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“The bartender sent us”

Tom's BarBQ and Deli
Ranked #98 of 1,436 Restaurants in Memphis
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Quince - Oakhaven-Parkway PD
Chicago, Il
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The bartender sent us”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

While staying in Tunica, we got to talking about BBQ with the bartendar. He sent us to Tom's and we are glad he did. The tips were amazing and the beef brisket sandwich was one of the best I've ever had. It was covered in BBQ sauce. The place is definately a dive, but don't let that scare you. Parking is very limited. They open at 8 AM but close by 7 PM so don't wait to go for a late dinner.

  • Visited July 2012
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Telford, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Some lunch!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

This place is very basic and looks deceive the tasty treat inside, I got taken in here for lunch, had 'tips' and BBQ beans.... Really really tasty.

Visited July 2012
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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Dry Rubbed Memphis Style Ribs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Authentic Memphis style, dry rub ribs with or without sauce (optional). We arrived at 5:00pm on a Tuesday and received quick, courteous service. You can sense the time honored tradition of smoking meat when you pull into the parking lot and smell the wood smoked meat coming from inside. The facilities are older, well worn, but clean. We purchased the full and half rack of ribs ($20-full/$10-half). It was plenty o' food for our family of four.

They have an attached dining room that is air conditioned (98 degrees outside, 72 degrees inside) for your eating comfort. There is extra sauce and napkins at the table.

The ribs had a nice, slow cooked crusty layer akin' to jerky on the outside (from the dry rub and time in the smoker) and the juicy meat inside just fell off the bone. We ordered the ribs with sauce applied. The sauce is slightly sweet with a tangy flavor you would expect.

We are fans of "Guy" and had to try this place out. We were not disappointed!

  • Visited July 2012
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Savannah, Georgia
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to the hype!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

We saw this on diners drive-ins and dives and noticed it was the number 5 restaurant in memphis so we were excited to try Tom's. The beef brisket was ok, the smoked bbq chicken was terrible tho had been sitting in the smoker way, way, way, too long the sides were edible the banana pudding was a let down - Tom however was very friendly and gave us a free side of pulled pork and some sliced bologna, the bologna was very good. The price was on par with most bbq places like this - we have a place here in savannah called the smokin pig that has better food all around than Tom's

  • Visited July 2012
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Great lunch spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stopped in off the Interstate for lunch passing through Memphis. Great ribs and pork shoulder.

  • Visited July 2012
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