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Memphis Blues Barbeque House

1342 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3X6
Tel: (604) 215-2599
Fax: (604) 215-2565
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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OK Bar-B-Q food
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

Went here with my wife and friend yesterday. We ordered the Elvis Platter for the three of us. Yes, I know it was a bit too much for the 3 of us but our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. The pulled pork, brisket, ham, sausage, beans and potatoe salad were very good. They had a lot of flavour and was very moist. The roasted chicken, ribs, cornbread and coleslaw was not so good. The roasted chicken (or at least my half) was very dry and flavourless, the ribs were like leather, dry and tough. I believe that they let it sit in the oven too long or under the heat lamp. just to keep it warm The cornbread was barely edible. The coleslaw was just ok, I could only take a bite before I had to pass on it for something else. Overall it was ok, nothing to rave about. Maybe I was here on a off day, but i might give it a try again in the future.

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Better than Broadway location.
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I went here with three friends, less than the other time. I had a better and enjoyable dinner this time. I do come here for lunch sometime as work is very close for me.

Food: same as the other Memphis Blues. Better as there were less people and more food.

Service: The service here is much different. There wasn't a server when we came and we had to pay for our food before we even consumed it. The speed of preparing the order was the same as the Broadway location

Ambiance: There are MORE tables and MORE room. There wasn't a line up outside to be seated and we were seated in a few minutes.

I definately WILL return to this locations as it much better as in you don't have to sit so close to your neighbour.

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Is that all there is ???
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

I took my wife to MB because we saw a review on TV. We started at the Broadway location, but the line was huge, so we drove to Commercial. Got seated right away. The staff were super, and the food was instantly ready. Unfortunately, my beef rib was WAY too long on the steam table before it got to me. The brisket was better. Alas, the "fixin's" that came with the meal were a huge disappointment. Like KFC sides from the 70's era. Even the BBQ sauce was nasty, and not in a good way. It was also crazy expensive for the level of food and the fact it was served on paper. Beer was pricey too. I really miss Fatso's in Kits. That place was groovy.

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Good BBQ Meat - but the sides need improvement
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I have been to this location of Memphis Blues and the Broadway Location. I have decided that I generally like to do take out at Memphis because I like the ambiance of my own home as much as the restaurant and since it is self serve anyway - what's the point of dining in LOL!

Anyways - onto my review.

I went in to get a Memphis Platter (just shy of $40). It includes pulled pork, ribs, brisket, sausage and a 1/2 cornish game hen. It comes with fries, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and corn bread.

The my order was put together very quickly (the meat is all pre-BBQ'd so it was just a matter of cutting and putting it into containers, same with the sides). I like the quickness of it as I can be out and on my way.

It was packaged well with the meat in an aluminum container and the sides in a separate bag and individually packed. It all transported home easily.

The meat was good. It is a little on the greasy side - but I enjoy the flavour. The sides are lacking though. The cole slaw is so so (I prefer White Spot style cole slaw which is crunchier and nicer flavour). The potato salad is meh (it is mushy). The beans are good - but they taste a little too much like the BBQ sauce (which is packed on the side as well). The best side is the cornbread. However - they only gave us three teeny tiny pieces of cornbread. Huh?? This platter was suppose to feed four people. Why would there be only THREE pieces of cornbread (and mini pieces at that)?

I would go again if they would be willing to give me this platter with only cornbread as the side (and I mean FOUR x 5 = 20 pieces of cornbread) to provide the cornbread as included and substitute for the other sides.

The next time I visit - I will make this request. I'll update my review then.

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What, I have to serve myself?
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

I've only been here once, and it was a couple of years ago.

We ordered their second largest platter. At the time I found the food quite good. That's because I really love this style of food and it isn't that common around this city. Since our visit we've bought a slower cooker and I'd say we make tastier stuff than what we ate so now that I am spoiled I might knock the food down to 3 stars.

What kills this place for me is the service. Yeah you have to get it yourself. I really hate that and that pretty much rules us ever going back. Not that we don't want to, but when the wife and I are in the car heading out to eat, we always think of this place and ask each other if they want to be the one to go order the food, and we're like no, lets just go to earls. We are lazy and shy people and I expect to be served. We're just one step away from cooking it, and slow cooking is pretty damn easy so may as well do it at home. If they changed to having real service I'd go all the time. You could interpret their promised service as actually being pretty good that day as they did have some kind of person running around and she was friendly but I'll choose to say the non service is an issue in the hopes they change.

Ambience is pretty good as I like blues and the casual atmosphere.

If they had servers I'd give it a 4 overall but they don't so they get a 3.

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This isn't fine dining - it's bbq!
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

Having been on the hunt for good bbq in Vancouver and not finding any, we decided to go here to pacify our craving. We'll hit this spot a couple times a year. So you have to walk up to the counter to order, it'll help burn off a few of the thousand calories you'll consume. We were greeted by the waitress and she brought out the food for us when it was ready. It was all very efficient service.

This time around we ordered 1/2 rack of ribs and sliced brisket. Having recently had good bbq in the states, we were a bit disappointed. The ribs were ok, some pieces were quite dry and others had a lot of fat. The bbq sauce was the saving grace. The brisket was juicier, but still somewhat stringy. With the meat we got beans, coleslaw, potato salad and corn bread. They were all just ok, but the most disappointing was the cornbread. It's a small triangle of dense bread which was really bland. We like our cornbread sweeter...or even just with some taste to it would've been fine.

For a city seriously lacking in good bbq, this will have to do for now.

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When You're Lacking Protein...
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

This place is more of a take-out joint with some house seating than an actual dine-in restaurant, so the service is somewhat lacking - it's almost self serve.

Having said that, the food is solid and if you get one of the combo platters, there is LOTS of food. Quality-wise, it's just solid - nothing stellar, but nothing to cry about either. I don't know of many BBQ places in the GRVD, so whenever I want me BBQ fix (of whenever I just feel like pigging out), I more often than not come to Memphis Blues.

Pretty much everything on the menu is meat, so "BE WARNED" as one of my buddies has been quoted saying.

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Got those dry meat Blues
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 11:12am [Dine in]

I had been to the Memphis Blues BBQ House on West Broadway a couple of years ago and remember that it was very good so on my suggestion me and three friends decided to try Memphis Blues On Commercial yesterday for lunch. It was just after 2pm, beautiful sunny day , found a spot outside on one of two picnic tables that they have , so far so good until the food came. We ordered the BBQ Meat Platter which for $35.00 is huge and more than enough for four. Problem is there is more moisture in the sands of the Mojave Desert in mid-August than found on that platter. Everything, save for the pulled pork which was covered in BBQ Sauce was dry. The ribs were so dry they could of been mistaken for jerky. The chicken had to be choked down with my glass of beer and the fries were simply crunchy and dry. As mentioned we sat down for lunch after 2pm on a Saturday, was everything in the oven or on the warming racks since noon, yesterday? A big disappointment in Memphis Blues. Seems like it may be a case of quantity over quality, sure you get a ton of food but if you can't eat half of it what is the point.
We shared a pitcher of beer, for 17.00 not bad however one of my friends decided to have a glass of their house red wine. At almost $9.00 for this glass and not even a proper wine glass , we all had a look of disbelief when he told us how much it cost. What is that all about? I still think the guy made a mistake at the till regardless we won't be rushing back to this Memphis Blues anytime soon to find out if he was overcharged. At this point I am still trying to wash down a chicken leg.

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Portion control
By Norman of Vancouver East (75 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

I don't like getting "sides" in little mini-cupettes, thank you. If it's a side, make it a side. The prices justify it. I would say something about the so-called wine served there, but I don't want to get a slander suit. Let's just say some of it is suspiciously (hint, hint) like homebrew.

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Tasty BBQ, Great Value
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 5, 2008 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place last Monday with a few friends. I didn't realize it was an "order at the counter" experience! I would compare it to a fancier McDonald's which serves Southern BBQ.

Food - I tried the pulled pork and it was great. The accompanied fries, cornbread and fixings were equally as tasty. Excellent value for money, clearly because the service is limited and you're basically given your order directly from the cook! Their brand of colas, ginger ale and soft-drinks also deserve a mention... not sure what it was, but it came in a classic glass bottle and was mighty tasty!

I'm pleased with my experience and would visit this place again. I would recommend this restaurant if you're in the mood for BBQ at a good value.

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BBQ orgy
By tasteeDlite of kitsilano,vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

I have been to this place a few times now, each time I have been consistently pleased by the high quality of the BBQ. Excellent slow-roasted flavour. The ribs and pulled pork are delicious and the latter is particularly tender. The sides are also surprisingly good; the fries are coated with some blend of spices and salt that is finger licking good, coleslaw is fresh, baked beans melt in your mouth. The servings are a decent size, especially if you get a platter, make sure there are a number of friends to share with. So much meat it makes your head spin! Service is decent. Not much in the way of ambiance, but who cares when the food is this good and inexpensive.

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My kind of food
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

I like Southern BBQ food. Since it is one of the few places in Vancouver that offers this type of food, I love it here. Friends from Tennessee say it isn't done right, the BBQ sauce isn't sweet. Well, it works for me. Meaty, greasy, messy, and flavorful.

I didn't care for the slaw, not enough flavor there.

I like the decor, but the service isn't there. Don't expect much, never saw a smile. Definitely not fine dining.

The price is good for the sandwiches. I don't agree with the price for other items on the menu.

Come here if you like southern food, but never been down south, apparently.

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Get messy and Get in there
By danielledasilva of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 4:55pm [Take-out]

This place is the best BBQ available in Vancouver! Perfectly seasoned, slow cooked BBQ that truly is well worth it. The prices are good, but the food is better. Now BBQ is a controversial topic, but if you only care about well prepared food - this is the place for you!

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Southern Barbeque
By blairmartin92 of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

Went to Memphis Blues with some friends and ordered the Elvis Platter and it delivered. Great way to try out the various cuts of Southern barbeque cookery. From brisket to ribs it had it all. They have a unique system where you order at the counter and bring it all out when it is ready; it was very fast and efficient. Great value, atmosphere and means to test out southern barbeque. Just a warning that it probably isn't the spot to be if you're seeking vegetables, but I think most would have already figured that out.

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Mediocre Meat
By jellybean of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 12:43am [Dine in]

We went there last night, a Saturday night a little past 6:00pm and the small restaurant was full. There was about a 20 minute wait for a seat. It was a very uncomfortable wait as there is not much space at the entrance to stand and it felt very stuffy inside the restaurant due to lack of ventilation. We lined up to order the food like a fast food restaurant. I had a lemonade in which the cashier gives you a cup and you help yourself at the fridge where they store their other canned and bottled pops and juices. The lemonade is supposedly fresh, and it did taste okay. You're allowed one free refill. From the time we arrived there until we put food in our mouths was about over an hour. We were starving by then. I had a small pulled pork sandwich which was quite tasty but only with BBQ sauce on it. My partner had the full rack of ribs which turned out to be just okay. The meat was dry,flavourless and didn't quite fall of the bone as nice, quality ribs should. I don't think we'll be returning to this location.

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Very dry ribs
By billdauterive604 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

A regular take-out joint during game nights, the quality of food has been inconsistent. The ribs were extremely dried and looked like they've been sitting in the oven for the last 24 hours. If I weren't so hungry, I wouldn't have bothered eating the underbelly of the ribs where the meat was a bit more moist. The pulled pork platter was good. The meat salads were consisted of a scoop of meat and iceberg lettuce yanked out of a giant 40L barrel. Everything ended up tasting like bbq sauce towards the end of the meal, as usual.

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It varies....
By deniz of richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I love Memphis Blues. I love the food, decor, music and the whole idea. What I dont like about the place is the consistency. It doesn't exist. If the owners are around the food is more decent. I have no doubt that their bbq is succulent when it is out of the smoker fresh. I guess then they start reheating them for service (and quite possibly numerous times) and that's where they loose it everything goes dry and painful. I had wonderful and terrible experiences on different visits. If there was a consistent competition I am sure they would have lost it big time.

Last time my brisket sandwich was so dry, I nearly choked on it. Try not to order the daily specials, they always turns out to be the worst. Anyway I will go back until a similar restaurant appears on the scene.

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A+
By crognon of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 22, 2007 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

Who wants to go to BBQ joint where you WOULD take your mom to? I LOVE this place. Servers at the bar are always fresh and relaxed, so what if you gotta get up yourself to *gasp* grab your plate of ribs. Portions are generous and even the sides are delicious. The meat has always been tender, smokey and the perfect temperature. The catfish is amazing, and the corn bread is to die for. Location and music are also great. If you're hungry for some tasty meat and a good cold beer this is the place.

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Good Q
By BBQ_Nick of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 10, 2007 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Reading some of the reviews below I don't understand the description "Tastless" Umm you mean if you put some food in your mouth and you put some water in your mouth they'd taste the same? I digress.. Memphis Blues is THE standard for BBQ in this City.. The Brisket is incredible and the Ribs are really good.. I'm not a huge fan of the sides but the Cornbread is really good.. Lets face it though I'm not going for the beans or Slaw I'm going for the meat.. It's usually a little greasy but guess what.. it's freakin BBQ people.. if it ain't greasy then it'd be dry.. The only thing keeping Memphis from being truly exceptional is the sauce.. TOO heavy on the Molasses as one reviewer said, and the Ribs are ST. Louis cut side ribs.. Give me Baby Backs! I will continue to go back though.. as this is the only place in town that can do BBQ better than I can at home.. Probably has something to do with that $$$$ commercial smoker you guys have..

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Not bad
By frank_ie5 of East Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I heard about this place through a friend and on the morning news, so I thought i'd give it a try. There's no waiter for the price you have to pay, which kind of sucks. The food is ok, but the prices are too high (in my opinion). I will go back again, 'cuse the sandwich i did have was good, but next time i'll ask for extra sauce.

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