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Payne's Bar-B-Que

1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
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Naperville, Illinois
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114 reviews 114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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327 reviews 327 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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Tallahassee, FL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Otherwise two. My fiancee and I tried the two orders that get the highest praise, the chopped pork sandwich and the bologna sandwich. She liked (not loved) her bologna; I hate to say it, but my sandwich reminded me a lot of bland, mushy crock pot sloppy Joe. I liked the slaw, and the sauce was good... maybe we just... More

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This BBQ place was mentioned on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimern. We made it a destination and it was worth it!! Quaint family run place. Excellent food. They are closed on Sunday and they close at 6 PM. If you love good BBQ and fried bologna sandwiches, don't miss Paynes in Memphis.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Ive been going to Paynes since 1973. Nothing, and I mean nothing has changed....great BBQ, smoked sausage and decor. Still have the same planter hanging from ceiling. Best people ever. If you are a real BBQ addict, this fix is for you. I'm hungry just writing about it.

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Arlington, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

One of the best pulled pork sandwiches you will ever try , the mustard based slaw is so different and the sandwich just simply melts in your mouth ! A must try on any BBQ Crawl !

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Sawyer, OK
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

It was pretty good. I am from OK and am used to a different type of BBQ but the pulled pork was good, just not what I am used to having deep in the South!

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Mansfield, Texas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I first started eating at Payne's in the late 70's, when legendary pit master Horton Payne would be in the back barely visible due to all the smoke in the joint. In the forty some-odd years I have been eating barbecue, this is and remains the gold standard by which all others are judged. And having eaten barbecue all over... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Driving from Lebanon, TN to Little Rock we were hungry when we hit Memphis. Wanting to try someplace we had not eaten at we picked Payne's. An awfully good choice. The chopped pork sandwiches are some of the best we've ever eaten as are the wonderful beans. This is not a fancy place, it's an old service station, but who... More

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