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I was impressed and pleased with the taste of my ribs which were tender and tasted great. I would strongly reccomend this place to any tourist.



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A Memphis Must

Excellent fall off the bone ribs in an interesting setting. My wife likes her ribs dry and she loved them as well. The sides are good, especially the beans. I'm not a cole slaw fan so was not impressed with the slaw. The chili was also excellent. The place has 2 dining areas and 2 bars, one with music. We ate in the bar with entertainment and loved it. I have been here at least 5 times over a period of time and it is always excellent.



Great Chili

I am not a chili fan at all, but I'll always try anything. Since this place claimed it was their specialty, I thought I'd give it a try along with their tamales. Now, the tamales were good, but not really my thing. I think I'm just too used to homemade mexican tamales to appreciate these southern ones. The chili, however, was out of this world! The ambiance of this restaurant was very hip, relaxed, and industrial looking. The service was very friendly. The prices were reasonable as well. Worth checking out!



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Good food in the heart of Beale

This was our first stop when we rolled into Memphis in the middle of the night. We read that this was Bill Clinton's favorite place to eat in Memphis. We were greeted with a friendly, ""Sit anywhere you want!"" and were immediately happy with the authentic ""dirty South"" atmosphere. At first we were dismayed by the limited menu, but we came to discover over the weekend that this is common in Memphis -- places tend to do a few things very, very well, opting for quality over quantity. I ordered the chicken breast plate, which consisted of friend chicken strips with honey mustard and steak fries. It was absolutely delicious -- best honey mustard I've ever had. The beer selection was pretty good. Our waiter was wonderful, friendly but not overbearing. Best of all, we could watch the goings-on on Beale Street while we ate and drank. I liked this place -- felt like home.



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best barbecue

best barbecue with all the fixins ... this is a must stop if you're traveling through Memphis ... or staying on. With their long hours, me and the family always go for a memorable meal, whatever the time. Welcome is great -- good folks, too.



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Succulent ribs, beautifully spiced. A great honky-tonk, and it's open late.

Succulent ribs, the meat tender and beautifully spiced. I did not find them as saucy as others said. Don't bother with an appetizer - you'll be stuffed with the ribs and other entrees looked even larger. A great spot - just avoid Sundays; they are off their game on an off night. On a Sunday visit, the ribs and beans arrived cold with blazing hot fries. That was fixed fast enough, and the warm ribs were comfort food that few can match. The sauce is fabulous too. It's great that it's open late, and they are very welcoming if you are on your own. Enjoy!



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Best ribs, skillet shrimp

This is a very popular place, with good reason. Highly recommended: Ribs, skillet shrimp, seafood gumbo, catfish. Not recommended: Beef stew, marinated salad, crab au gratin. If you are alone or with one other person, they will steer you to the bar to eat to keep the dining room tables free for larger groups, so expect it to happen when they're busy. Best time to go is late afternoon/very early evening. Great service whether you're in the dining room or the bar. These are VERY friendly people. A bit pricey, but the location is high-rent. One more thing: Their beef stew?


PLEASE don't.



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The first time I went to this place I had the ribs wet and they were so tender I could cut the meat with a fork....Wonderful stuff...and the catfish is SOOO much better!! Highly recommend this place, but it is a little pricey so take money.



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Having been a chef for over 30 yrs, and sampled a wide variety of ribs and bbq in the greater Memphis area, I have found the ribs at Blue's City Cafe to be, by far, the best ribs in thec city of Memphis ... wet or dry they are tender, moist, flavorful, as well as plentiful.

These ribs are far superior to those of the establishments that have been promoted and hyped, that never seem to live up to their reputations.



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My husband and I were there last month (May) and had a terrific time at the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. The place looked like it did many moons ago and I know when we return to Memphis we will also return to Blues City Cafe.

Hope they never change the atmosphere of the place.



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I'll be BACK!

Was there in April. First time and it was so very good. I have never been a rib person until my experience with this place and what fun to watch the chefs as you wait. Go early eve! Can be extremely busy after dark. I have tried ribs often since here at home but NONE have even come close in comparison. Will definetly be my first stop when I'm back in town!



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Your choices

First and foremost, The Big Thing in Memphis are the Bar-B-Q Ribs!! Every Cafe in Memphis claims to have the best ""Wet"" and/or ""Dry"" Ribs. They will lure you in; but, be ready to PAY!! $$20.00 which includes a very small portion of Coleslaw, Pork-N-Beans, and a slab of Pork. Is it worth? Hmm..If you like Ribs.. Go ahead and try it. Now ""Dry Ribs"" is a Memphis Thing. I didnt like the taste. I like Sauce on my RIBS. But, the best value in the Fried Catfish. FYI..It's located directly across from BB King's Cafe



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Best BBQ ever!

We went in here without knowing what a gem we'd found. I had to buy a bottle of their BBQ sauce and now wish I'd bought a case -- and that was a week ago! The next time we go to Memphis we are making a bee-line to the Blue City Cafe.



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This is one of the best barbecue places in the USA. We lived in Memphis for 2 years and have traveled all around and go back everytime we go to Memphis. I highly recommend this place.


Phone: (901) 526-3637

Address: 138 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103


More Info

General Info
Blues City's world famous menu has drawn attention of presidents and celebrities alike. Check out the best food on Beale with live music nightly in our world famous Band Box.Blues City's world famous menu has drawn attention of presidents and celebrities alike. Check out the best food on Beale with live music nightly in our world famous Band Box.
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Extra Phones

Phone: (901) 526-6931

Fax: (901) 526-6931

Payment method
discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex
Price Range
Downtown Memphis, Downtown Medical Center
Other Information

Bike Parking: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Barbecue, Seafood

Wi-Fi: No

Parking: Street

Alcohol: Full Bar

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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