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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#34 of 1,268 Restaurants in Memphis
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

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    4 of 5 stars
Best BBQ sauce IVe ever tasted

On my most recent trip to Memphis my sister and brother in law took me here for the ribs. OMG. BEST, most tender, fall off the bone , meaty ribs with amazing BBQ sauce. Complete with beans , coleslaw , and Texas toast. Can't wait to go back .

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
N. Reading, MA
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N. Reading, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On my most recent trip to Memphis my sister and brother in law took me here for the ribs. OMG. BEST, most tender, fall off the bone , meaty ribs with amazing BBQ sauce. Complete with beans , coleslaw , and Texas toast. Can't wait to go back .

Thank gmann7643
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went there for lunch. Arrived fairly early, seated promptly, ordered and had a fairly long wait for food to arrive. For a place that has a limited menu, you would think at 11:45 all food would be ready to plate. Fries were seasoned and nothing special, but had a crispy outside, tender inside. The bbq sandwich was a little light... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who would believe anyone would consider serving spaghetti with BBQ. Doesn't sound right does it? The thought of it didn't excite my taste buds. But this dish was one of my highlights in Memphis. Spaghetti came with a rich brown sauce and a little bit of pulled pork which blew me away. I will be in my kitchen trying to... More 

Thank GrantHay
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love coming here during the Christmas holiday to get my Memphis barbecue fix. I especially love the smoked turkey. The sauce is wonderful and all the meats are tender.

Thank amead222
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten here the last three times we wanted BBQ. This is my new favorite places. I love the dry BBQ ribs, the sour cream potato salad and the BBQ spaghetti. BBQ sandwich was excellent; my husband said it was one of the best he's ever had. A really good choice for Memphis BBQ. Cozy, casual atmosphere. Owners are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in Memphis on our way back from New Orleans and decided to try a new BBQ spot. It's not far from the city and we were intrigued by the BBQ spaghetti. Had a nice waitress who let us sample first & we were sold. I was also surprised they had BBQ chopped beef brisket - having lived in TX... More 

Thank Amy F
Cordova, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Bar b que shop was great lunch experience. My son got the pulled pork sandwich on bun and enough meat for sandwich and half. I got it on texas toast,nice change of barbque sandwich style. The meat,sauce was delicious. First thought,i will be coming back. Our server,Carl was so polite,courteous and right there. A must whenever in midtown.

Thank famaddy
Loveland, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is my second trip to this restaurant and we dined in this time. My friend just had a couple of side items and the turnip greens were especially tasty. I had a full meal and decided to try a full order of their dry ribs. The ribs were fall off the bone to the point of being quite a... More 

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Brooks, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Two thumbs way up for the ribs, service, and the beers on tap. If you want a fantastic meal at a fair price, then don't miss this great restaurant. We will be back the next time we are in town.

Thank Dan S
Detroit, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This is an institution in Memphis--don't miss it. Authentic bbq-best in Memphis! Try the platter with half dry-half wet ribs. Coleslaw is great. Service was outstanding. Go early before they run out of ribs!

Thank rosie

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 19012721277

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?