Memphis Blues Barbeque house features southern comfort food including melt-in-your-mouth ribs. There are several other locations in the Lower Mainland.
Went here with the family. Was greeted promptly as we were their first customer of the day for lunch. My better half and I ordered the Special which consist of pull pork sandwich with sausages and soup of the day. Which was a brisket broth with vegetables. A bit too salty but tasty. The pull pork sandwich was just ok. I had tasted much better. The soup came in a very small bowl which I thought was a joke at first. There was no other "fixings". I thought you would get some baked beans and cole slaw like the other sandwiches but I guess it was the special you get soup instead. The special cost $10.95 each. In my opinion it was way overpriced for what you gotten. Left still hungry. Was disappointed as I read the rave reviews. This is the third time I ventured to this franchise, and I have concluded that this is Bar-B-Q cooking without the "soul" .
I tried this place on the recommendation of my niece, and I was not disappointed. I've been here twice now and both times I loved the meals. The pulled pork sandwich was terrific, the meat was moist and tender with just the right amount of barbeque sauce. I had a combo sandwich with sausage and meat, it was the special of the day.....Mmmmmm it was so good and very filling too. I found the ribs to be smoked just right and not dry or stringy, The baked beans were a barbeque style, I liked them and the cornbread was nice and warm, with a good consistency - not at all dry
The restaurant it's self was rather baren and sparse, both times I visited there were only 1 or 2 other people ordering take-out. I would have prefered to have a server take my order rather than ordering at the counter, but the cook/owner was a very pleasant friendly person who didn't mind chatting about his cooking methods and food preparation. He obliged us with tastes of the brisket, which was very much appreciated.
I would go back again, maybe in the summer to sit on the patio - it looks like it would be nice.
Memphis Blues serves up some pretty heavy duty food, so despite a rather high price, you're getting your money's worth. That is, if you enjoy southern comfort food that's not at ALL healthy but will just absolutely melt in your mouth.
I've tried two dishes now (you can buy from a wide variety of meats, from pulled pork to sausage, ribs to bbq chicken) and they both were terrific. Pulled pork especially, and if it's your first time going there, I'd recommend starting there.
Also grab the fries, as while Memphis makes a decent potato salad, the french fries are out of this world good.
Meals also come served with beans, cornbread and coleslaw, and if the idea of getting a full meal doesn't appeal to you, there's always sandwiches and side orders.
The service is very good, and the staff is polite and easy going. You go in, order at the table, seat yourself and they bring the food over. Food that's pretty expensive, bringing me to value. You're getting a lot for what you pay for, and if you can eat it all, great. I couldn't, but I came close (I'm a pretty skinny guy)
Lastly... ambiance. The place is pretty small and kind of empty (as is every place in Grandview Corners), but I bet it'll be bustling come Summer and that'll help a lot. They have a distinctively Sourthern feel to the somewhat sparse decor.
Went for lunch and tried the lunch special: pulled pork with sausage sandwich. Delicious and very filling. The BBQ sauce had a unique zing to it. The fries weren't my thing: too thin and crispy but still tasted good. The server was very friendly and the food came out hot and fast and good.
The lunch time crowd was pretty light, easy to get a table and served right away.
My husband lived in the South for 7 years and he said this is definitely not Tennessee-style BBQ as they claimed it to be. I thought the flavour was OK but it was a bit pricey.
The meat was greasy. The sides were nothing to be desired. The baked beans were wayyyy too salty. The fries tasted old and dry. We did not try the corn bread that came with our meal -- a tiny crumby chunk of yellow dough was not appetizing.
The servers were friendly and the restaurant looked pretty clean.
We were not too impressed with the overall value and will not be back.
Food is bland and not even close to being southern.
Brisket sandwich was actually pretty good, however the rub they use is bland and does little for the meat.Too bad it was served on a grocery store bun that was dry and had little taste. The same here goes for the pulled pork sandwich.
Sides are underwhelming, beans were just plain baked beans with some smoke, no sausage or zing like real southern beans. Collard greens tasted like boiled pork and bland beans, no vinegar (a essential for collard greens) or anything else, just that same old smoket taste that was in all the food.
The sauce wasnt bad, but again too smokey with no other flavors to be had except molasses, and for sometthing with so much moleasses it was quite bland.
The servers were great and friendly, the ambiance wasnt bad, goofy junk on the walls, some obscure jazzy blues playing (shocking). In all I got the feel that this was a west coast Canadian take on southern food. Much like vancouver "Sushi' or "Chinese food".
I wont be back, I can make better at home...
This is the third Memphis Blues location I have tried, and it is definitely my favourite. The staff here are super friendly and helpful, much more so than I have experienced at the others. They are doing a fantastic job, and I'd like to think that I'd know, as I have run several small restaurants myself. The food is great every time we go, and even the one time my husband had a complaint, they were quick to deal with it and we still left happy. I can't wait for the summer when their big patio is open, because they have great drink specials that are hard to come by in the typical restaurant...try this place because you won't be disappointed...unless you are a vegetarian!
Went to the new Surrey location of Memphis Blues a few weeks after it opened, and it was absolutely hopping. Having been to other locations I already knew what to expect, but for someone who might be here for the first time it was extremely helpful of the staff working to let people know that they can take a seat, then come up and order, and the food will be taken to their table. I have to give them kudos here as that isn't always done at the other locations.
The food itself was very good, I am a pulled pork and beef brisket guy and I wasn't disappointed. My only gripe would be that I wished they would give a little more of each when you get the combo. These are the two items that are always a must have here. I also love the choice of different bottled sodas, washing this down with a Boylan Lemon Soda was the cherry on top.
I love good bbq i travel all over the place for work and have had true southern bbq and sorry to say this is not it. Bland was the main theme with their food. We got was is called the Memphis Feast . this is a bit of all their meat . Pulled pork no flavoure and very dry.Ribs tender but no taste no smoke or spice. chicken very dry.
beef was the best thing but no spice or smoke taste.
when you go in to the resterant they have great pits but i don't think they know hoe to us them .
Lets talk about their sauce they give. this is not a tennessee sauce way to much molasses in the sauce.They should think about adding some vinger and mustard to it drop half the molasses and they may be close.
Do not waste your time if your looking for true southern food this is not it. If you like bland food give it a try .
I was told to try Memphis Blues by some coworkers, but not any location I had to go to the Clayton Heights location on 186 & Fraser Hwy, and now I know why. The service was incredible,the server took the time to explain how the meat was smoked and how they had "laid back feel" as far as ordering yourself. Before the end of our meal we were laughing and having a great time with other customers and the staff! We ordered the Elvis Platter & some BBQ shrimp and we were not disappointed. The Ribs were amazing, the brisket melts in your mouth even the smoked sausage is something out of this world! My whole family loved fries and the shrimp, I don't know what they do to the butter but wow!!! Then to top off the great evening there was a musician that came and began playing live music (every Sunday night they apparently have this). Overall we've told serveral of our friends and we've have all been happy with their experience. So if you love BBQ, Memphis is the place to be!