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Help choose 2 BBQ joints in Memphis

Hi Folks-

I'll be visiting Memphis from the west coast soon, and I was wondering if you could help me choose the 2 best joints in Memphis to get some Q. Please let me know why and what you would order. So far I have my list down to the following:

Central
Payne's
Interstate
Germantown Commissary
Leonard's
Cozy Corner
BBQ Shop
Gus Fried Chicken (not Q I know, but is it worth passing up?)

Rendezvous and Corky's are out. I'm looking for the real deal.

Thanks!

-CB

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  1. Yep, leave well alone of Rendezvous as maybe 50 years ago, it was the real deal. I second Interstate and Gus's Fried Chicken was amazing. It can take a while from the time you place your order as they fry it fresh and it's piping HOT when it comes out, so let it sit!!!

    TT

    1. Payne's and Cozy Corner. Payne's sandwich is one-of-a-kind.

      1. I'd go with ribs & cornish hen at Cozy Corner and then the ribs/shoulder combo at Germantown Commisary.
        Tough choices- Central & BBQ Shop are great- havent had Interstate in awhile.

        Gus' is really a cant-miss too.

        1. CB,

          Check out the following pair of reports which cover most of the places you're considering:
          http://dallasfood.org/modules.php?nam...
          http://dallasfood.org/modules.php?nam...

          The hands-down best barbecue item I've had in Memphis is Payne's sandwich. If I had two meals in Memphis, I'd be tempted to have them both right there (followed by a trip to A&R for a fried pie).

          Good luck!

          Scott

          1. I would absolutely say Cozy Corner hens and Gus's chicken.

            I'm not as up on the Q as others, but for great food that you will not find anywhere else you won't beat them.