Monday, November 28, 2011

Memphis Barbeque Opens December 5th!

Initial Thoughts:
  • Design and Decor:  The space is large and has brick walls and porcelain tile floor. The city of Memphis is celebrated through the use of photographs and artwork of Blues musician icons as well as images of the city.
  • Food:  Slow-cooked meats are smoked over hickory wood from two smokers and finished with a selection of tomato and vinegar based sauces. 
  • Drinks:  Limited beer and wine selection
  • Would I go back?  I'd go back if I was in the area.
Memphis, Tennessee natives Chris George and Dr. William George are excited to bring the taste of their hometown to Arlington, Virginia with the opening of Memphis Barbeque located at 320 South 23rd Street, Ste 50.  The father and son business partners are pleased to showcase authentic Memphis barbeque.   This family-owned operation will be a great addition to Crystal City. 

Memphis Barbeque will feature a menu of barbecued meats, fish and shellfish.  The famous Memphis Style Spare Ribs are prepped either “wet” and basted with Memphis original Bar-B-Q sauce or “dry” and prepared with a special sauce and dusted with a proprietary rub.  Guests can also choose a combination plate of ribs and either Bar-B-Q Chicken, Pulled Pork Shoulder, Beef Brisket or Spicy Bar-B-Q Shrimp. Plates are priced at $11-26.  Entrée offerings from the sea include Bar-B-Q North Atlantic Salmon, Spicy Bar-B-Q shrimp and the Grilled Hickory Fish of the Day.  Each entrée is served with the choice of two sides and options include Buttermilk Battered Onion Rings, Baked Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese, Barbeque Baked Beans and Creamy Coleslaw.

A number of starters like Pulled Pork Eggrolls (these are really good!), soups and salads including Bluff City Chili and Beef Brisket with Mixed Greens, Roasted Tomatoes, Candied Spiced Pecans and Panko Crusted Goat Cheese are also offered ranging in price from $9-$12.  Sandwiches are served with one side as yet another option.  Choices include the vegetarian Veggie sandwich made with marinated and grilled Portobello mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, peppers, Montrachet cheese and basil-pesto mayo and the Pulled Pork Sandwich made with meat smoked in-house for 20 hours.  For those who still have room, enticing desserts including the Blondie Brownie Sundae (Yum!) are also available and are priced from $8-$9.

Memphis Barbeque is located at 320 South 23rd Street, Ste 50 Arlington, VA 22202 and is three blocks from the Crystal City Metro Station accessible on the blue and yellow lines.  Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday 11 AM to 11 PM; Saturday 10AM to 11 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 9 PM.  Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM and a limited late night menu will be available nightly until 1 AM.  For reservations or more information please call (571) 970-2727 or visit

Photos by Kristen Finn

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