Holiday Sweepstakes: You Could Win* a KitchenAid 7-Qt. Pro Line Stand Mixer and More! Enter the Giveaway

Follow us:

Restaurants & Bars 2

Memphis--Kelvin's Barbecue & Hot Wings.

Randal Cooper | Apr 14, 200510:11 PM

I work in south Memphis and get 45 minutes for lunch, which can kinda limit my lunching possibilities. Judicious use of the fax machine and a heavy right foot can get me to Blue Coast Burrito and back in time, and I've been known to race to Bhan Thai when there wasn't road construction, and I can get to A&R but it's dangerous if they feel like taking 20 minutes to assemble a sandwich. Therefore I get used to compromises, like Tops--which makes a pretty decent sandwich and was right around the corner.

Emphasis on the WAS. They closed up shop, and now the nearest Tops is in Southhaven, which is doable but not really worth a special trip. This dilemma led me to give Kelvin's (which used to be next to Tops but moved down the street to a location formerly occupied by a Long John Silver's next to Wendy's) another try. I stopped in and asked for a sandwich.

Back at my desk, I took a bite and discovered that it wasn't half bad. Heck, it was pretty darn good, so about a week later I dropped back by and got their two-sandwich lunch combo (smaller sandwiches than you might expect, so two's a pretty good number).

I can't say much for the smoking technique or length of time in the pit or other such minutia that make up a good portion of "professional barbecue discourse," but I will say that these are the nicest two sandwiches you can put in your mouth for $4.95 (with occasionally lousy fries and a drink thrown in). Lightly toasted crispy buns, generous amount of meat and sauce, slaw that enhances rather than overpowers. Very reminiscent of the sandwiches at Big S when J.C. was running the pit.

Kelvin's has I think three or four locations around Memphis. I haven't tried any others, if the recipe is systematic rather than the result of one talented food service employee at the location on Winchester at Millbranch, they're all worth checking out. At the very least, the one on W@M is.

(For the inevitable question about the wings, I tried them several years ago when Kelvin's was in their old location and burned my mouth on them as I was running late and they were straight from the fryer. So I can only say that their hot wings make me curse.)

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Recommended from Chowhound

Catch up on the latest activity across all community discussions.
View latest discussions