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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#66 of 1,204 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
American, Sandwiches, Barbecue
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
901-272-1523
Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Bar-B-Que Done Right

Nothing fancy about this hole in the wall white brick building with about a dozen tables and a small menu but this place produces the best sandwich of "Q" I've ever put in my mouth! The meat, slaw and sauce is so delicious no matter whether you get a chopped shoulder, Bologna or smoked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Larry G
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Nothing fancy about this hole in the wall white brick building with about a dozen tables and a small menu but this place produces the best sandwich of "Q" I've ever put in my mouth! The meat, slaw and sauce is so delicious no matter whether you get a chopped shoulder, Bologna or smoked sausage. Never been a fan of... More 

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Mich
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215 restaurant reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

this place is not fancy and more of a hole in the wall and a not too fancy area, but one of the best pulled pork sandwiches we've ever had. If you like pulled pork this is well worth a 10 to 15 minute drive off the expressway. We read about it in one of our books and the sandwich... More 

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Hadddonfield NJ
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85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Whenever we're in Memphis, we always go to Payne's for a barbecue fix. Their pork sandwich with a mustardy slaw is one of the best meals in Memphis. Southern Living Magazine lists Payne's as one of their favorite barbecue places, so you know it's got to be great. It's not an elegant dining establishment. In fact, it looks like it... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

Payne's has the best chopped pork sandwich anywhere. The yellow mustard slaw on the soft bum you just can't beat. Unbelievably casual in an old gas station, you wouldn't think such a great taste and sandwich would come out of this shop but it is the best you will find go to Payne's BBQ now.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

As a self proclaimed bbq connoseur, I will drive 100 miles out of the way to go eat good bbq. At Payne's BBQ it's not in an area of Memphis i usually frequent but if you want the best tasting bbq sometimes you just have to go out of your way to find it. Nothing fancy about the place as... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is not a fancy place - to say the least - inside or outside. The menu is very limited but once you taste the barbeque you'll be hooked. You order at an inside counter and then wait for some of the best barbeque you'll ever taste! The slaw was wonderful and we didn't have any, but I heard some... More 

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Kimberling City, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

My wife and I came to Payne's to have one of their famous chopped pork sandwiches. When we arrived, Payne's looked just like we thought it would from all the descriptions on Tripadvisor. Nothing fancy here just plane down home hosptility, super service and great bbq. Our sandwiches were great. My wife had their famous chopped pork sandwich with spicy... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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119 reviews 119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

For our introduction to "Memphis Barbeque" our friends took us to Payne's. At first glance you wonder what have I gotten into. But when take your first bite of a Payne's BBQ sandwich all your concerns go away. This is a fantastic "hole in the wall" place to get real BBQ in Memphis. Nothing fancy but real GOOD barbeque.

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Cologne, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The picture say all you need to know. Tastes as fantastic as it looks unhealthy. From outside it looks like a garage...but hey...inside too! Best case of garage recycling I know of...awesome

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Oceanside, California
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255 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We sought out Payne's and I ended up disappointed with the experience. We heard about this place somehow and I looked up the reviews and saw they were good so we decided to make this the one food stop for our day trip to Memphis. I wish we would have went somewhere else. Be prepared that they are cash only.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 901-272-1523

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches, Barbecue
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?