Memphis Blues Barbeque house features southern comfort food including melt-in-your-mouth ribs. There are several other locations in the Lower Mainland.
Food: A lot of meat - wow. Ordered the Elvis platter and had plenty to take home but I didn't think the food was particularly great tasting. The majority of the food came cold which I didn't expect from a BBQ house. Sausage, ribs and pulled pork were great. Hen was actually quite bland - needed a lot of BBQ sauce. Coleslaw and potato salad were a hit but fries were limp and the beans were ok. I think a lot of people equate portion size as being a the main factor of their rating but I think taste is also very important and if it wasn't for the BBQ sauce in the bottle/bowl, this meat would fall flat.
Service: Almost non-existent. Def. no need to tip.
Ambiance: Almost cafeteria-like and the music can get too loud for conversation. Def. just a place to go with pals.
I've been here many, many time over the years and they've definitely got a repeat customer. Excellent BBQ food with excellent service. Each and every time they see me, they're really fast with my orders whether I dine in or do take out. I also always order the Memphis Platter because it has a great selection of various meats complete with corn bread, coleslaw, beans, and BBQ sauce. I would highly recommend this place for a night out with friends or even a dinner date with your special someone.
my b/f and i had been invited to try out this place and after looking over the menu and hearing 3rd party reviews how the Elvis Platter could feed 6 hefty guys w/ leftovers to take home we agreed to check this place out.
food: Elvis platter def does feed 6 large eaters no problem! there is a variety of different types of bbq meats and sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and fries. the meat was alright, i dont like the fact that it is prepared b4 hand and therefore comes out cold. sides were pretty good. i def liked the seasoned fries.
service: we had heard it was a self serve place kinda like nandos so i wasn't too surprised. the waitress was nice enough to accomodate our larger group and she was constantly busy seating and cleaning tables. the food came out pretty fast, but everything is premade.
ambiance: busy! crowded! def be prepared to wait! the decor is kinda tacky...but i guess it is suppose to be "southern"?!
overall: worth trying atleast once, but if your not big into meat, forget it!
Memphis seems to be a popular spot as this was the first time I've actually been able to get a table. Its a small place with relaxed service; you order your food and drinks from counter. We ordered the Elvis Platter which included too many types of meat to remember, slaw, potato salad, beans and more meat. Oh yeah and then they threw some more meat on top of the platter for good measure. The $60 platter easily fed 6 people so its fairly economical place to eat. I might add another review in a few days when the entire dining experience has been completed.
It was my youngest daughter's 13th birthday and she wanted ribs for lunch. I checked what the opening time was on Sunday and noted it was 12 noon. So all four of us made the trek from Richmond which was a 15-20 minute trip. It was raining hard that day and after paying $1.50 for parking we made our way in. Upon entering a male staff member told us that after we decided to come to the counter to place our order. I thought that was strange as usually the server comes to the table. But OK. Then 10 minutes later another male staffer says, " we don't have RIBS" . "What?" The waiter said they were late in fring up the BBQ. I asked how long expecting maybe 10 -30 minutes.He replies 1 1/2 hours! We got up and left and spent my money next door at the Ramen restaurant. At least they had Ramen. A Ribs restaurant without RIBS? Huh?
This place is good by Vancouver standards but by absolute southern barbecue standards it is but mediocre.
The pulled pork is good as are the sausages and the brisket. The ribs are tough and poorly cooked, hardly fall-off-the-bone tender. The Cornish game hen is terrible.
If you ever have a chance to eat barbecue in Kansas City or St. Louis or Memphis or Austin you'll think this place is pretty grim.
I had an out of town guest who was looking for good BBQ ribs. This was the first place I can think of.
The 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 kids, shared the Elvis Platter. We arrived just before the dinner rush and were seated promptly. The sausage was ok, and the pulled pork was palatable. However, the chicken and ribs were DRY. We hardly touch either. It was a real disappointment. At the end of the meal, we left half a chicken and almost all the ribs on the plate and only took home the pulled pork.
The service was ... friendly? I mean it is a self-service place, so ...
The room and music was fun though. Even the self-service thing is kind of fun. Only complain is the space. The table is so small that after placing the platter on the table, there is no room for our side plates. Add to that 2 restless kids ...
Even though the food was below our expectation, I quite enjoyed the evening. I will give it another try, without the kids though. Perhaps the chef had an off day.
Memphis Blues, only two locations (that I know of) and we had to pick the Broadway one.
Food: We ordered the "Elvis" Platter which was bigger that the other ones. There were 12 in our party so we had to order two platter. They came with enough food for 11 people. I was left hungery after we left. Lots of GOOD food, meats and sides, but not enough for 12.
Service: Slow, only had one server taking the number of people in you party outside. There was a huge line up. We waited 1/2 to an hour to be finally seated.
Ambiance: Small and crowded. The building itself is a small narrow restaurant. Not more than 8 or 9 tables inside. Maybe even less. Small space means LOUD place.
The Commercial Drive location is much bigger, maybe twice it size and more tables.
Went with five friends today and upon arrival had to wait about half-an-hour for a table at around 8 on a friday. Make sure to put your name on the list if there's a line up.
Basically you just go up to the counter and order whatever, pay for it, and they'll bring it to your table.
We ordered the Elvis platter and it was gigantic!! It can with cornbread, fries, coleslaw, potato salad, chilli, pulled pork, sausage, a whole chicken (i think), ribends, and sliced brisket. We couldn't finish it, but had eaten enough that the leftovers weren't worth packing up. I ate so much I could barely walk after :P.
The best thing out of all of the items from the platter were the ribs, which disappeared really fast and the sausage. I liked the cornbread and how it was moist.
Great BBQ, the way it was meant to be. Cool place with super good food. The service sucked, but our bill was only $120 for 3 couples, including two pitchers of beer.
Great place for a casual meal with friends.
I was so excited to eat here, as I did my research about good food. Memphis Blue's captured my heart, but soon left my heart after my 1st bite.
The ribs taste like they're baked in an oven. The taste was bad and I could see leftover meat residue from where the ribs sat in a baking pan. I overlooked that. I poured sauce on my ribs, but the sauce was THE WORST I've ever had... The beans taste identical to using a can opener and heating them in a microwave.. Like pork n beans. The colseslaw and potato salad was meh!!!! The only item that was semi alright was the cornbread, and that taste like, cornmeal egg and milk... I was looking forward to sweet cornbread with other fixins mixed, like other bbq joints I've eaten at.
I've not traveled to Memphis, but this bbq is a digrace to Memphis bbq... My daughter even said the food was nasty..... Add some more spices and smoke or grill the meat and UPGRADE the sauce and I might check back on another visit to BC.. For now, this is an aquired taste you need for Memphis Blues, sort of like caviar... ugh.
I honestly have no idea what the hype is about this food.
I love eating here. The decor is fantastic, the music is always good, the people are very nice, and the food is GOOD. The pulled pork with salad and cornbread is a personal favourite, as is the Elvis Platter when feeding a crowd.
I've been to countless resto, buffet in US and CAN. This is the first BBQ place that can ruin my appetite. First finding a parking is tough and well the interior is very small and packed.
We went there because of my friend's birthday, and we ordered 2 Elvis platters. The only thing that is edible in this platter is the pull pork and maybe the ribs. The chicken is probably the worst, tasteless and super DRY, and it made COSTCO roast chicken like a winner. The bean is blah just like a can bean, coleslaw ...not close to a real cole slaw. The rest of the meat is cold...and...not like MONTANA's fall off the bone type thing. After several bite...that's it, I can't handle it no more. The ORIGINAL BBQ sauce is too overpowering.... Mind you that I've been to a BBQ championship in PORTLAND, and not even one competitor used an original BBQ sauce. That is old tech, now most BBQ rest like MONTANA's and TONY ROMA's used a subtle sweetier and a tad tanginess with still some zing of BBQ sauce. Now, if you are a meat eater and care more about the quantity than quality. This is the place for you. But if you think MONTANA's and TONY ROMA's is good then you'll be very dissapointed with Memphis Blues.
The service is ok because it's like a fast food place. This restaurant reminds me of the CIRCUS CIRCUS BUFFET in Las Vegas, with most of their food is from the can. I will not come back again.
if you like a good BBQ this place is not to be missed, but be prepared for the biggest pile of tender, juicy meat you have ever seen!
My girlfriend and I went here for dinner, and we had the BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, fries, coleslaw, and BBQ beans. After having lived in the south, we had high expectations for what bbq should be. The food wasn't bad exactly... it just doesn't hold a candle to real BBQ. If you have ever had authentic BBQ from the American south, you'll see what I mean. Not bad BBQ, just mediocre. Other than that, service is decent (although I can see how some would be turned off by the ordering counter idea), and the food is fairly cheap.
I went on a Monday night when I tried this place, and it was fairly quiet with not many people inside. To order, you walk up to the bar and talk to the barman/cashier. It was very easy, he was a friendly man. I enjoyed the ambience, it was unpretentious and cozy. I had to try everything so I got a "Memphis Feast" to go. It fed 2 as me and a buddy are big eaters but it could easily feed 3 or 4 smaller eaters. It was $32.95 before tax.
- The chicken (game hen?) was dry, I agree with the past reviewers. We didn't enjoy it much.
- The sausage was tasty but way too salty. I love salty food but even I couldn't handle the sausage and we left some of it uneaten.
- The ribs weren't my favorite, they were a little fatty and not much meat to pick at. The rib ends had some nice meat on them, I always liked end-cuts of meat.
- The brisket was nice, it would be great in a sandwich.
- The pit-beans were too sweet, my friend said "way too much ketchup taste" - but if you love the sweetness of ketchup you'll enjoy them.
- The coleslaw was much too creamy. I always hated creamy coleslaw, I like vingeary slaw better - but that's a personal preference.
- The pulled pork was very tasty, we bothed loved it.
- The cornbread was the best I've ever had, I could have eaten a whole meal of the cornbread.. mmmmm!
Overall, decent place. We will go back one day when we feel in the mood for BBQ meats. But we'll stick to the things we thought were done well, the pulled pork and the cornbread. I'll try a sandwich next time, I hear they're great.
Memphis Blues, BBQ at it's best. This is the type of place that you need to go with close friends, I would not recommend for your first date experience. The BBQ was excellent, meat perfectly prepared and in abundance. The beans well what can I say about the beans. Service was extreamly casual and almost gruff but I think this is what diners expect from this popular hole in the wall. Only 37 seats in restaurant so seating is tight so tight in fact I ate without a plate with my jacket on my lap. Over all a fun experience shared with good company.
I've been going to Memphis Blues for a few years, ever since a friend took me there for the Elvis platter. I think it is the barbecue sauce that keeps me coming back. It really is quite good. Also, this restaurant is pretty unique in the Vancouver culinary landscape. There aren't many options for bbq meat, baked beans and cornbread.
My only complaint is that they are too stingy with the cornbread and buying it as a side is too expensive.
More cornbread please...
Over the years I have been to this place about 8 or 9 times. The first few times my wife and I absolutly loved it. Unfortunatly the last few times have been really unpredictable, some times good other times almost totally inedible. We last visited Memphis Blues a few days ago after dropping off my in-laws at yvr we came back to town late tired and hungry and decided to get a feast to go. The prices I noticed had gone way up from what I remember (used to be under $30 now Over $40 for a feast platter) we got home opened it up and couldnt evan eat most of it the sausage was good, pulled pork was fine everything else was terrible.
The brisket was hard the chicken was petrified,ribs thin and dry, sides tasteless. We couldnt eat most of it.
Bottom line, these guys used to be one the (if not the) best values in town, now with higher prices and crapshoot products I can't go back. I want to back but what I want to go back to is Memphis Blues 5 years ago when the food was alway good and the price was right.
I took my BF here for his Birthday on a quiet weeknight, since he loves BBQ. The place was empty save for two tables finishing their meals. We sat near the till, with the staff passing by several times and standing around, ignoring us. We sat there for fifteen minutes getting annoyed and finally we left. Why is it so hard to give good customer service and just say hello??? They must smugly think we are the idiots for not knowing there is no table service but the manager lost our business for good. All somebody had to say was Hey folks, come to the counter when you are ready to order. But they couldn't be bothered. Why reward this kind of attitude??