Best of Memphis 2019 Food & Drink
After a long summer spent driving down lonely country roads, sampling prodigious quantities of smoked meats and delicious sides, and repeatedly stain-treating shirts, it’s time to release Southern Living’s 2019 list of the Top 50 Barbecue Joints in the South. Last year we took the risky step of listing our picks in ranked order, and we’re doing it again in 2019.
Four Memphis restaurants have made Southern Living's annual list of "The South's Top 50 Barbecue Joints 2019.”
Nine Tennessee barbecue joints made the Southern Living shortlist of the 50 best in the South.
I’ve been on the road this month for another round of restaurant tours in preparation for the 2019 edition of The South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints. What particularly caught my eye on my recent trips were the little extras that some joints give away for free along with each meal. It’s a very hospitable and welcome practice, and here are my seven favorites.
Bless his heart! Tennessean columnist Brad Schmitt obviously had never experienced true Memphis barbecue.
Each spring, more than 75,000 people descend on Memphis for the World Championship of Barbecue. We scoured the Grind City to find the most authentic barbecue joints you can sample during the event.
Before you take away my Memphis card for not liking barbecue pizza, barbecue spaghetti or barbecue nachos, let me point out there are exceptions to these made-in-Memphis dishes. Barbecue spaghetti at the Bar-B-Q Shop is a whole different thing from sauce poured over noodles and I love the stuff – more on that another day. And while I’m not going to get excited over barbecue pizza, the baby one at Pete & Sam’s is not so bad – it’s tiny, after all.
Memphis has earned a reputation for exceptional barbecue, so much so that Memphis-style barbecue is one of the most famous styles that can be found in the whole of the United States. However, it should be mentioned that it is home to other restaurants serving up other kinds of food, with excellent examples ranging from burgers to pizza. Due to this, while interested individuals should make sure to check out Memphis-style barbecue, they shouldn’t miss out on the other opportunities that can be found in the region.
MEMPHIS BY THE BITE: Presenting the Tasteful List 2018 – alphabetical local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion. Most of the following should come with a gym membership and a warning from the American Heart Association, bless their hearts. Show some restraint; don’t try all of these over the weekend.