BBQ place, but I'm throwing in this place because they have amazing fried chicken and everyone needs to try it!

    I got hungry just writing this.

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    • Lita Y.

      Lita Y.

      Wow, awesome. I'm getting hungry, too! I don't know what BBQ spaghetti is but it sounds like something I have to try. Thanks for the suggestions! · (1 likelikes)

    • Lance W.

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      This answer is spot on. In downtown you can take the trolley line to get to the south main historic arts district where central bbq has a new location, or take it along Madison Avenue to its end and walk a short bit to get to the BBQ Shop. And of course Rendezvous is downtown. · (1 likelikes)

    • Keith S.

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      Yes, Lita, you'll have to try that BBQ spaghetti. It's definitely a Memphis treat! Thanks, Lance! Good suggestion on the trolley. Definitely the way to go. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Lance Wiedower

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    There are excellent restaurants on Main Street in downtown if you're into more than just barbecue. I suggest Felicia Suzanne's, Flight Restuarant, Majestic Grill, South of Beale. If you will have a car consider driving to the Cooper-Young Historic District in Midtown, or the growing nightspot dining and bar scene in Overton Square

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      Thank you, Lance. Good to know that there are good places near where I'm staying! I'm still undecided about renting a car, but might for a couple of days if I need to. Are the Cooper-Young District and Overton Square fairly easy to cab to and from, or is it better if I have a car? They sound like fun! · (0 likelikes)

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      I'd say so. Not sure what the fare would be, but it's probably only a few miles. Overton Square is a straight shot east on Madison. Once you get to Cooper Street it's just a few blocks south to Cooper-Young. Just last night I had drinks at Alchemy and then dinner at Restaurant Iris. Iris is considered one of the best restaurants in Memphis and requires reservations, usually weeks in advance. It's in a tiny old house in Overton Square. Only has 12 or 13 tables. · (1 likelikes)

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      Lita Y.

      Oh nice! Thank you for the recommendation. This event isn't for a couple of months, so I've got time to make reservations for restaurants if I need to. I'll definitely look into Iris! If those areas are just a few miles away, I think I'll just take a cab rather than deal with the hassle of renting a car. Thanks again! · (0 likelikes)

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    You have to go to Bar-B-Que Shop for barbecue spaghetti – it's a Memphis specialty. And FYI, Charlie Vergos Rendezvous serves charcoal-broiled ribs that are dry rubbed and based with vinegar that are touted as the best in Memphis.

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    Recommendations all depend on what you are going to order.

    Here are some suggestions Central BBQ (multiple locations) Bar-B-Que Shop, Memphis Germantown Commissary

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