Memphis Blues Barbeque house features southern comfort food including melt-in-your-mouth ribs. There are several other locations in the Lower Mainland.
We ordered the Memphis Feast platter for $44.00, one lemonade and a water. Wow this place is expensive for what you get. Don't get me wrong, it IS a big platter, however the quality of the food is not. I really, really did not enjoy eating ANY of this and ended up getting a slice of pizza on the drive. I will say though my boyfriend loved it, maybe we have different tastes and expectations of food. I found all the meat tasted really old and it grossed me out. It had a 'frost'-bitten taste or something, just it wasn't right. You order at the till, which is fine but then they expect you to tip. Which I'm not cheap so I gave $5 bucks, thinking that at least the server walking around doing nothing would grab refills, ask how your doing, how the food is or if you needed to take anything to go...NOPE she just directs you to grab your own stuff...literally, we asked for my lemonade to be refilled and our water, she said, " you can get it yourself from the front". Later we asked if we could get the platter wrapped up to go, she said, "you can do it yourself, the boxes are at the front". It took us 10min, we wrapped up everything but needed a bag to it all in, we asked for one...you can guess what her answer was. We felt rushed too while packing as people were standing right beside our table staring at us waiting to sit. Then the server came over and was like "are you guys finished?" and started wiping the table. We couldn't even let the food digest. What a waste of any tip!
We've gone to Memphis on Broadway and Commercial a lot - way more than 10 times - and we can't understand why the portions and level of moisture is inconsistent. My husband thinks the ribs and pulled pork are the best in town. On a visit this past Thursday with another 3rd carnivore friend, we ordered the usual Memphis feast. The cornish hen was very moist and delicious but what happened to the price and portions. Price went up and portion were less than past visits. The staff has always been pretty friendly for a self service restaurant style. This location is more spacious and brighter than the Broadway one. We'll back for another feast but probably the visits will be fewer.
This place is great, we were greated by a lady as soon as we walked in. It is a little bit of a take out/self serve place rather than a full on dining experience (sometime like a Nando's). The food was amazing, I didnt know you get BBQ like that in Vancouver. The had the brisket and it was amazing! The fixens were great too. They even have authentic Southern pop and drinks as well. I have been going here for a long time and will keep coming back.
This is the second time here both times my meat was cold. I had a half BBQ chicken. It was cold, but other than that okay, just okay. The coleslaw was probably the worst I have ever had. Considering the meal was $12 before my beer and there is only counter service in a nutshell it lacked on almost every aspect. The BBQ sauce was pretty good though!
My girlfriend and I took a drive down Commercial and found this BBQ place. We've heard good things about Memphis Blues so we decided to give it a try. We walked in and it looks like the set of The Dukes of Hazzard. It looked just like what you'd expect from a place called a BBQ house. The smell was mouth watering. You go up to the counter and order and pay as you would at McDonalds. Then you go find a seat and the guy behind the counter brings you the delicious meat. We ordered a sampler meat platter that contained BBQ'd Chicken, Bibs, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Sausage and sides of beans, fries, coleslaw, potato salad, and corn bread. The best things that stick out in my mind was the pulled pork, and brisket which was my favorite. Everything else tasted great too, but if you only choose one item pick the brisket. The platter was huge and looked like it was for a group of six for approx. $40. Great value and I felt meated out and had lunch for the next day. We had a great experience and will definitely be back when we're feeling carnivorous!
The food quality is mixed. Locals who claim to like this must never have travelled much. The ribs were tasteless and certainly not fall off the bone. The beef was tender, moist and tasty. The chicken was dry and bland. The pulled pork was so dry and stringy it looked like an old birdsnest. The french fries were hard little sticks. The sauce and coleslslaw were good. The potato salad was much worse than safeway potato salad!! Maybe it was old but you couldn't get it off the fork. AWFUL. The price is too high for what you get. The service is none existent. The girl at the cash was very rude. Amazing in this economy. The owners are clearly absent.
Why, why, why does this restaurant not have table service? I feel like I'm eating in a cafeteria - having to get my own food, utensils, water, etc. For the amount of money that you are paying, you would think that they could afford a few waitresses on the floor and actually provide table service.
After a few more grumbles about the self-serve issue, my friends and I sat ourselves down after ordering their "Elvis Platter" - a sampling of all their BBQ meats.
I can see why people don't rate this BBQ place very high. The meat was not very good. Although you can tell that the meat is smoked, it's the final product that doesn't deliver. The meats were dry and the BBQ sauce was ... hmmm ... shall I just plainly say, "not good". My friends and I are making our way through all the BBQ joints in the city and we would not recommend this restaurant (at least not this location). We'll have to try their other 2 locations to see if the consensus is the same for the others.
I would not take my mom here.
I can honestly say that the food was okay but the service was something else. Yes, it was a Friday night and they had a large party so we understand that it was busy but still it was really shocking to see how they treat customers. We had to wait over an hour for table because of poor table planning. To make amends for the wait, the hostess handed out coupons for free appetizer. But low and behold, when we wanted to use the coupon, we were told that the coupon was only valid for the Broadway location. Instead of giving this location our business we were suppose to drive all the way to their smaller Broadway location and basically line up again. The coupon by the way was as clear as mud. It read "free appetizer" but somehow the obscure arrow explained that we were suppose to drive all the way to Broadway to use it. That's not all, the hostess made one group of diners move to another table in the middle of their meal to accomodate a large party then she approached them again and basically hurried them out because of the long line up. The nerve!
It's super. What can I say? Best barbecue in town and I know that means a lot of competition from other places, but I love it. Great food at a very reasonable price given the quantity you get. It's a heart-stopper special but if we can't chow down on some meat now and then, life isn't worth living. Highly recommended for takeout - the place is often too busy!
Memphis Blues is a place you go if you want to consume vast quantaties of meat and care not for your waistline. If the platter says it feeds 4, it will feed at least 6.
Food: This kind of BBQ is not common around here, which is probably why I'd rate it higher than perhaps I should. I loved the pulled pork and was satisfied by everything else. Yes, the food is exceptionally fattening and greasy, but that's why you go in the first place!
Service: What service? It's a self-serve place where you pick up your own order and are basically on your own. The staff are friendly, but you might be better off taking the food home.
Value: For that much meat and food, it's a very good value. You are almost guaranteed to get plenty of leftovers, and enough calories to last you a year.
Ambiance: Not much ... wooden tables, rolls of paper towels everywhere (you need them). At least the people around Commercial Drive are generally friendly and everyone is simply there to get stuffed.
Overall: Great for a guilt-free glutton.
This was my second visit to this location and I was hoping I was wrong the first time. Gristle, fat, and dry meat (once you get to it) prevail: there's far too much sugar in the beans and BBQ sauce to maintain the balance required for full flavour (any smoky or spicy flavours are completely lost), the collard greens were grey and over cooked, the potato salad contains too much mustard. The pulled pork included one golf ball sized chunk of gristle with pork attached (on both visits). The brisket is good but also dry.
For some reason, the Feast platter claims to serve four, but only comes with three tiny bite-sized pieces of so-so cornbread, and if the sides are to be split between four, each person would be lucky to get three bites each.
As an actual Southerner, I'm not impressed. And I, too, suspect that the ribs are baked. I doubt many of the patrons have been South or ever had true Southern BBQ.
The restaurant is okay - not terribly clean and extremely noisy. The service is predominately self-serve, whether dining in or out - tipping is optional as far as I'm concerned. We chose to take-out this time so that we could actually talk and not feel pressured to hurry during our meal.
It's certainly not worth the $50.
We just ordered the Memphis Feast for takeout. What a collosal waste of money. I ordered at 5:10pm for delivery. Our meal arrived at 5:33pm. Was the food fresh? Nope. It looked and tasted like bad leftovers, having been recooked a few times - obvious in the fact that it took only 23 minutes for them to "cook" and deliver. The only thing good about the meal was the soda - because it wasnt cooked by Memphis. I have never regretted spending $70.00 as much as I did tonight. You would have had a better meal at McDonalds. The potatoes in the potatoe salad were waterlogged. It was like they previously cooked the potatoes, then froze them unti they needed to make a quick salad. Potatoes out of a box that you just add water to, taste a whole lot better.
The coleslaw - lets just say you could get better at KFC. The refried beans were just a mush - also like it was leftovers reheated 10 times. They even failed on the fries. They were so soggy and overly salted - we couldn't eat them. The cornbread was burnt.
Such a difference from when we ordered a couple of years ago. When I read the latest reviews, I thought that since they did such a great job then, that the reviews may not have been truthful. Be forewarned. unless you have no taste buds and a stomache of steel, stay away. I'm going to call them right now to pick up their garbage and ask for my money back.
Whoever their cook is, he should be fired or should go back to doing the dishes.
I have received bad service or bad product before, but this one takes the cake. I have NEVER EVER written a review before. The fact I am writing one reflects how bad this place really was. I hope you take the favor and go anywhere else. I should say though, the lady taking the order over the phone was nice. Thats they only thing good about this place besides the old fashioned pop in glass bottles. If i could rate this a zero star - I would.
After reading some reviews for Memphis Blue, my boyfriend and I went to the commerical st location. We parked a block away and walked to the restaurant. The servers were really nice. I ordered the Combo plate and chose the ribs with the brisket with fries. Fries were delicious, ribs were a bit dry but I LOVED THE BRISKET! it's a must eat when you go there! My boyfriend had the rib ends (delicious) and chicken (kinda dry). Overall I would say the food was alright... portions were huge! and for $45 it was worth it. Definitely go back again... maybe we'll try a new location next time.
After being an avid review follower and reader of Vancouver Magazine, finally thought'd I'd give the place a try. It's just BBQ, how bad could it be? Bad! Bad! Bad! Must admit we were turned off right away by having to step over the food all over the floor just to place our order, but we forge ahead. (Actually had to ask the floor under and beside our table to be swept up so we could put our feet down comfortably). They are written up as having a decent wine list. (????) Seriously? Okay, so we "be a sport" and order 2 glasses of wine, which we have to pick up at the counter (????) and they are in small water/juice glasses. Come on! Can you not stock cheap wine glasses - here's a tip, don't offer wine! I will admit that this was when the husband came back from the till and asked me if I really wanted to stay. (Duly noted for next time - it was a strong recommendation, not a simple inquiry). Again, we decide to just go with it - the food must be fantastic to put up with the rest of the shortcomings. Food is served (Memphis platter), with about 5-6 meats, 4 "fixins", and not one single thing I couldn't cook better at home, with a blindfold on. Wait, wait, make that my 7 year old. Dry, tasteless and dismal at best. The final topper was using the restroom, that is beyond describing, it is so neglected. I am still wondering to this moment how they can pass the Vancouver Health Board inspections, just based on that alone. Gives me a very good insight to the cleanliness of the kitchen. Shame on them.
I love parts of it but hate the others.
Love the brisket, pulled pork and ribs. Good flavour, cooked well.
Hate the chicken,fries and corn bread. Dry chicken and corn bread and limp fries.
I been here lots and now just get what I want and stay away from the other stuff.
The service is a little sparse as you order from a counter.
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.
My main complaint is that I find their BBQ sauce to be entirely too sweet with not enough spice to it. If you like sweet BBQ sauce, then this is won't be an issue. It just doesn't do it for me.
Other than that, I found the beef brisket to be moist, tender, and smokey (everything it should be). The pulled pork was pretty good, but I have had better. I liked the coleslaw and beans too.
You order at the counter, but the employees are really friendly and helpful (even letting me sample some dishes when I wasn't sure what I wanted). You can see them prepare your food since it is an open kitchen, and it looks really clean and well maintained.
It was a nice surprise to see that they have a good selection of hard to find Bourbons, but it would be nice if there were some more choices for beer.
I must say that I like this place, but if they added some different styles of BBQ sauce I would love it.
That's the best way to describe it. Sometimes some pieces are dry and other times not. Very unpredictable. After 4 visits and always ordering the large platters, I will still go back cause I haven't found anything better. Brisket is probably my favorite as it should be. After 20 years in the South and long stints in Seattle and here, I like this place for one reason. They don't think the chili has to be flaming hot like most people in the NW. Good chili can be hot but it's not a prereq. Still looking for a place that puts mesquite and hickory chips to proper use.
Ambiance I gave a 2 but this is bbq not tapas in yaletown. I've got no complaints about the service.
Our first time at a Memphis Blues -- great food, great waiters (even if you do have to serve yourself!). The decor is nothing to write home about, but that's ok! The washrooms could use improving from a wheelchair access standpoint.
The food -- well!! We had a Memphis Feast for 4 of us, and had leftovers for the next 2 days' of snacks! I didn't like everything, but that's my taste not the food's fault. I got the Feast so we'd known what to order next time -- pulled pork for sure, chicken (that's no game hen!), and the ribs.
The prices are reasonable, but the wine prices are outrageous - we'll stick to beer and pop.
We'll go again for sure!
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.