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Payne's Bar-B-Que

1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
+1 901-272-1523
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will not find a less curb-friendly barbecue place in Memphis, or at least, not one you want to visit. It doesn't look like much, a plain cinderblock building with a few signs. There are only two that matter, the big one up top. PAYNE'S,...More

Thank Cotty C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little hole in the wall BBQ joint. No frills in decor but it’s clean, the staff is friendly and the BBQ is super tasty. The chopped pork is the best. There are also kid friendly options like hot dogs.

Thank TheTravelerSees
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Ribs were great. Beans were really good. I never had mustard slaw before. It was good too. It was an old garage, but the ribs were good.

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Recommended by a native Memphian. Quite an experience of Memphis style bbq in this old garage with bullet impact in the front window, remodeled with smoker inside. Got the ribs. Nice little burnt pieces enhance the texture. Nice smoke and vinegar based sauce. Beans made...More

Thank Frenchhoosier
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Enjoyed my Memphis BBQ pulled prok dish, no frills, just good solid food. Excellent coleslaw and beans as sides, big portion. Basic restaurant, many locals but friendly to visitors!

Thank TGSA
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The place is a dive! But the chopped pork sandwich is soooo tasty! The price is reasonable and the service was friendly! A great stop after visiting Graceland, perhaps?

Thank Wolveslad
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Had our Uber driver take us to Payne's after Graceland and on our way to Beale Street. This was the real deal. It's a converted three-bay garage with a kitchen. They chop the pork to order. We got the jumbo platter - it was an...More

Thank GJC1
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

I first ate at Payne's in 1977 when Horton Payne was running the pit and his wife and kids were up front. This is ethereal barbecue, truly close to the roots, and very special in each of the critical elements. Payne's is not a touristy...More

Thank Texzilla H
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Have Been to several places in Memphis but Payne's has the best pulled pork sandwich . They give you a choice of hot sauce and this addition and a type of mustard base Coleslaw make it the best. Eat it with a for as messy....More

Thank djembetycoon
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Amazing chopped pork sandwich. Quality service. Clean kitchen and dining area. Treats you like family. Loved the sauce and the way the meat was tinder. Great all around. Would definitely eat there in the future and recommend it to anyone!👏👏

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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