Memphis >Food & Dining > Blue City Cafe
138 Beale St, Memphis, TN | Directions 3810335.140069 -90.053232
Monday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 05:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 03:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown Core, Downtown Medical Center
A Memphis Must – Excellent fall off the bone ribs in an interesting setting. My wife likes her ribs dry and she loved them as well. The sides are good, especially the beans. I'm not a cole slaw fan so was not impressed with the slaw. The chili was also excellent. The place has 2 dining areas and 2 bars, one with music. We ate in the bar with entertainment and loved it. I have been here at least 5 times over a period of time and it is always excellent.
Good food in the heart of Beale – This was our first stop when we rolled into Memphis in the middle of the night. We read that this was Bill Clinton's favorite place to eat in Memphis. We were greeted with a friendly, "Sit anywhere you want!" and were immediately happy with the authentic "dirty South" atmosphere. At first we were dismayed by the limited menu, but we came to discover over the weekend that this is common in Memphis -- places tend to do a few things very, very well, opting for quality over quantity. I ordered the chicken breast plate, which consisted of friend chicken strips with honey mustard and steak fries. It was absolutely delicious -- best honey mustard I've ever had. The beer selection was pretty good. Our waiter was wonderful, friendly but not overbearing. Best of all, we could watch the goings-on on Beale Street while we ate and drank. I liked this place -- felt like home.
best barbecue with all the fixins ... this is a must stop if you're traveling through Memphis ... or staying on. With their long hours, me and the family always go for a memorable meal, whatever the time. Welcome is great -- good folks, too.
Succulent ribs, beautifully spiced. A great honky-tonk, and it's open late. – Succulent ribs, the meat tender and beautifully spiced. I did not find them as saucy as others said. Don't bother with an appetizer - you'll be stuffed with the ribs and other entrees looked even larger. A great spot - just avoid Sundays; they are off their game on an off night. On a Sunday visit, the ribs and beans arrived cold with blazing hot fries. That was fixed fast enough, and the warm ribs were comfort food that few can match. The sauce is fabulous too. It's great that it's open late, and they are very welcoming if you are on your own. Enjoy!
Best ribs, skillet shrimp – This is a very popular place, with good reason. Highly recommended: Ribs, skillet shrimp, seafood gumbo, catfish. Not recommended: Beef stew, marinated salad, crab au gratin. If you are alone or with one other person, they will steer you to the bar to eat to keep the dining room tables free for larger groups, so expect it to happen when they're busy. Best time to go is late afternoon/very early evening. Great service whether you're in the dining room or the bar. These are VERY friendly people. A bit pricey, but the location is high-rent. One more thing: Their beef stew?
Woohooo!!! – The first time I went to this place I had the ribs wet and they were so tender I could cut the meat with a fork....Wonderful stuff...and the catfish is SOOO much better!! Highly recommend this place, but it is a little pricey so take money.
BEST RIBS IN MEMPHIS – Having been a chef for over 30 yrs, and sampled a wide variety of ribs and bbq in the greater Memphis area, I have found the ribs at Blue's City Cafe to be, by far, the best ribs in thec city of Memphis ... wet or dry they are tender, moist, flavorful, as well as plentiful.
These ribs are far superior to those of the establishments that have been promoted and hyped, that never seem to live up to their reputations.
Fantabulous – My husband and I were there last month (May) and had a terrific time at the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. The place looked like it did many moons ago and I know when we return to Memphis we will also return to Blues City Cafe.
Hope they never change the atmosphere of the place.
I'll be BACK! – Was there in April. First time and it was so very good. I have never been a rib person until my experience with this place and what fun to watch the chefs as you wait. Go early eve! Can be extremely busy after dark. I have tried ribs often since here at home but NONE have even come close in comparison. Will definetly be my first stop when I'm back in town!
Good eats, live blues, and plenty of Southern atmosphere and charm. – The Scene:
At the corner of Second and Beale, facing B.B. King's Blues Club, sits the faux Delta shack that was formerly a Doe's Eat Place. The late, great blues guitarist Albert King helped open the club in the early 1990s, but today it is the Blues City Cafe. Shrimp, steaks, and spicy tamales are on the menu, along with icy cold Coca-Cola and beer. Thick block glass windows, Formica fixtures and chrome furniture contribute to that sense of time and place. While you're noshing on greasy goodies, you can gaze out through the large picture-window views of Beale Street. A tiny, adjacent room known as the Band Box is where live blues music can be heard, if not always seen. There's only space enough for a few bodies to cram inside, although the music reverberates loud and clear, throughout the restaurant and outside onto the street as well.
Must Have Drinks:
Budweiser, served so cold it hurts.
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