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The Bar-B-Q Shop

#32 of 1,199 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
+1 901-272-1277
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know you probably haven't been but you're so wrong for not going! The Q is amazing and sauces are the best! Seriously check this place out and it'll be your new favorite!

Thank PharmMac76
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Award really??? We waited an hour for our food. When it finally came my ribs tasted sour and dry. Cole slaw was swimming in liquid and the brisket was cold. Won't be back.

Thank EllenAbi
Lorain, Ohio
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were told by many locals theat this was THE place to go...the ribs were so so, not bad not great...the beans were good, the texas toast was soggy, the bbq spaghetti was unusual, I liked it...the service was not good for the three tables that were occupied..maybe my expectations were too high.

Thank 00Paula4212
Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

no, really. The bbq is great, beans r sweet and delicious and i do not know what they do to those fries, but they taste like fresh doughnuts. But the potato salad is the bomb.

Thank EvaAndrey
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mama always said if you can't say something nice then don't say anything at all. For me it's all about the ribs: however the BBQ Bologna caught my attention and we had ribs Positives Service was good Cole slaw was great Greens were good Negatives Ribs were average Would try it again for pulled pork

Thank Walter L
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second time stopping by the Bar-B-Q-Shop. I love their Barbecue Spaghetti! I highly recommend trying it! Their pulled pork is very good! Love the mild BBQ sauce! I will return !

Thank danamarie31
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great meal here. Our family ordered several different things from the menu and they were all good. The waitress was wonderful and the location is pretty cool. There is parking behind/beside the building which is great for trying to eat in the city.

Thank GypsyHeart102
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I have been going to the Bar-B-Q Shop (including under its long-ago name, Brady and Lil's) since 1983. It is the thing I miss most about Memphis. I am addicted to the pulled-pork sandwich (which is what Memphians mean when they say "barbecue" with no modifiers), which has great meat, sauce, and cole slaw on bun or Texas toast. It... More 

Thank Kenny T
Knoxville, Tennessee
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111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We lived in Memphis for 7 years and love Memphis barbecue. This spot in midtown has some seriously good barbecue. We all had the pulled pork sandwiches with slaw (on the sandwich) with sides of potato salad, baked beans, and onion rings. Everything was very good, although the beans were a little sweet for my tastes. Our server was friendly... More 

Thank Kathy R
Collierville, Tennessee
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I recently had lunch at the BBQ Shop and the meal was good but nothing out of the ordinary for Memphis BBQ. I had a pork sandwich, BBQ spaghetti, and a drink for $14.50. The sandwich was very good. The BBQ spaghetti is a specialty and I found it tasty but pretty greasy. If not for that, I would have... More 

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-2642
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-1277

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