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Mar 30, 2011 06:32 AM

BBQ not to miss on Memphis trip 2

Last trip we did Rendezvous, BBQ Shop, Central. What should we hit this time? Cozy Corner? Where else? We won't have a car, but can cab it for good 'cue. Anywhere open Sundays or Mondays?

Cozy Corner Restaurant
745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

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  1. Where are you staying?

    I love Cozy Corner (especially the Cornish game hen; I actually haven't had much else) but getting a cab back from there may be an issue. It's not in the best part of town. The same thing goes for Payne's who has a great sandwich but getting a cab back wouldn't be easy.

    Neely's on Jefferson is pretty good and if you are willing to go far the Germantown Commissary is great.

    Neely's is open 7 days a week and the G'town Commissary I know is open Monday because they do all you can eat ribs. Not sure about Cozy Corner but they keep odd hours so I would definitely call first.

    IMO, do not go to Interstate BBQ. It will get recommended but I have never had a good experience there.

    Another place which is new, so I've only been once but it was great, is One and Only BBQ in East Memphis

    Cozy Corner Restaurant
    745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

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    1. re: klebb

      I second everything klebb said. I love Cozy Corner and especially Payne's, but taxi might not be a good option for those places. Germantown Commissary is also pretty good, but VERY far away from the city center. And you can go to Interstate to say that you tried it, and to form your own opinion, but I was not impressed. Also, if there is an A&R or a Tops near to you, both of those places make a pretty good chopped shoulder sandwich.

      Places that are on my to-do list for next time I go to Memphis:
      -Three Little Pigs
      -The Pig on Beale

      Any of y'all have opinions on these places?

      Cozy Corner Restaurant
      745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

      1. re: jamiecarroll

        If you are staying downtown there is an A&R close by on third and Jefferson I think; I've actually never been even though I spend a ton of time downtown.

        Tops is more like fast food but it is still better Q than you can get in most cities.

        Never been to Marlowe's. Tom's is good but extremely far out.

        I love Three Little Pigs but more for sentimental reasons than the actual food so I'm probably not the best judge. We spent many drunken high school afternoons patronizing that place because you could drink underage at the bowling alley right next door and their BBQ sandwiches and flat top burgers always hit the spot.

        Never been to the pig on Beale but as a general rule of thumb I try not to eat on Beale St. I may be giving it an unfair bad wrap but I've been burned too many times.

        Be sure to give us a report on your trip.

      2. re: klebb

        I was in Memphis back for MiM '09. Went to Interstate, Leonard's, Corky's, Rendezvous, Tops, and Central. Interstate was the only place that everything on the combo (brisket and beef ribs included!) was excellent. Found the pork dry at Leonards and Central, although the turkey and sauce selection at Central was good, and everything else at Leonard's was good except the pork. Fried Catfish, YES! Forget Rendezvous unless you like hot sauce on everything including cole slaw.

        1. re: ebay3392


          The Rendezvous doesn't put hot sauce on anything. Not sure what you are talking about. The slaw is mustard based and the ribs are dry.

          It's not the best place in the world but it's a fun atmosphere and when the ribs are on they are excellent.

      3. I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right before you cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ.
        Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
        The best BBQ in Memphis, TN can be found at A & R. BBQ Shop, Central, Rendezvous, Cozy Corner, Interstate, Neely's, One and Only and Payne's.
        A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
        BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
        Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
        Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
        Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
        Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
        Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
        One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
        Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.
        The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.
        Incidentally Interstate BBQ in Southaven, MS just reopened after a huge renovation.

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        1. re: Littleman

          Thanks all so far! We are staying downtown, near Beale, so not the best locale for BBQ adventures, I know. Hopefully we can get a few in though!

          1. re: Littleman

            Also, Cozy Corner and Tom's BBQ are closed on Sundays.

            Cozy Corner Restaurant
            745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

          2. Central is open on Sunday at both locations. One and Only is open on Monday. Neely's is open 7 days a week.

            1. When are you coming? There are some contests coming up in the next few weekends...you can find amazing BBQ there

              I love Germantown Commissary, Natural Born Grillers (World Championship BBQ Team turned restaurant), and Cozy Corner...

              Neil Gallagher
              Pitmaster - Too Sauced To Pork BBQ

              Cozy Corner Restaurant
              745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

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              1. re: Too Sauced To Pork

                Just visited the downtown branch of a+r...severely disappointing...leathery half-slab...they had been sitting around for quite some time it seems...

                Some highlights so far on my trip between NC and Arkansas:
                -- best sandwich: Scott Parker's in Lexington...wow...topped with a tangy vinegar table sauce made it (somehow) even better...best q I've ever had, and that is saying a lot.
                -- best ribs: Big Boys BBQ in Fairfield, Tenn...tasty and just out of the smoker...sweeter sauce but ok by me...

                still searching for a good memphis bbq rep for this trip...might make a trip to the cozy corner before i head out of the state...might be forced into rendevous tonight just for something different. Any port in the storm!
                Stay well,
                Jon P

                1. re: jonpit

                  The downtown location of A+R is pretty terrible

                  The Rendevous is fun if you've never been: order a sausage and cheese plate, a full order of ribs and a pitcher of michelob. Their pulled pork is marginal.

                  But if you have options go to Central, BBQ Shop or G'town Commissary (although this option is far away)