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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#41 of 1,226 Restaurants in Memphis
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
901-272-1523
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 41
    Excellent
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    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
The real thing

We make Payne's our first stop when visiting Memphis. We love the pulled pork, beans and mustardy slaw. No frills dining...just the kind of place that has the best BBQ.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We make Payne's our first stop when visiting Memphis. We love the pulled pork, beans and mustardy slaw. No frills dining...just the kind of place that has the best BBQ.

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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I spent five days in Memphis and tried as many of the highest rated BBQ places as I could, and Payne's chopped pork sandwich was hands down, far and away, the best. Honestly, nothing else was even close. This was simply the best sandwich I have ever had in my life. The two champions that it toppled were the reuben... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

My husband and I stopped by here on a cross country roadtrip over a year ago, and we still talk about the place! We only wish it was closer! So authentic and delicious! Spicy BBQ is wonderful, The mustard based coleslaw is great too!

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

I don't know what I was thinking when I only gave this place 3 stars the last time I reviewed it. OK, Payne's is a dump, no one is arguing with that, but they do serve up some delicious BBQ sandwiches. The menu is simple and this place is CASH ONLY, but if you are in Memphis and crave a... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This BBQ joint is really good. This is not a fast food joint. Do not expect you meal in 30seconds. They take their time. Good portions. Plenty of food. Worth the time to find and enjoy.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 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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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 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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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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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, Delicatessen
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?