Memphis: Bar-B-Q Shop

Memphis: Bar-B-Q Shop

Many, many different opinions about which is the best BBQ restaurant in Memphis. No matter how highly praised, they all seem to look something like the Bar-B-Q Shop, though.

Luckily, I love rough exterior restaurants that hide some seriously genius pulled pork on grilled Texas toast inside. If you have a BBQ recommendation (or any Memphis tip) share it in the comments!

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  1. Heather at 3:33 pm

    Emily, I'm a Memphian 🙂 Bar-B-Q Shop is good, but I would also recommend Central Bar-B-Q (the original off of Central Avenue) and Germantown Commissary … Rendevous gets a lot of hype, but is more of a tourist joint (in my opinion).

    Other than barbeque, The Beauty Shop in Cooper Young (midtown) is really fun and eclectic … Priscilla (Presley) used to get her hair done there in the 60s, and now it's a chic little restaurant.

    xo, Heather

  2. Jenn at 3:52 pm

    I'm from KC and have never been to Memphis, but if one of your BBQ stops serves Burnt Ends, I highly recommend them.

  3. Heather at 3:56 pm

    I highly recommend Tops BBQ. There are locations throughout the city. Really modest little dives, but the best barbecue this Tennessean native has ever had!

  4. mrsem Author at 5:11 am

    Great BBQ tips! And, yes, we have platinum tour tickets to Graceland!

  5. Charise at 2:00 am

    I really enjoyed the pulled pork from Payne's BBQ and ribs from Cozy Corner. But the BEST thing I ate in Memphis was Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken.