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Memphis Blues Barbeque House

1465 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H1H6
Tel: (604) 738-6806
Neighbourhood: West Side

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To Meat or not to Meat
By hotdogboy of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 6, 2004 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

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.

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Best BBQ house around.
By Mecca-nism of texas (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

My fiancé and I love this BBQ house and it’s great to find a place in Vancouver that isn’t serving over-priced, trendy, boring, vegetarian-like food. The food is great, but you should be a full-fledge meat-eater to have full appreciation. The meat is so tender and flavourful, plus you get a lot for your dollar. You have to have a certain level of understanding for the service. The employees are laid back and you have to pretty much serve yourself for everything. My only issue is when they expect a tip for their behind the counter, care-free service style.

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Good Food, A Busy Place, Overworked Staff
By karlamg of Burnaby, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 11:59am [Dine in]

I took my fiance there for fathers day and we were fortunate to go there before 4pm because it was already busy. This was our first time there. We ordered the combination platter which was only 42.00 and was worth every penny. There was a ton of meat on our platter and my fiance was in meat heaven! It is not a sit down and have a server come to your table establishment. You have to go up to the cashier, order your food, get your plates, silverware and grab a table before it is too late. You also have to grab your drinks and the food when it is up. My fiance and I had no problem with the fact that we had to get everything, but some people had their noses in the air. One man complained he didn't get any water when he asked for it, yet there were jugs of water nearby so I don't know what happened with that. The food was very good. I really enjoyed the coleslaw and fries. The potatoe salad was ok but no one goes there for that. The BBQ was the best we have ever had. The staff did look really stressed though and I think it was because they were not adequately staffed for fathers day. One of them was really pushy with the customers but I think that is because she was tired, stressed and probably hungry. We couldn't even finish our food, we took home 2 take out containers (you have to pack your own food as well, so be ready for that). Overall, a good place for BBQ, just don't expect to get the royal treatment, this is not an upscale dinning place. But if that doesn't bother you, and you are looking for great BBQ, than this is the place to go!

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Great Music
By chairmankaga of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Memphis blues just makes me happy. Is there anything better than pulled pork and baked beans with blues in the backround? I don't think so. As for service... is there any service, whenever I'm there it seems I get stuck doing the legwork.

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gluttony
By bottomless of Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:30am [Dine in]

I'm not really into heavy BBQ sauces or massive carcasses of meat that's drenched in thick gravy, so I can't really say that i'd eat here again. The portions are way to big. And quite frankly, too much overcooked brutish meat doesn't sit well in your stomach after, especially if your a Vancouver native. I did enjoy the pulled pork though. And I highly recommend it.

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Pulled pork is the way to go
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

In a city with more vegetarians per capita than anywhere else in Canada, Memphis Blues House is a pretty decent way to tame your inner carnivore. I've been there several times with friends and tried the Memphis and Elvis platters. I've had better BBQ at various festivals but you get a lot of meat for your money. The pulled pork is melt in your mouth tender despite the fact it's drowned in BBQ sauce. Decent sides include potato salad, baked beans with a nice little kick to them and corn bread. My main problem with this place is the brisket. Every time I've been there it's dry and lacking flavor. I will stick with the pulled pork or the BBQ chicken in the future. Overall, solid BBQ if you don't have time to cook it slow at home.

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If you like brisket you gotta try
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Overall this is a nice restaurant to just hang out, listen to music and enjoy the food. You do have to get there early to avoid line-ups. Because it’s so small you could end up sitting by the door and having people hang over you while their waiting for their table. It can get a bit drafty too on a cold day. While the commercial drive one is a bit bigger, it doesn’t quite have the same ambiance and the one time I went the food wasn’t as good. It seemed re-heated and dried out. At the Broadway location the best dishes are the brisket and pulled pork. The brisket is succulent and the pulled pork nice and moist and yummy. The ribs are a bit drier than I like them and the chicken and sausages are decent too. The consistency of the corn bread perfect, not too cake like and not too dry and crumbly. The beans are flavourful, but maybe too sweet for some. My greatest disappointment is the fries. Their fries are done well, fairly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside but I would much rather have them plain instead of covered with all those spices, they just compete and not in a good way with the rest of the meal.

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Rib Restaurant without Ribs!
By splksgt of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2012 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

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?

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I get cravings for this place
By BrianGi of Vancouver (Fairview) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:37pm [Dine in]

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...

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Salty, Salty and more Salty.
By eatoutalot of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

I just had the ribs and fries. The full rack was $25 and comes with fries and fixings. The ribs were on the dry side and not much flavor as the salt overpowers any taste from the meat or potatoes. Sorry, but this is just my 2 salts worth, I mean cents worth.

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Huge Disappointment with Ribs
By knowsbbq of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

My wife and I are long-time BBQ meat lovers and we decided to give Memphis Blues on Broadway a try last week. The pulled pork and sides were fine. So this week I laid out $26 for the full slab of ribs dinner, take-out. I had it home and on the plate in less than 20 minutes. My wife and I could not believe how bad it was. The pork tasted at least a day old and had no smoke ring. In fact it tasted boiled with a short time on the grill to brown it up. We ended up throwing most of it out.The take-out service was fine, but the reason you go to a BBQ place is the BBQ meat. So beware!

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Pretty solid for local BBQ meat!
By McNugget of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Last night we decided to make a trip out for some bbq meaty deliciousness. We picked the Broadway location this time. We stepped in and our friendly waitress immediately seated us at the table and noticed there were only 2 menus. She came by and gave us 2 more menus to looked at. She also took the time to explain how to order here(we haven't been to memphis for a few years). 3 of us decided to share the elvis platter and 1 for the bbq chicken burger. The platter came out immediately after we paid and everything looked great! The food was warm and tasty, my friend's bbq chicken burger came out 5 mins later. One of the best experiences at Memphis, will definitely come back again!!! The chili was sooo goood... !!

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Doesn't hold up to the real thing
By foody212 of Richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

For anyone who has been to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi or parts south, and experienced a true Pulled Pork Sandwhich, the one served at Memphis Blues is a poor imitiation, but a pleasant reminder...if that makes sense. The sandwhiches are good in their own right, just not quite what you'd expect from the originals.

The low food rating actually comes from the coleslaw, not the sandwhiches. This place isn't far from work, and I go often because I enjoy the way the interior looks and it's different from other lunch spots so it's nice to frequent when I want a change. Not too expensive as you get alot of food. But good god, if anyone that works there is listening, please change the coleslaw!!

Thank you for listening.

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Rude Staff!
By MsDiva of Victoria BC Canada (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

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??

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Good BBQ but...
By buns of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 3, 2008 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I went here with some coworkers about 3 weeks back and found it a little disappointing. We ordered 2 Elvis platters and were excited about some serious meat feasting, but when it was all said and done, we were all a little disappointed.

Decor: Very cool.

Drinks: Like the self serve.

Food: A little disappointing. The ribs and pulled pork were great! Beans, coleslaw, cornbread and the sausages were disappointing. Good but not great.

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Best BBQ in town... room for attitude improvement
By rambone of Downtown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I have to say that MB is one of my favorite places in town. Great blues music, cozy décor and really good food. Having said that, it is important to note that MB is the ONLY place in town that serves real BBQ and they benefit from that fact enormously. Meaning, as the only real BBQ place in town, the food’s great… compared to other real BBQ spots around the world.. er.. meh. I usually go with the Memphis Feast which I share with a buddy or two.. it’s a mix of almost everything they have and is a must-have if it’s your first time there. It’s more or less a self-serve place; make your order at the counter, take a seat and grab it when they call your name. The staff is usually very friendly except for the big guy who I think owns the place… he can be a real jerk. Mispronounce a menu item, and he’ll be a jerk about it (not in a friendly joking way, but in a sarcastic condescending way), ask about the cuts of meat, he’ll be a jerk about that too. Sure he’s got a monopoly on real BBQ in town and won’t be going out of business anytime soon, but I don’t see why he can’t go a little bit out of his way to be nice. Oh, and when you call in, make sure you know EXACTLY what you want to order, because he’ll be a jerk about that too. Still one of my favorite places in town though.

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It's all good, except the catfish
By Porfiry of Kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

Someone needs to open a vegan restaurant next door to balance out the karma. The meat is great, the cornbread is usually pretty solid, and I've got a thing for their potato salad.

I've been many times, and the only problem I've experienced is the catfish. True, only a fool would order catfish at a BBQ joint. Now, I've never had good catfish, so I have no real reference point, but this poor fish was a chewy, flavorless, deep-fried mess. I really only mention it because it sticks out as an aberration on an otherwise fine menu. Heed my advice... stick to the mammals and you'll be good.

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May be reason there are no others.
By ahall77 of New Westminster (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

Sadly, not too many rib joints in Vancouver.... Maybe MB's is why. I mean I think Tony Roma's is still around, which is nice to get different styles of ribs... but it's still Tony Roma's. There's a reason Memphis Blues wins awards. It's in a class of it's own. Best be hungry and dainty just doesn't work. You're gonna get a little messy, but you'll love every second of it.

The ribs a slow cooked to perfection. If you can figure out the right time to go (when they pull them out), good on ya'. I'm sure not sharing that info. ;þ The sauce is served on the side so that you can put as little or as much as you like. Then if you're like me (some call this freakish?) and like to crunch on the cartilage as well, the Rib Ends are perfect for you. Their Potato Salad and Baked Beans are fantastic. If you’re in to ribs, you know about them already. If you don’t…. Where the hell have you been?

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Pulled pork! Eeek!
By waikiki of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Amazing pulled pork, and I liked the fries too. The mashed potato's portion is too small though. One drawback is that my friends have to wait for more than an hour to get a seat. It was a Friday night and I was late, so no complains

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Great BBQ!
By Prassinos of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 1:26am [Dine in]

I had heard of this place so when my kids suggested eating there I was keen to try it. I was not disappointed. The best part was the great BBQ. We ordered a tray with a variety of BBQ meat in it and without exception everything tasted great.

The music and the decor is also nice if you like blues. Just the right volume.

The service was not attentive though but this might be the style of the place; you want something? you go and get it at the counter. We had to go back and forth to get drinks, extra settings, containers for left overs, and even to return the tray when we finished with the meal. I think the waitress they had could (if she was more experienced) had been of more use. Maybe she'l get better with time.

Incidentally I saw an ad that they sell free range smoked turkeys for Christmas for $65.00. If I had to host a dinner I would order one with no hesitation!.

PS the rating is for the BBQ. Better go to a salad bar (The Salad Loop is my favourite) before or after for some good greens.

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