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Payne's Bar-B-Que

#76 of 1,218 Restaurants in Memphis
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
+1 901-272-1523
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11:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Boston
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Skeptika
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank ref095
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 

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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 

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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 

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Thank Sojourners4
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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 

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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.

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carrollton TX, United States
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85 reviews
72 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 

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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
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?