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BBQ in Memphis, TN

Posted by boldmin on August 03, 2005 at 11:40:11:

Last itme I was there (this spring) i gave interstate BBQ a try, It was on food network so i thought well never been there why not? It was good, the BBQ Spegetti was actually very good, but the rest was just good. have you been there Before? there are some standard should try at least once places, Gridley's, Top's, Rondevou (sp?) there is a place in Bartlett (north east area) called pig and whistle that is worth a stop.

Posted by Ms. Pigsley on October 29, 2002 at 00:12:55:

You'll never regret it. You can not go to Tenn and not hit Memphis for Cozy Corner (order the smoked cornish hens) and The Rendezvous. What route are you taking? May be some good queing on your route if you are driving.


Cozy Corner
745 N. Parkway
Memphis, TN 38105
Closed Sun and Mon
Hours Tue - Sat 10:30 am - 7 PM

The Rendezvous (The best ribs I have ever eaten in my entire life)
52 South Second Street
(General Washburn Alley)
Memphis, TN 38103
Closed Sun - Mon

Hawkins Grill
1247 McLemore Street
Memphis TN 38106
Open 7 days a week


Posted by Porkloin on September 27, 1999 at 06:58:57:

In Reply to: Re: MEMPHIS BBQ EATERIES posted by 2Sparky on September 27, 1999 at 05:43:14:

I'm just glad to hear from someone else who likes Neeley's. To the original post writer, Neeley's has two locations. The easiest one to get to is on Mr. Moriah, which can be found off 240East. Go on down Mt. Moriah past about a dozen new car dealerships and you'll see it on your left. Another good one is the
Pig-N-Whistle, on Winchester. I don't know the exact address, so you'll need to call ahead. If you're on Beale Street try The Rendevous, located in an alley across the street from The Peabody. The Rendevous has dry-rub que that's usually pretty good, and the atmosphere is terrific. After eating you can get a good drink at The Rum Boogie Cafe, another one of my favorite Memphis hang-outs. 



Posted by 2Sparky on September 27, 1999 at 05:43:14:

In Reply to: MEMPHIS BBQ EATERIES posted by MARK DA SPARK on September 27, 1999 at 01:01:29:

If this is your first trip there you're in for a great time. Try to check out Cozy Corner, 745 North Parkway in Memphis. You can get driving directions from You can also get some good barbecue on Friday and Saturday nights on Beale Street from independent corner vendors. It's a great city for blues
and que. I'm from Philadelphia, PA and have traveled there three times already just for the food. People up here think I'm nuts but as everyone on this board knows once you've had pulled pork done the right way there ain't no turnin' back! Also check out Neeleys. Have a good time! 

Subject: Memphis
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 1999 11:15:13 MST
From: "Joseph Gannon" <>

I lived in Memphis for 8 years and miss the BBQ greatly. Here's a new place for you to try: The B-B-Q Shop on 1782 Madison Avenue in Midtown. Great dry ribs, but the sauce is to die for. They definitely have 
the best sauce in town. Also, a great lunchtime BBQ buffet.

Best sandwich: Little Pigs B-B-Q on 671 South Highland Street near the University of Memphis. Excellent pulled pork sandwich with great sauce and coleslaw right on the sandwich. Also, the first place I ever had battered fries, and still the best fries anywhere. One of my best memories of college.

One more place: Pig-N-Whistle on 7144 Winchester Road in East Memphis. Great dry ribs with an excellent rub.

All of the famous Memphis places are great (Rendezous, Corky's, Cozy Corner), but these are three places you should try when you find yourself off the beaten path in Memphis.

Subject: Memphis BBQ
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 10:42:20 EDT

Without a doubt!!! Rendezvous number one in my book!!! Then there's Corky's
and Leonard's and Willingham's and how about that Interstate place. If I
lived in Memphis I would probably sell my pits........

Posted by Dave on February 27, 1999 at 15:57:22:
In Reply to: Where to eat in Memphis? posted by LucyQ on February 27, 1999 at 09:00:10:

First and formost - Rendzvous!! Unbelievable dry ribs!!! Then try Corky's and Leonard's.

Posted by Q-Ball on February 27, 1999 at 17:00:21:
In Reply to: Where to eat in Memphis? posted by LucyQ on February 27, 1999 at 09:00:10:

The Interstate!!! Gotta try their barbecue spaghetti. Made me
wince to see it on the menu but made me smile when I put it my
mouth----the ultimate fusion food! YUMMMMMMMMMM!
And all their other stuff is good too!


Best Memphis BBQ
Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 23:40:35 EDT

Dear Sirs,
A friend of mine and I set out to see for ourselves who had the best BBQ in
Memphis. We've tried: Rendezvous, Interstate, Neeley's, Cozy Corner,
Leonards, Corky's, Showboat and rank them in about the order shown. The top
5 were all very good and also very close in quality.

Rendezvous was our favorite until our wives took us out for Father's Day last
year to Willinghams. We had taken only two bites when we looked at each
other and knew that this was by far the best we had ever tasted! The people
there are extremely friendly. All the food on their menu is excellent. And
the atmosphere is charming.
You must try them.
Willingham's World Champion Barbeque Restaurant
6080 W. Brookhaven Circle

Dave George

Posted by Danny Wilson on February 28, 1999 at 19:56:08:

In Reply to: Where to eat in Memphis? posted by LucyQ on February 27, 1999 at 09:00:10:

Just found ths forum wile searching for spices and see soneone needs my help. I've read the other replies and they are all good.
The Rendezvous, Corky's, Bozo's, all good. But some of the best
Interstate 2265 S. Third st. Neely's 670 Jefferson Ave. (nephews of the Interstate folks)
A&R Bar-B-Q 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd.
I ate at Insterstate for years untill I discovered A&R. It's wonderfull but almost unkown outside for their neighborhood. Interstate and
A&R might be best before dark for someone not familar with Memphis.  Hope you enjoy.

Posted by markh on February 28, 1999 at 16:32:17:

Hi LucyQ,

If you're the adventurous sort or if you just have a little extra time on your hands it's a relaxing half hour drive out US 70 east to Mason where you will find Bozo's BBQ Restaurant. Bozo's isn't one of the most popular places to get BBQ but they've been at it as long as any of 'em. They've been at various locations in Mason for around 60 years and they still cook Monday's meat on Sunday in a cinder block pit. The tables look to be 50's vintage grey formica and the people are as unpretentions as any you will find their food is the real thing too. I've never tasted even a hint of liquid smoke in their sauces and the hot sauce is old vinegar with black pepper so thick that it settles into the bottom 1/4 of the bottle and each new customer is warned of it's potential.

One of the highlights of going to Bozo's is the old picutres on the walls. I'm paricularily fond of the one that shows Mexicans running into the restaurant with their car in the 1940's. Other photos of interest are of the sisters who owned the restaurant for most of it's 60 years and it is their nephew operates it now.

Another off-the-beaten-path type place is Cozy Corner on Danny Thomas near St. Jude Hospital. Another place of some antiquity, they are best known for their BBQ Cornish Hens and Pork Ribs.
Check 'em out,

Posted by The Judge on March 01, 1999 at 19:33:36:

In Reply to: Where to eat in Memphis? posted by LucyQ on February 27, 1999 at 09:00:10:


For a pulled pork sandwich I vote for Neelys as mentioned in another
response. Last time I was there, I ordered and ate two of them while the
staff stared in amazement. They are some monster sandwiches.
For ribs Corkey's is real good. Try them dry.

Barbecue Cookers Are Tops!



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