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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#30 of 1,191 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This location is a bit east of the city center but if you are looking for a good rib joint that locals go to this would be it. The place is nothing fancy and service was fast and efficient. Some decent beers including a few local brews started things off. My 1/2 chicken was moist and slathered with their sweet... More 

Thank Ken T
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried 5 other places, and this was the best. Best ribs, pork, brisket, and sides( hands down the best) liked the original sauce better than hot which is very odd for us. We travel just for BBQ, and have been everywhere for BBQ. The dry ribs here were great, but more of a preference for us. I'm a Texas BBQ... More 

Thank Byron S
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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the best. It has a lot of hard meat in it. I really did not like the bbq sauce. Just OK for meat. Slaw is good. Bbq beans tasted as if they came right out the can.

Thank J. H
Bloomington, Illinois
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this unassuming little place in Memphis upon the recommendation of a friend and I'm glad we did. We asked our waiter for his recommendation and so we had the ribs. They were absolutely tender, moist and delicious. Served with coleslaw and beans and Texas toast. Two sauces are offered if you want them. But we are them... More 

1 Thank Suzanne35691
Alexandria, Louisiana
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family and I had lunch, enjoyed all the food. Scenery and atmosphere was very relaxing. Customer service very good. I would highly recommend eating @ this restaurant.

Thank BUFFYG2311
Memphis, Tennessee
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorites in town. The best Bbq spaghetti in the city. This is the number one reason I visit. Service is good and atmosphere is friendly. You won't be sorry.

Thank rdad8079
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Out of the way barbecue joint with the most delicious ribs I have ever eaten! I had the dry rub and it was amazing! The slaw and beans were just as good! Close to midtown! The service was on point too!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

I am North Carolina born and bred. Give me some Lexington or Eastern style Carolina BBQ any day of the week. HOWEVER, I must give credit where it's due and say this was absolutely some of the best bbq I've ever had. Like top 3, easily. I will probably get kicked out of NC for saying it, but it was... More 

3 Thank Michelle M
Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Food was great as was the service. This place is not near downtown, but well worth the drive. Lots of parking available if needed. The ribs were meaty and flavorful and the Texas toast was really good. Wish I would have gotten a pulled pork sandwich. Tried the pulled pork in top of the bbq spaghetti and the spaghetti was... More 

Thank KandJ44
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

To be fair, this was the only BBQ we had in Memphis. That said, we were completely satisfied with our visit. Our 10 year old daughter even loved the pulled pork. We bought two bottles of sauce on the way out. I'm sure there are other BBQ places that are just as good but this was a great sampling of... 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
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 19012721277

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