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Payne's Bar-B-Que

1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
+1 901-272-1523
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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1762 Lamar Ave, Memphis, TN 38114-1737
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food and service amazing! We loved it! Sauce wasn't needed but it was exceptional. No frills just good food.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017

My husband had heard from friends that this was the place to go for Memphis BBQ, so we set out to find them on July 4th, before we dropped our daughter at the airport. Not only were they closed, (nothing mentioned on the website--only a...More

2  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Opened in 1972 by the Payne family in an old converted service station. Currently run by the granddaughter and the Payne's would be proud. Like stepping back into the 1970s. My all-time personal favorites are the smoked sausages and smoked bologna. Pulled pork is also...More

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 26 May 2017

I've lived in Memphis for several years, I have had most pulled pork sandwiches offered across the city and this is the best one in my opinion. The pork is chopped in from of you by Miss Payne herself, the coleslaw is different here, mustard...More

1  Thank Antoni P
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We had lunch at this place on May 19th. There is parking in front of the place. I do not know if you can call it a restaurant. It is more a big kitchen with a room to sit. There are a lot of people...More

Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Memphis is well known for it's BBQ. You can get many different varieties and style in the city. If you want Great no frills food this would be a great place to try. People seem to come from near and far to get a taste...More

1  Thank Alvin S
Reviewed 7 May 2017

:Ambience: the ultimate hole in the wall, in what can most charitably be described as a depressed neighborhood. The kitchen resembles something out of the deep, rural South in the 1950's, but what comes out of it is a chopped pork sandwich served on a...More

1  Thank jetsly
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We stopped at Payne's on our way out of town because I had been told by many that it was some of the best BBQ in Memphis. This little dive outside of downtown was filled with BBQ smoke when we arrived and I left smelling...More

Thank jennlovesfood
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place was pretty smokey the day we went, but that didn't stop us from enjoying a half rack of ribs and a jumbo (really just large) chopped pork BBQ sandwich. FYI the medium hot BBQ sauce was mild and sweet, and the hot had...More

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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 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
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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