Memphis >Food & Dining > Interstate Bar-B-Q & Restaurant
2265 S 3rd St, Memphis, TN | Directions 38109-256635.085364 -90.056878
Mon-Thu 11am-12am ; Sun 11am-12am
Neighborhoods: South, South Memphis Planning Dist, Whitehaven/Coro Lake
Outstanding BBQ – I actually first had Jim Neely's BBQ at a layover at the Memphis Airport. I saw a superlong wraparound line, and many other restaurants right there with room to spare, so I though I had to get in that long line to see what the fuss was about. I was floored. This was handsdown the best BBQ EVERYTHING I've ever had. From the potato salad to the baked beans, to the wonderful juicy chicken......I'm now interested in scheduling my flights just so I can have that layover in Memphis and get some of that Q. And I a notoriously picky eater
The Best in the Business!! – Growing up in the Memphis area, I have had ample opportunity to sample Memphis-style barbeque and Neely's is the best-hands down!! The food is delicious and talk about service with a smile. The barbeque pasta is my favorite.
Festive as a backyard cookout, this busy South Memphis joint serves popular pork barbecue. – The Scene
The neighborhood's a little run down and the booths might be cracked, but if you're looking for incredible barbecue in unpretentious surroundings this just may be the best spot in the city. For a real Memphis barbecue experience, go with a group of friends for lunch when the place is bustling with enthusiastic 'cue lovers.
The popular ribs are slow-roasted for hours and so tender the meat falls off with a push of the finger. Even more popular, however, are the pulled pork sandwiches. Thick shreds of pork in Jim Neely's famous sauce are piled high atop a white bread bun. More delicious barbecued pork is tossed with pasta and the sauce for the barbecued spaghetti, a delicious culinary oddity. Fried bologna, sausage and chicken are also available. Finish with a miniature pecan pie.
Was it a bad night? – I approached Interstate Barbecue with anticipation; it was my big stop on a trip from Texas to Indiana. I don't know if I hit it on a bad night , but I was disappointed.
First , the service was terrible. Not just bad, or slow, but comically awful. I waited for almost 15 minutes before anyone acknowledged me, and then a lady only came by and slapped a menu down. After another 10 minutes, I got up and told her I was ready. A few minutes later, she came by and said, "You ready?"
When I finally got the ribs, they weren't great. They didn't taste as if they were fresh off the pit, rather it seemed they had been re-heated. hey weren't what I had expected given all I'd heard about the place.
I'll give it another try based on its reputation, but my visit was a huge disappointment.
My favorite – Memphians know barbecue and Interstate is the best. The service is quick, sauce is terrrific, the beans are the BEST I've ever eaten and the small pulled pork sandwich is just perfect. People are always friendly. A must-visit for tourists.
Best Barbeque In The Known Universe – I've eaten a lot of barbecue in places as diverse as Chicago, San Antonio, Kansas City and various points south, but Jim Neeley's is handsdown the best I've ever had. It is also an incredible value. A plate of rib tips to numerous to finish cost a mere 8 bucks. While in Memphis, you should visit the Rendevous, which while touristy still has decent dry ribs (and figures in one of my favorite John Hiatt songs), but save your appetite for this place.
The best-Hands down. – The first thing many people ask me when the find out I'm from Memphis is "Where's the best bar b que?". When I tell them Neeley's Interstate, the next question is "Where's that at?" This is the best kept secret in Memphis. A very low profile and low cost place that doesn't rely on hype to attract customers...the food will do that on it's own. The sandwiches are HUGE, and at under $5 a real bargain. My suggestion: try the bar-b-qued spaghetti and bring a cooler to take a gallon home with you.
Tastey – I went and bought your sauce from Cates meat market. You have the best I've tasted in Memphis.
10.0 – Best in the world. Great taste, flavor, folks. This is really good food, they also have another place, with relatives called Neelys I think.
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