Why is good BBQ so hard to find in town? On a friend’s rec, we decided to check out Memphis Blues Barbeque House’s newest location waaaaaay up on the north side. They have two other locations (Milwoods and Sherwood Park), which I’ve never been to or heard of until now. They claim to be authentic, southern style barbeque house.
We dropped by for lunch on a sunny Thursday and the place had a few tables occupied. Looks like a lot of construction workers come in for take-out. They’re located in the same strip mall area as Halong Bay Noodle House. The inside is clean and spacious with two doors/ways to get into the restaurant.
The menu is split mainly into sandwiches, meals and platters. Holy jeebus, the platters are expensive. $179.95 for the Priscilla platter, that better feed a kingdom! Having just ate at MEAT the day before (BBQ back to back just happened), I was hoping for their authentic claims to ring true.
Calamari po’boy ($12.95)
Comes with one side (choice of BBQ pit beans, slaw or fries). We went with fries for our po’boy. The calamari portion looked meager but it was tasty. I wish they warmed up and toasted the bun though. Small, simple things like that would make things so much better. The fries weren’t anything special as it lacked any real crispy texture.
Barbeque chicken meal ($18.95)
Came with corn bread, BBQ pit beans, slaw and choice of potato salad or fries (we went with potato salad). The portion of BBQ chicken was quite generous with a mix of wings, drumsticks and thighs. The smaller pieces were flavourful and tender but once we go to the bigger pieces (aka. the white meat), it was another story. The meat was dry. Gross. Nowhere near being authentic. The sides were hit and miss – corn bread was SUPER dry (Super Dry) and tasteless, pit beans were decent but the slaw and potato salad was a bit better.
Overall, Memphis Blues was okay but I can’t see myself going back anytime soon. The meat was dry and everything just screams mediocre-ness. True, I didn’t try everything a la meat sampler style, but from what we ate, I get the it’s your typical average Edmonton restaurant.
Memphis Blues Barbeque House
16907 – 127 Street