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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#89 of 1,198 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Colleyville, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been a regular customer of Payne's since 1973. I don't come here for the elegant decor. I come because it is the best barbecue around and it is served up by the fine folks who own the place and have worked hard for 3 generations to keep the high standards set by Horton and Emily Payne when they... More 

Thank GaleRivers
Atlanta, Georgia
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is worth going to when in Memphis. The pulled pork sandwich is hugh, piled so high!!!!!!!! I just can't get into the mustard sauce / mustard cole slaw.

Thank 15Serene15
Boca Raton, Florida
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered chicken bar-b-q...chicken was dry and the sauce was not mixed in with the meat, so I did not find it very flavorful. Know this place gets rave reviews, but I was not at all impressed. Stand in line to place your order, table delivery. Inside or patio dining available.

Thank NanM01
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We especially love the pulled pork sandwiches and most especially the mustard Cole slaw. We always get extra sides of it. Less thrilled with the rib sandwich. We always take out of towners there who care more about the q and less about ferns in the dining room.

Thank Les38117
Memphis, Tennessee
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I saw this restaurant by way of a fb and post and the reviews were good so I decided to try it for myself. We ordered a rib sandwich, a smoked sausage, beef hot dog and caramel cake. Hot dog and smoked sausage were very good. The slaw looks strange, but it's tangy and surprisingly tasty. They put a lot... More 

Thank msmaria04
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

If you aren't comfortable venturing away from your hotel, you can settle for the middling options available to you around Beale and its environs. But this is seriously good 'que. The neighborhood is a little sketchy and there is zero ambience. But the meat has a terrific smoked flavor and is topped with an addictive tangy sauce and mustard-infused slaw.... More 

Thank Ann A
Chicago, Il
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

By far the best chopped pork we have ever had. I don't care for baked beans, but these are absolutely amazing! We got there early and were able to get a table, I think there are only 9 (or less?) tables and not all of them have 4 chairs. We will be going back Paynes BBQ!

Thank kpc08
Union Grove, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

You want BBQ, not just any BBQ, but the best? This is the place!!!! Yep its a old gas station folks, garage doors still in place and all!! but don't let the outside stop you from going in, and once in don't let that stop you from ordering the best chopped pork sandwich you will ever have in your life.... More 

Thank chris g
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

The chopped BBQ sandwich with mustard based cole slaw is the best that this native Memphian has ever tasted. No linen napkins, and if you aren't into pork BBQ, fried baloney, or sausage links you won't find much to eat here. Don't go looking for a fancy ambience either, because this is great food in a simple, but clean setting.

1 Thank Dan1280
Atlanta, Georgia
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Made a quick stop on the way out of town. Heard many good things about this place and it smelled great in the parking lot. Had sliced pork, coleslaw and beans. All tasted good, great smoked ring. The coleslaw is a mustard base so a different taste than the average you find at most places. It's in an urban neighbor... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: 901-272-1523

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?