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Tops Bar-B-Q

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1286 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3414
+1 901-725-7527
08:30 - 23:45
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 23:45
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Prahran, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

empty and poor service, already a great start. we got two brisket sandwiches, beans and potato salad. i opened up to sandwich to see more then 50% of it was just fat. the rest of the meat was dry and take like dog food the beans had meat in them and it was also just fat. it was so disgusting... More 

Thank CharlottesWorld
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140 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

You don't have to go anywhere fancy to get good barbecue in Memphis. Tops has been around forever. I remember going when I was little often. Most recently visited the Tops on Union Avenue while my dad was int he hospital. The sandwiches were as good as I remembered. You will have to forgive the ambience and the service is... More 

Thank Jimmy G
Memphis, Tennessee
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Although Top's is not THE best BBQ in Memphis, it IS one of the best and a Memphis staple. Their pork shoulder is really, really good with usually very little fat/gristle in it and the sandwich packs are a fantastic bargain. Only complaint? Never enough sauce or slaw. But, you can buy a bigger slaw and even more sauce. Speaking... More 

Thank moodygirllisa
Gadsden, Alabama
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180 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Loved this place. I can't give a BBQ place 5 stars but 3 is my tops in this category (no pun intended). I'm not a fan of Memphis BBQ. Tops is different and amazing. I'm told I need to try the burger (for which I see awards in their locations). Be brave and ask them gals for back meat. The... More 

Thank JimE782
Landover, Maryland
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My son and I ordered a combo bbq plate of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, beans, nothing tasted like it had been cooked in the bbq pit. The ribs actually tasted old. Wife ordered a turkey burger with cheese and it came out without cheese and was overcooked. We went out another door to avoid being asked how we enjoyed the... More 

1 Thank drbem2
Alexandria, Louisiana
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Will not be eating @ this chain again. Fly flying around your food. Had ask the lady at the counter to clean the table off, then she cleaned it with a dirty rag. The food was not tasty. I ordered the Sampler platter, 2 ribs/ and scrapes for the beef.

Thank BUFFYG2311
Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

They refer to Tops as the Krystals of BBQ but that moniker does not do it justice. We ate and had the chopped pork sandwich and beans and fries and all of it was very good and extremely reasonable in price.

Thank slayers911
Apollo Beach, Florida
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Great place for hamburgers or bar-b-q. This location has been here for many, many years. They know how to cook it at this location. Great food, service and the smell of bar-b-q.

Thank george b
Arnold, Missouri
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

In Memphis on business again and decided to try Tops on a recommendation of a local. It was OK only. The Bar B Q beans were pretty good as was the cole slaw. I had the Briskit plate. The meat, what there was of it was rather dry and I got no hint of smoke at all. It was OK... More 

Thank 57MoTraveler
Olive Branch, Mississippi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I love brisket. A friend told me to try Top's on Poplar,so I did. What I got was a brisket dinner platter. It was the worst meal I've ever had eating out anywhere. The brisket consider of three very small pieces supposed to be brisket. It was tough as leather, dry as a bone with no taste. the french fries... More 

1 Thank Michael S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1286 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3414
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-725-7527

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?