Memphis Barbecue Comes To Washington D.C. -A Barbecue Resturant Review

BY: Richard Wachtel
Published: December 20, 2011


With the sudden explosion of barbecue restaurants here in the Washington D.C. area, it no time for another barbecue restaurant to open in Arlington VA named Memphis Barbecue. Last week, I had a chance to try out the barbecue food at this local restaurant and see can the Memphis barbecue  style be successfully reproduced anywhere and more importantly right in Washington D.C. [Check out all of Grilling with Rich's Articles that we posted during our time in Memphis in May! ]

Memphis Barbecue is the brain child of a Memphis native Chris George who wanted to share his love for barbecue and specifically Memphis Barbecue to the Washington DC metro area.

Appetizers - I normally do not review Appetizers at barbecue restaurants but I normally do not have appetizers at these places but at Memphis Barbecue, it was quite the experience having some amazing appetizers. Memphis Barbecue served up two specifically that I really enjoyed: A pulled Pork Eggroll and also Pulled Pork Burrito. My favorite by far none was the pulled pork Eggroll. Not only was it really original but it was executed perfectly, I know that this might be something that I try to make myself in the upcoming year. Both the crispiness of the Eggroll along with the perfectly pulled pork, it was a great way to start the meal.

Ribs – Obviously with the name of the barbecue restaurant: Memphis Barbecue and being that the owner also comes from Memphis I had high expectations for the ribs that they served. I really enjoyed the flavor profiles of the ribs, both the tenderness of the ribs and also the dry rub that they used on the ribs were a perfect combination. An additional item that I really enjoyed about the ribs was that while biting into the ribs they really brought me back to my time in Memphis earlier this year, which is always a great thing! I also enjoyed how the ribs had a bit of tug, but not to much tug which is how you know that the ribs were perfectly smoked.

Memphis DC BBQ Ribs

Memphis DC BBQ Ribs

Brisket – One of my new types of meat to both eat and also make is Brisket. As much as I really enjoy eating pork and chicken, it seems that I am all about pure red meat and more specifically Brisket. I really love it for some reason. So with that being said, I was really excited to try the brisket during my dinner and boy I wasn’t disappointed at all. The brisket was both tender and also very moist. The one thing that I found was missing in the brisket was the smoke flavor, which I wish was more evident.

Side Dishes – As I have documented a lot here at Grilling with Rich when I do a restaurant review, I totally judge a place even though it might be completely wrong on the merits of their Mac and Cheese! I really enjoyed the mac and cheese, but it wasn’t something that I am raving about. It had nice flavors, and you could tell that the food was made with some tender Barbecue love which is very important to any serious barbecue eater! I also liked the selection of the side dishes from baked beans, and Creamy Coleslaw just to name a few of the sides that are offered at Memphis BBQ

Dessert -  A meal isn’t complete without a great dessert and especially a great dessert goes along perfectly with some great barbecue. At Memphis Barbecue, even though I was completely full I still had plenty of room left for some pie and also a great blonde and boy it was worth it! Having both of them was a perfect way to end this great meal and I wasn’t disappointed.

Total Thoughts – Well, overall I really enjoyed the complete meal at Memphis Barbecue. From the appetizers to the main dishes to the desserts I had a great complete meal. Minus a couple of little things, I really enjoyed eating at Memphis. Now, I wouldn’t consider Memphis Barbecue a traditional Brick and Morter barbecue restaurant,  but I would have to say that if you are looking for something a bit different in terms of dinning atmosphere.

I highly recommend heading over to Memphis Barbecue because you are going to get some quality products with a great taste of Memphis!  


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Richard Wachtel

Richard Wachtel

Editor and Chef and Founder at Grilling with Rich
Born and raised in Long Island, New York Richard Wachtel has developed a passion for all things about barbecue and grilling and sharing this love with the world through social media, digital marketing and blogging about his cooking adventures on his website www.GrillingWithRich.com. Richard has interviewed the top names in barbecue and grilling such as four-time BBQ Grand World Champion Chris Lilly, and other world class pitmasters such as Myron Mixon, Melissa Cookston, and Tuffy Stone... just to name a few. In addition, GrillingwithRich.com has become a BBQ authority for media outlets and has been citied in many online publications such as: Yahoo News, Freinds Eat.com and USA Today’s Men’s Health. Rich lives just outside the nation's capital in Virginia with his wife, and #1 tastetester - his beagle, Cooper.
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