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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#71 of 1,224 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've lived in Memphis for several years, I have had most pulled pork sandwiches offered across the city and this is the best one in my opinion. The pork is chopped in from of you by Miss Payne herself, the coleslaw is different here, mustard base and is excellent combined with the pork in bbq sauce. The smoked sausage is... More 

Thank Antoni P
Jabbeke, Belgium
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394 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch at this place on May 19th. There is parking in front of the place. I do not know if you can call it a restaurant. It is more a big kitchen with a room to sit. There are a lot of people that enter to order to go. The menu is on the wall. We had a... More 

Thank AmarilisVos
Memphis, Tennessee
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Memphis is well known for it's BBQ. You can get many different varieties and style in the city. If you want Great no frills food this would be a great place to try. People seem to come from near and far to get a taste of this somewhat unique flavor. If you just want BBQ you can go anywhere, however... More 

Thank Alvin S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

:Ambience: the ultimate hole in the wall, in what can most charitably be described as a depressed neighborhood. The kitchen resembles something out of the deep, rural South in the 1950's, but what comes out of it is a chopped pork sandwich served on a bun with cole slaw heavy on the mustard. I had the jumbo version, complete with... More 

1 Thank jetsly
San Diego, California
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124 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at Payne's on our way out of town because I had been told by many that it was some of the best BBQ in Memphis. This little dive outside of downtown was filled with BBQ smoke when we arrived and I left smelling like Memphis BBQ when I got on the airplane (so awesome). The building appears to... More 

Thank jennlovesfood
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place was pretty smokey the day we went, but that didn't stop us from enjoying a half rack of ribs and a jumbo (really just large) chopped pork BBQ sandwich. FYI the medium hot BBQ sauce was mild and sweet, and the hot had a bit of a kick, but not much. The mustard based coleslaw wasexcellent, and if... More 

Thank Skeptika
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I saw Paynes BBQ on the TV show "This is Us" and had to visit. This by far is the best BBQ I have ever had. On my visits to Memphis I have eaten at some of the known BBQ spots the city has to offer. This by far has been the best. I had the chopped pork and beef... More 

1 Thank dbarnett0069
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I saw Payne's BBQ on the TV show "This is Us" and had to visit. This by far is the best BBQ I have ever had. On my visits to Memphis I have eaten at some of the best spots the city has to offer. I had two sandwiches. The chopped beef and pork. The sauce was delicious, pieces of... More 

Thank ref095
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank WarrenMoonjr
Charleston, South Carolina
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank ncsugrad2000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?