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Memphis, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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339 reviews 339 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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
6 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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Additional Information about Payne's Bar-B-Que

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

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