We went to Blues City Cafe on Sunday August 8th. Tony and I had just gotten engaged, so it was a fun atmosphere with the Johnny Cash cover band singing "Ring of Fire" to us and making it all fun for us. Kelly and Loren joined in on the fun too!
Brett's Review: This place was a lot of fun. I believe we were the only locals in there. I have lived in Memphis my entire life and have never been there. Honestly I didn't realize they even had bbq. However, their ribs were fantastic. I'm more of a dry rib fan, which they don't sell, but if you are looking for wet ribs I'd definitely recommend you go there. The live entertainment, a guy who looked like Phil Spector and Bob Dylan's love child and sang like Johnny Cash was great. The service was very good as well. To sum it all up, this is a touristy spot and because of that, I probably wouldn't go back, but they definitely send tourists home talking about how good Memphis BBQ (which is traditionally dry is. BCC is a 4.5 out of 5 for me.
Regina's Review: Since ribs were the only offering on a Sunday evening Rhea and I split a slab. I am glad the sauce was on the side because I did not like it. I liked the way the ribs had some charred pieces from the grill, they had a nice smokey flavor and were not overcooked. There were tons of French fries and a one little ramekin of slaw and one little ramekin of beans. I like my beans and slaw and would have preferred more even thought they were a little doctored up and the canned variety. Rhea was not impressed, he thought the ribs were greasy. He liked the sauce and loved the fries so I guess he didn't leave hungry.
Courtney's Review: For a touristy joint on Beale St, I thought Blues City served pretty good BBQ...or I should say ribs and rib neat because they don't do offer pork shoulder on the weekend. We started with the sausage plate and the sausage was really good. Good amount of spice and I loved the BBQ they served with it. I ordered the salad topped with rib meat and it was delicious. The meat provided so much flavor that I didn't even need to add the dressing. I would definitely order that again.
Kembree's Review: The atmosphere was perfect. It was very touristy, but that is what we were coming into. I too had the ribs, not a lot of choice on the bbq end of things..but I did like them. I don't like the fatty parts or having to pull them off with your teeth and meat getting all stuck in there, so these fall off the bone, kinda greasy ribs were prettydarn good to me! The fries were good too. I think if you want a fun atmosphere with live music come, but don't count on this place as the best in town, the best atmosphere with bbq on the side. They didn't have enough 'que' on the menu really to give it a ranking as we have had so far on the 'tour'. I give Blues City a 3.5.
Randy's Review: I found the ribs to be a little 'too falling off ' the bone. The smoked taste was good, but excessively wet and greasy. In retrospect I feel they were properly prepared for wet ribs, but they couldn't overcome the lesser quality of the cut of the ribs (too much
fat). The venue was great, the music was entertaining and the company, it goes without saying, was superb. Blues City functions well to its intent; a place for tourists to eat what is told is
'Memphis Barbeque' and listen to the blues.
Diane's Review: I was disappointed in not being able to try the barbeque sandwich; however the ribs were pretty good. The were too greasy and wet to taste. I like the crisper and drier ones. They weren't objectionable. I felt the place was a bit of a tourist trap because of its proximity to downtown. All in all, I had rather be a tourist and seek out Rendevous for the ribs that I have had before, not on our tour.
Tony's Review: We had a good time at Blues City Cafe. I usually get the ribs and thesewere all right. The flavor was good, but not the best ones, I think these are boiled and just ready because they came out way to fast. I would give them a 3 out of 5.