I've been doing some research here on restaurants in preparation for a trip to Memphis, and would like some recent confirmation and suggestions.
There doesn't appear to be total consensus on BBQ places, except that most everyone here seems to like Payne's (either location, for their pulled pork sandwich with slaw) and nobody here seems to like Corky's. There seems to be reasonable positive consensus on:
-Payne's (especially pulled pork sandwich with slaw)
-The BBQ Shop
-Cozy Corner (especially game hens and rib tips)
Rendezvous seems like a crap shoot, with the possibility of the ribs being anywhere from excellent to poor depending on the day. Have seen fewer positives about Blues City Cafe and Interstate BBQ, and none on Corky's or Pig on Beale.
Can anyone recommend the best things to get at Central, BBQ Shop, Neely's, or Blues City Cafe? If I were to brave Corky's or Interstate, what would be the best thing to order? A guidebook I have suggests chopped pork shoulder at Corky's and BBQ spaghetti at Interstate would be their best options.
Which place of all these is the best specifically for BBQ spaghetti? Dry pork ribs? Wet pork ribs? Sides?
For non-BBQ restaurants, there seems to be universal praise here for Gus's Fried Chicken and Automatic Slim's. Any thoughts on Alcenia's, Huey's, or Dyer's? I guess I missed mention of these along the way. Any other food musts, especially in the Downtown Beale Street area?
It also looks like three places listed in the guidebook I have, Erika's, Beale Street BBQ, and the downtown branch of Corky's, are now closed. True?