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?