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“Drove a long way, got disappointed!!!!”
Review of Blues City Cafe

Blues City Cafe
Ranked #4 of 58 Nightlife in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Blues City's world famous menu has drawn attention of presidents and celebrities alike. Check out the best food on Beale with live music nightly in our world famous Band Box.
Columbus, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Drove a long way, got disappointed!!!!”
Reviewed June 14, 2013

The and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to come to Memphis and seeing all the attractions on the food and travel channels. My wife loves fish so was asked several different people who has the best fish in town, everyone we asked said "Blues City Cafe. We found the cafe and loved the decor of the establishment, everyone was we encountered we friendly. After a quick review of the menu our mouths were set for catfish and ribs. Our disappointment came when our meals were completed and sat in the holding area for the waiter to pickup. One of the male servers started singing, dancing, laughing, talking, and even showing pictures to the cooks as he stood directly over our food. We told the waiter we did not want the food because of what we just witnessed. The waiter told the cooks and staff what we said, we were offered to have our replaced which would have fine. We decided not after the server that was doing all the sing, etc heard about what we said. He got loud and seem to be offended judging from the small amount of cursing we could hear and the constant looking over at our table. At this point enough was enough, and we paid for drinks and left. By the way, not once did a manager come to our table to ask about the incident.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank rj15312
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Dayton, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
349 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Good food, too bad for the terrible service”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Great music and awesome food in this little place. But the service was TERRIBLE. Only saw our waiter twice; to get our order and give us the check. It took about 30-35 minutes just to get the check and pay the bill. We tried to get other waiters to help us but they ignored us. Never got extra sides we requested. Its too bad this place is represented by a poor staff with such great food. I got the half rack of ribs and the meat was so tender, when I went to pull off a rib, all I got was bone.

Visited May 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Best ribs in West Tennessee”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The ribs fall off the bone, and taste great! The side of beans and slaw are about a spoonfull each, but you will love the ribs so much, you won't care about the sides. Busy place but worth any wait you may have.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank ramblin1
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bournemouth uk
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

food is lovely whatever people who go to memphis will enjoy food at this cafe they must try apple dumplin and the stew its a 10 out of 10

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Alan D
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Huntsville, AL
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Poor service, mediocre food.”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

This place was rated to high on TripAdvisor that we figured it was the place to try when we wanted to try some good Memphis BBQ. Things looked good when we were seated, the food we saw looked great and a friendly server came by quickly with water. We ordered drinks which took about 10 minutes to show up then waited another 10-15 minutes before he finally came back to ask if we were ready to order food. By then some of the tables around us that had all been seated at the same time as us were already getting their food. The three of us ordered a rack of ribs to share and a salad. The rack came out in a fairly timely manner but our friend waited forever for her salad. We were beginning to think it had been forgotten completely (we asked about it when our ribs came out and the guy said he'd check on it). We were half done before it finally arrived. She said the salad was good. Our ribs were ok, but definitely not something we'd go out of our way for - honestly about on par with Chili's maybe. Trying to get a refill on our water, or get our waiter for much of anything was a huge hassle as he walked by us time and again without stopping.

Visited May 2013
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