Travel to Memphis/Tunica on several occasions over the years. Obviously when in the area you HAVE to try barbecue. And Memphis has a very eclectic choice of types and places. And this has to be my favorite place so far, though still others to try. Different from Rendevous, which uses greek type spices on ribs; this is more typical of Memphis.
It's located almost next door to the National Civil Rights Museum (behind)/former Lorraine Motel. Pretty much standard old downtown building; brick outside. Lot's of wood inside for decor. Pay at window before you sit down and they they bring you your food. Servers were friendly and attentive by checking in. But it's self serve as to drinks and ordering. So I'm not sure what else they are doing about dining other than bringing your food but they do check in to see if all ok. =) In fact, I think they are quite friendly. My order was punched in accidently wrong on a combo/three meat plate as double beef v. pulled pork, brisket and ribs. But when they brought food out instead of bringing it back to kitchen to change, they just brought me pulled pork in addition to the beef. Can you say barbecue heaven? Finally about atmosphere, and although this isn't a "high standard" to beat, they have the "cleanest bathrooms" of ANY barbecue place I have been to........anywhere! This is a comment for you ladies out there because I guaranty if you eat barbecue much, this is NOT a point of emphasis for most locations.
Now to the food..........the real point of any barbecue mission. Tried a combo platter to get a sampling of their various offerings. And they have a lot. The pork ribs are St. Louis style ribs to me. Very meaty. Not baby backs but not typical spareribs. They were tasty but good flavor. A little on the tougher side; not bad but not "fall of the bone" tender. They offer you basted/"wet" or dry ribs, or "1/2 and 1/2". I tried the mixed so I could taste both methods and it's pretty good dry rub but I prefer the "wet" style. Just seemed to add a little better meld of flavors to ribs with the sauce cooked in.
On back bar by drink station they have additional sauces for use. These include mild; hot; vinegar and mustard. Only tried the mild but it was sufficiently flavorful and had a little bite to it, the more you ate. I'm sure the hot would satisfy those of you who enjoy more "kick". Never been the best fan of mustard/vinegar sauces to add later to my meat. Not the biggest fan of Carolina style barbecue so those sauces I leave for those of you who enjoy that crap.
They have all the standard sides. I tried the green beans and the baked beans. The baked beans were very tasty. They added shreds of pulled pork to the top of the beans which is a nice touch to me. The green beans, homemade, were good but someone in the kitchen was probably a little lazy or not careful. Some of the beans did not have their strings pulled as they should and that makes chewing a little "additional adventure" to remove. Meat portions were generous. Not overly so but definitely not as spartan as Rendevous. Sides were a little small for the price paid to me and served in plastic containers.
This is my new favorite barbecue place in Memphis and I will visit again. Good atmosphere; good friendly people; and good food. What more could you ask for?
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