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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#79 of 1,211 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
+1 901-272-1523
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Stopped in here for lunch after touring Graceland, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved this place. Payne's BBQ is an old gas station that has been converted into a awesome restaurant. Everything is served on paper plates, it's not fancy, but the food is fantastic! They've been featured on Food Network for a reason. I order the... More 

1 Thank WarrenMoonjr
Charleston, South Carolina
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I've been to a lot of restaurants, but if I had to pick one for final meal it would be Paynes. The building doesn't look like much (converted gas station), but don't let that scare you off. I've been to nearly every BBQ place in Memphis and Paynes is my favorite. The sliced pork sandwich with hot sauce is the... More 

Thank ncsugrad2000
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Ribs were just perfect--tender, moist inside, crispy outside, really flavorful. The Ribs were drizzled on top with the tangy sauce, rather than being drowned in it, so you could still taste the meat. Beans were a tad over cooked, but perfectly seasoned, & the dollop of tender pulled pork on top was nice. The slaw was strange-extra saucy & very... More 

Thank Sojourners4
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

After our Memphis BBQ disaster at Rendezvous we were afraid to try again but my wife demanded a Tennessee pulled pork sandwich. Payne's was a great find and she said this was among the best pulled pork sandwiches she has had. I played it safe with the sausage and it was excellent and very tasty. Expect the most friendly people... More 

Thank G6T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Biggest & one of the best BBQ sandwich in Memphis. I love the slaw & sauce. Have eat there many times over the years.

Thank Ken F
carrollton TX, United States
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83 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Their BBQ sandwich is wonderful, as is their smoked sausage. But they put WAY-WAY too much slaw, which is sweet and mustardy, on everything. It's not that the slaw is horrid, just used too liberally for my taste. I would recommend the place but get an order of slaw on the side and ask not to have it put on... More 

Thank Michael D
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

I walked in a few months ago, ready to eat and was told they only take cash. I very rarely carry cash on me so I left. someday I may go again if I have cash on me.

Thank Rocky M
Dallas, Texas
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166 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I stopped into Payne's BBQ in Memphis as I was passing through the other day. To some, the neighborhood and even the building aren't anything special but don't judge a book by its cover. This place is awesome. Chopped pork sandwich with a mustard based cole slaw ..... Pure Heaven! Don't miss out!!

Thank tahass
Geelong, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

The pulled pork and slaw burger is hands down the best burger I have ever eaten. It's genuine Memphis bbq! Worth the ten minute trip from Beale Street. You will be thinking of the food long after your meal!

Thank Kelly H
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Great BBQ pork sandwich. A mustard based slaw was unusual but tasty. Unique location and not easy to find but well worth the visit .

Thank Michael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-1523

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?