Memphis Blues Barbeque House

I’m a complete carnivore. I love my meat. It is easily my 2nd favourite food group (behind cakes, pastries and other sweets of course). Seriously, if I had it my way, the food pyramid (are we still using it?) would be inverted, with sweets at the bottom, followed by meats and dairy, and rabbit food (aka vegetables) at the top.

I was having a serious craving for flesh (yes, I’m purposefully trying to sound dirty here), and Memphis Blues Barbeque seemed to be just the spot to satisfy my lechery gluttony. They have a location on Broadway, which was easily accessible from UBC via the 99 B-line. Although I really wanted to get one of their platters, I was smart enough to realize that my stomach wallet wasn’t big enough for a platter. Instead, I went for the next best thing: their combo plate, which included a choice of 2 meats, Cornbread, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Barbecue Sauce, and a choice between Potato Salad or French Fries. I picked their Ribs and Pulled Pork for my meats, and their Potato Salad as my side.

Combo Plate (Ribs, Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, $24.95):


3.5/5 overall


The plate came with 5 fair-sized ribs. The ribs were perfectly cooked, pulling easily off of the bone while still retaining some texture and chew. They had a nice smokey flavour on their own and a slight bit of heat.

Pulled Pork:

Like the ribs, the pulled pork was well cooked, and was tender and juicy. I liked the taste of the barbecue sauce that came with the meat, which was sweet and slightly tangy. I did, however, find that the sauce seemed to have a slightly pungent flavour that was a bit off-putting. I’m probably in the minority, but I actually prefer the barbecue sauce from Deacon’s Corner.


2.5/5 Overall

Baked Beans:
This was surprisingly delicious. The beans were tender and had a good, rich smokey flavour.

If you’re familiar with my blog, you probably know how I feel about rabbit food salad. It wasn’t too bad for it was: it was quite creamy. I did find it to be bland however (I would have enjoyed some sweetness and tang).

I found this to be a bit dry. It didn’t have much flavour either (I like my cornbread to be sweet). Still, it wasn’t bad.

Potato Salad:
My biggest regret of the day was picking this over the fries. First of all, the portion was very small, and I found myself getting increasingly envious of the people around me as they enjoyed generous, heaping portions of fries. More importantly though, I didn’t really enjoy the taste. The salad came with some onions and celery (bleh!). It was not very creamy and quite bland. While it was by no means horrible, I actually prefer the Ziggy’s brand from supermarkets over this.

Coffee (complimentary!):

This came free of charge, since the staff member says that it’s “just basically water”. The cheap Asian in me was quite delighted.

My experience at Memphis Blues Barbeque has taught me one very important lesson: DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING WITH THE WORD “SALAD” IN IT! It doesn’t matter if it’s a “salad-salad” or a pasta/potato salad; salads are just nothing but bad news. In spite of the small and underwhelming potato salad however, there was still a good portion of food and I was left very full and satisfied. This is definitely a good place if you’re a lover of flesh (I seriously need to stop) like me.

The Aftermath

Food: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall: 4/5
Recommendations: Ribs, Pulled Pork
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