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.
Memphis is a resilient city that has seen many challenging times in American history. Whether it was the Great Depression, civil unrest or a recession, Memphis seemed to always come back better than ever. It may seem typical for anyone from Louisiana to compare New Orleans to Memphis, but there are some things in common between the two. It’s not so much that the two cities are obviously similar just for their food or music, but just like New Orleans, Memphis is incredibly individualistic and unique.
I didn’t eat breakfast, in anticipation. Business took me to Memphis for the day and I planned on sampling some barbecue. My initial intention was to stop at Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna and get my first taste of the famous pork sandwich that earned the place a James Beard Award in 2012. From there I would swing by Payne’s BBQ for what some say is the best pork sandwich in Memphis. Things didn’t quite work out how I planned.
Back in the 1960s, a teenaged Priscilla Presley would travel the six miles north from Graceland to Atkins Beauty and Barber Shop, located at the intersection of Cooper Street and Young Avenue in Memphis, where she would sit in a glass-bricked booth and get her beehive teased and coned. Today, you can sit in the same booth. And while beehives are off the menu, they do a killer coconut cream pie