It’s the birthplace of the Beale Street Blues. Famous for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. But who knew it could barbeque with the best of the South?
Memphis BBQ owners Chris George and Yolanda George Turman have taken their Tennessee roots and turned them into a family restaurant, opening up a semi-formal establishment for ‘que enthusiasts who want more than just meat on the menu.
By George! Salmon, shrimp and crab ‘que creations flavor up the fare… though the Smokey Mountains have more smoke than Memphis’ singular BBQ sauce. The Memphian owners, who have also spent time in more southern states, confess that BBQ baby back ribs are personal favorites — and these are the most perfected of their plates.
But, in a surprise twist on Tennessee, it’s a rich roux app that steals all of the attention. Absolutely do not miss the Gumbo – likely the best all of the appetizers straight from Appalachia.
*Memphis is located at 320 South 23rd Street in Arlington, VA in what was formerly Mackey’s Public House.