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Goner Message Board / Memphis / MEMPHIS BBQ RANKINGS 9/01
eric o
Posted: Sep 22, 2001 1:25 am
COZY CORNER [change of ownership hasn't hurt all-time allstar]
PAYNES (lamar) [solid sandwiches in ex-garage]
BIG S [JC Hardaway's unbeatable bbq + quart beer can't miss]

INTERSTATE BBQ [Neely's better brother]
PAYNES (Elvis Presley) [good backup]

In a pinch:
CORKYS [easy shipping a plus, family-friendly atmosphere annoying]
RENDEZVOUS [big, bustling, mediocre]
NEELY'S [smaller, hearty, heavy]

BROWN'S [open 24 hours]
COLETTA'S [bbq pizza is impressive for sheer weight, but that's about it]

let me know about any others... thoughts, tips, slams, etc...

Posted: Sep 22, 2001 2:32 am
Big S gets my vote. That's the place I scream and yell to go to when I'm in Memphis. Johnnie Taylor, ZZ Hill, etc.. on the jukebox. The homemade hot sauce there will KILL you if you're not careful--I thought I could handle it...It had me cryin'...two quarts of beer helps to numb the swollen tongue. Guaranteed hangover eliminator. JC rules(When you can figure out what the hell he's saying).
Posted: Sep 22, 2001 5:55 am
This isn't quite IN Memphis, but the Betty Davis store on Hwy. 7 at the Marshall county line between Holly Springs and Oxford is at the top of my list. It's so fuckin' good words don't do it justice. Plus, they got cold beer. Even on Sunday.
Posted: Sep 22, 2001 9:40 am
I'm probably not qualified to contribute to this thread, but I will none the less. The two places I've had ribs at are Cozy Corner, and Paynes. Each had their own thing, and each were good in their own way. Cozy Corner had the more watery sauce but it had bite. Paynes had a thicker sauce with a little less bite. I preferred Paynes thick sauce, it's what I've come to expect out of ribs, BBQ in general even. Though Cozy Corner showed me that sauce doesn't have to be thick to kick ass. So right now, it's paynes in the lead by a wee bit. The paynes we went to wasn't on Elvis Pressly Blvd (or whatever the fuck it's called).
Posted: Sep 24, 2001 4:48 am
I don't know about Betty Davis', but if you're referring to Big Bird's on the way to Jr.'s, I say stay away unless you like crack.

I'm not crazy bout the fat on Payne's ribs, but others seem to like it. Their sandwich is total value & will not disappoint. Ambience is great--too bad they don't book shows there--how bout the King Rider's at Payne's!!!???

Big S is the best Bar & Grill in Memphis, (& maybe by default anywhere). My gut feeling is that JC is usually just trying to say that his feet hurt or ask if you want french fries. Be careful how you respond.

My favorite new (to me, old to Memphis) bbq experience is very much old-school & I am ashamed to admit that I heard about it on sports talk radio. It is on the way to elvis' house on s. bellevue across from the bulk mail center. For overall flavor of the sandwich, sauce, beans & accoutrement, it is best in Memphis. I have yet to try the ribs, but they are spoken of reverantly. Very slow service & very busy so call ahead if you are in a hurry. A& R BBQ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd. This is apparantly an institution to the folks on the other side of the tracks & I have never seen it in ANY top Memphis bbq lists. I think those lists are written by people who only read other people's lists. Enjoy!

By the way, I think the idea of Scott having a sidecar full of Payne's product going across the Mason-Dixon line is a fine one. Since Memphis now (finally) has good beer, maybe we can get Paul Finger to send us some great polka 78s instead?

eric o
Posted: Sep 24, 2001 6:30 am
ah, the great polka king paul finger! where he at?

tried to hit the a&r one sunday and was shut down (were shut down everywhere, even the buccaneer, until we finally got some GREAT burgers at the lamplighter). have heard great things. further investigations will be conducted.

best burgers in town: big s, two-way in, lamplighter. buccanneer's supposed to have some good grease but i can't say i've had it yet. are any of the dyer's any good any more? where else?

Posted: Sep 24, 2001 7:01 am
i can't believe you guys know paul finger. i'm dumbfounded.
Posted: Sep 25, 2001 3:29 am
The Betty Davis Store is not the same as Big Birds. It is about 15 miles further down the road and past the turn-off to Jr.'s. It is the last dirt road on the right before you get to the tallahatchie river bridge. If you cross the river ya done gone too far.

As for burgers the Lamplighter rules, but I the burger I had at the Two way Inn left a lot to be desired unless you like the mustard only approach. They do get credit for servin' em up at 4:30 in the AM.

final solution 1
Posted: Oct 13, 2001 10:39 pm
hey - dyers burgers and egg rolls on cleveland does it right - damn good burgers, and you can grab an eggroll on the side if the feeling hits ya. My buddy Dave did it - and he loved it. I like the fries, myself.
eric o
Posted: Oct 14, 2001 12:14 am
the 2 Way Inn still rates high... don't recommend anyone eats the veggie burgers, no matter how much those plant-eaters claim "they taste just like real meat"- they don't.
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