Payne's Bar-B-Que is a long-time classic go-to place for Memphis BBQ, and yet somehow -even though we are life-long Memphians- we had never been there. We remedied that recently and are sorry it took us so long. In fact, The Younger Son says his BBQ sandwich was second only to that offered by BB King's on Beale Street, which is high praise indeed.
I had trouble getting a photo of the interior without people in it, but this one shows how you can turn an old gas station into a restaurant and end up with a fine space:
This is BBQ Nation's trip to Payne's:
This is a short (1-minute) on-site interview by a local newspaper reporter with the owner:
Serious Eats says it "serves some of the best pork barbecue in Memphis, if not the country." Southern Living calls it one of the best BBQ joints in the South. RoadFood says it's "worth the trip". Trip Advisor gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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