Posted: Sep 11, 2005 5:29 am
They do put celery seed in Payne's slaw, I think. Yep, I'll concur that Payne's sandwiches are really, really good. If you're not familiar with Memphis, though, I'd take a Memphian with me to find it. It's not exactly off the beaten path, but...
Interstate also has very strange bbq spaghetti. Worth a conversation, at least.
Hey, your Argentinian friend might like the lamb ribs at the Rendezvous. But, I may not know what the hell I'm talking about. Rendezvous is not that good of eats, but it's fun to go there. And, they do have beer there too.
I come by all of this honestly, you guys. My grandfather had the first 'counter service' bbq joints in Memphis, ala Tops. They were called the 'Pig Pen'....the first one was where the Tops is now on Summer Ave. My mother tells the story of bottling sauce for 5 cents a bottle to earn money for her prom dress. He was something...put crystal chandeliers in the shops (one of which resides in my attic now). Can you imagine chandeliers in a Tops like restaurant? When he died, in 1958, his obituary was headed - in both the Memphis papers - "Allen Crump - BARBEQUE MAN".
Tops sucks for BBQ, but their burgers are, I think, almost the best in town.