Memphis Blues Barbeque house features southern comfort food including melt-in-your-mouth ribs. There are several other locations in the Lower Mainland.
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.
The BBQ is delicious and as 'southern' as one can get in Vancouver, I guess. However, the prices here seem nearly premium compared with the establishments in the real south, known for their good, cheap BBQ, with all the fixins. It just feels that at this place, too much of the price is for the 'House of Blues' like atmosphere. The tunes are rockin here, though. No doubt.
For no-nonsense deep south cooking, I found this place just across the border, in Blaine, right off the Pacific Hwy, in the mid-town shopping plaza. I don't remember the name, but they serve up deliciously honest soul food at it's finest!
If you dont mind a serve yourself atmosphere, and really enjoy texan style red meat, you will Love this place. We go every 2 months or so, its so good! Not the classiest place, but great food and friendly service.
This is THE BEST BBQ in town. I've been going here since they first opened, and the food is very consistent. My husband and I got to know the owners, two good guys with great vision! They was no decent BBQ in the city before them. The smoker was built with their specifications after traveling the states to see how it's really done. There is simply no other restaurant that do it like they do! Yes, you have to go to the counter to put in the order and get your food, but that keeps the price down and the quality high. As well, they actually put thought into their wine selection. The off-dry fruity roses pair perfectly with the BBQ. This is where to come for BBQ, period.
This place is really stellar! It's a sort of cafe style, and seating's tight of an evening. But the food is all soul; when you eat the riblets, sausage, catfish, beans, bread--the whole schmear--something deep inside sighs with satisfaction. Go hungry. You'll leave full for 2 days. They serve good beer, too: Big Rock, and cold. You have to serve yourself, no fuss at all, which in a way adds ambience, in another it's rather crowded and loud.
The BBQ tasted soooooooo wonderful every time I was there! I love the restaurant even tho it's a bit small but it's pretty cozy! The music there is also pretty great. I haven't seen any other place has the ice tea as the one they have--so great!!
I went to this place on a recomendation, and it was everything i was told it would be. I shared some kind of patter for two, it was about 3 bucks i think, on the platter was ribs, suasage, shredded pork, and chicken, it also had some corn bread and some side salads. At anyrate this place is top notch when it comes to bbq. What i wasnt all that keen on was that you order standing up at the till, and then go sit down and wait for your food. Its almost like an assembly line kind of a feel. the decor is really great. Its definetly on my list of places that are great to eat at if your in a hurry, but ive walked away several times when they have line ups at the door.
I really have to say that the memphis platter $30 is an excellent deal. Or if your not into eating a whole left side of a farm, order off the menu. They have a wide variety of dishes. Spicy to reg. The cornbread is delicious. Moist not dry. Which is a plus for me. Now for the service. The food was quick enough so my guests and I had no probs. The memphis platter can't be finished. There were four of us and we took home a big portion of it. Im not a pretty little super model either. So I really did eat. Excellent deal.
I enjoyed my dinner there last night!
The pulled pork really is very good, not dry at all (something I was worried about). The fries were really well spiced, and I liked the kick that the coleslaw had. I enjoyed a Boylan cane sugar soda as well with the meal. I took about half of it home though, it was a large amount of food.
The staff were really kind, and the guy taking money was really funny. I enjoyed being there, and I will definetly go back.
The food here is delicious! I came here with a couple of guys (6-8), ordered the largest meal on the menu, i think the Elvis platter? It was very very good, but it didn't fill me up. Service is okay, but need more people on the floor. But what makes this restaurant different from the others is the glass bottle pop. Cane sugar Cola, rootbeer, and sprite.
I was a bit hesitant to try this place after the recent reviews being more on the negative side of things. But it was better than I expected and the food wasn't as terrible as the reviews before have said. We got the Feast platter which had a sample of all the meats and all the side dishes for $46. I thought it was pretty good overall, the only ones I didn't like much was the coleslaw and the chicken was a bit dry. Otherwise the pulled pork and others were very tender especially the brisket. I would recommend this to groups of 4+...I don't know how 2 people would finish this! Everyone around us were packing up their meals to go too.
Memphis Blues on Broadway.
Been here twice now and had two slightly different experiences, none that I would say was poor though.
First time there it was pretty empty, so no waiting for a table which was good. We ordered the pork brisket and pulled pork and rib dinners. Food was tasty if a bit rich but hey, this is BBQ after all. The portions were a little on the small side, not what I expected for southern BBQ. It was about 8:00 pm, so maybe they were winding it down for the evening because it was slow, I don't know.
Second trip there it was very busy and we had to wait for about 12 minutes to get a table, still not too bad. It was early, about 6:00pm and this time, the portions were huge. We could have easily ordered just one entree and split it, like the couple next to us did. As it was, we each had a light meal or snack for the next day. Bonus.
Self-serve for most of the stuff which is fine with me. You even pack up the doggy-bag yourself. Prices are fairly reasonable, tending slightly to the high side. The food is rich, tasty and heavy - it's obviously a lot of meat. I haven't ordered the brisket again as I found it a bit tough. Mine didn't contain much sinew and/or connective tissue, so it was inherently drier and therefore harder in texture. It required more chewing - I much prefer the pulled pork, it's soft and delicious and I would recommend that instead.
The restaurant is small and the decor is nostalgic and casual. As as long as a restaurant is not dirty or a total dive, I'm cool with whatever theme. Often you will have a small line-up of hungry customers waiting to be seated. Not a place I can go to every week, more like once every 6 months or so, but definitely a place I will come back to when I get a craving for Southern-style BBQ.
Met a couple of pals at Memphis Blues for a late meeting (or rather meating). For years I've tried to be a vegetarian, so this place looked like a dreadful mistake. But the staff knew their stuff, and the food arrived promptly. Pressed by my pals to try the various meats, I started-in with deep reservations. Two minutes later, I was positioning the platter so my friends would eat something other than the pulled pork, which I hoped to save for myself. Lovely stuff. I really enjoyed it, and the delightful rib tips too!. Now I can't wait for our next meeting.
I've eaten in once and had take-away several times. The Elvis Platter is more than enough food for 2 for a few days for about $35! It's always packed, and you have to stand in line awkwardly at the cash register to order, but this is BBQ unlike any I've had outside of Kansas City. It's so tender, so good, and so plentiful. This place reminds you that BBQ is not just meat grilled with sauce, but a slow smoking process you just can't get at home. Good beer and wine too!
Most definitely the food here is a good deal. I just don't like the line ups when you're not early enough or having to order your food from the kitchen and then sitting down.
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 roommate is a complete meat freak, so when we moved into the neighborhood it was the first real resteraunt we went to.
The service was fairly average, nothing bad but not much to rave about since they were behind a counter. It was pretty busy, but we called ahead and when we got there five minutes later, everything was ready to go.
The ribs she got were mediocre; nothing exceptional for the hype or the price. The beef brisket sandwich, however, was delicious. It's simple and yet so good. Personally, I love the beans and slaw and would order them on their own if they weren't so expensive.
The food is really good, but a little pricey for what it is.