By Casey | February 20, 2008
As a lover of BBQ, I went to Memphis, TN to try out some what I had hoped to be great BBQ. Anyone who knows about BBQ knows that Memphis has a rich history and tradition in BBQ as well as having legendary pit masters. Before I headed south I spent some time on the internet searching for highly rated BBQ joints in the Memphis area. With skepticism I Googled, in my past years of searching for great BBQ I have went on the word of another only to be dissapointed and this trip would be no exception. My first stop would take me out of the way a few miles to the town of Little Rock, AR. Many a reviewer had ranked Whole Hog Cafe (www.wholehogcafe.com) on the top of the list as a for sure stop. I had a slab of ribs that were some of the best I have had in a BBQ joint and I would highly recommend that if you are in the area to drop in. With tons of good reviews my next stop would be Corky’s (www.corkysbbq.com) in Memphis. Corky’s has great atmosphere and I had a slab of ribs that were once again as good as I have had in a BBQ joint, I would have to recommend Corky’s as a “must in Memphis”. With two good meals under my belt it was time to move on to Charles Vergo’s famous Rendezvous (www.pigsfly.com) for my first Memphis dissapointment. The Rendezvous, of the higher ranked joints in Memphis, had great atmosphere and a line of people waiting out the door and up onto the alleyway. Their signature style of dry ribs were just that very dry and very overcooked. I could not recommend Rendezvous as a “Must in Memphis” but I would be interested in the opinion of others. Next on the list was a stop in at the Blues City Cafe (www.bluescitycafe.com) on Beale St. Although I didn’t find lots of high ratings for the Blues City Cafe I decided to try it out and was quite surprised in the results. I was impressed enough with the ribs at Blues City that I went back for another slab and was just a pleased. I would recommend Blues City Cafe as a “Must in Memphis”. My last stop was once again on Beale St. at a joint called Pig on Beale (www.pigonbeale.com). Although the Pig on Beale has a nice website and the place looked nice they must have took those pictures a few years ago. I went in and sat down and for a second considered getting up and leaving. The dining room was very dirty and with my background in resturants I know that if the dining room is dirty it is never as bad as the kitchen. Anyway, I went ahead and ordered a half slab of ribs and could barely eat them. I would not recommend this place to anyone with eyesight or a good taste for ribs. The moral to this story is it is hard to take the opinion of one’s taste because we all have different likings.