Vancouver has a pretty limited number of BBQ restaurants. Memphis Blues is the most well known, if not the only chain. After my disappointing experience with the Hog Shack, I was looking forward to another BBQ house.
I’ve had a couple experiences with Memphis Blues in the past, and they have been positive. But seeing as this is the biggest platter I’ve ever tried there, I’d give it a short, but proper review.
What went in
The Elvis Platter: appropriately named as it was what turned Elvis fat, possibly. This large platter contains a good portion of every meat they have, which includes ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, smoked sausage, and rib ends. On top of that, they are served with corn bread, fries, beans, and coleslaw.
Let’s start with what I liked. The pulled pork had just the right amount of smokiness, cooked to amazing tenderness. The rib ends were a nice blend of lean and fat, with some crunchy cartilage in between. The fries were crispy on the outside and seasoned well.
And then the rest were average. The beef brisket was a little on the dry side, so were the white meat of the chicken (however the dark meat was fine). The sausages weren’t anything special.
What went out
With the Elvis Platter between the 6 of us, and a couple jugs of beer, we spent about 20 dollars a person. This really isn’t bad considering the amount of meat we went through.
The service is minimal. They have a self served format similar to a fast food place. I don’t really mind it.
Unlike my experience at the Hog Shack, there was nothing terribly wrong about Memphis blues. There are some average items and a few really good ones. There are likely better BBQ places out there, but Memphis Blues is a safe bet.
What went in (+/-2, 0): 0.5
What came out (+/-1, 0): 0.5
Service (+/-1, 0): 0
Mr.’s Bonus (+/-1): 0.5
1465 W Broadway