Central BBQ -In addition to the Memphis standards ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, they offer items like BBQ Nacho’s, BBQ Turkey Sandwich and BBQ Bologna sandwich. This is the heart and soul of Memphis BBQ. There are lots of locations and I eat there once every other week. This is where locals eat BBQ for lunch and family Tuesday night dinners when work ran late and there’s nothing in the fridge. Its fast, its good and its not expensive. For a Memphian, eating Central is like New Englander grabbing Dunkin’ Donuts its just part of the routine. For More Info on Memphis BBQ click here to read the BBQ reviews.
Jim Neely’s Interstate Barbecue is a Memphis institution. The original location is situated off of I-55 near exit #7. When you walk in, you know you’ve got an original Memphis experience coming. I like to get the pulled pork plate with beef sausage links. Another winner is the BBQ Spaghetti. I always like to save room for either the pecan pie or sock it to me cake. If you’re looking for an original Memphis BBQ stop, this is a great one.
Local’s Choice: Pulled Pork and Pecan Pie
#1 Germantown Commissary – If BBQ had a blue blood line, it would be Germantown Commissary. Simply referred to as The Commissary, this would have been the MLAL #1, but for two reasons. First, One and Only’s Banana Pudding has meringue on it. Second, I have to drive further to get to the Commissary.
This is absolutely top notch Memphis BBQ. My meal is usually the cheese and sausage plate, pulled pork sandwich with slaw, and of course, banana pudding for dessert.
Elwood’s Shack Let me start with a few observations. Yes, its in a Lowe’s parking lot. Yes, there is limited seating inside. We saw people in their Sunday best after church waiting for a table out in the sleet on a freezing day. If the movers and shakers of Memphis will wait in a Lowe’s parking lot in the freezing rain, then Elwood’s is clearly doing something right.
We took the family for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful Dixie Eggs Benedict (on a biscuit vice English muffin). Little Bit’s grilled cheese was a stout affair with a serious layer of cheddar and soft whole wheat bread–she was all over it, The Wife’s Avocado Turkey sandwich on a croissant was a great as well. This place has legendary brisket, a great smoked chicken Philly and the smoked turkey sandwich are great.
Oh by the way, their cinnamon rolls are a level up. It tastes like they’ve used honey as the sugar base for the glaze.
#1 One and Only BBQ – MLL’s favorite place and a Memphis best kept secret. It has two locations, and its a relative unknown on the Memphis BBQ Scene. Everything is good. Its not a hit on Trip Advisor or Food Network, but when this local wants Memphis BBQ, its where I go. I’m not a rib guy, but these are the best I’ve ever had. My wife loves the pulled chicken. Sweet potato fries, baked potato salad, Memphis Style Brunswick Stew, etc. The Banana Pudding may be the best in Memphis that wasn’t made by someone’s grandmother.
Pig-N-Whistle: If you’re stuck at the Millington Naval Base, this is the best stuff around. Its the old Kerrville, TN train station and its got a great old country feel to it. Its off of Highway 51 and has a good solid menu from BBQ Nachos to BBQ Sandwiches. I’ve been to lots of Hail and Farewell’s there, and I still stop in if I’m out that way.