REVIEW: Memphis BBQ Company, Dunwoody, Perimeter Mall
When we arrived at Memphis BBQ Company, we had mixed feelings because there weren’t many cars in the parking lot, but by the time we left the place was packed! It was a late coming crowd, but enough of that – LET’S TALK BBQ!
I originally found out about Memphis BBQ Company from Thrillist when looking at the “Best Burger” places for Atlanta. I had it set in my mind that I wanted to try this “best burger” but once I got there, my mind did a 180° to BBQ. I was ready, Freddy!
Our server knocked us out of our seats right off the rip by pitching, not only how great their BBQ was, but why! He told us about their owner, Melissa Cookston, who is “The Winningest Woman in BBQ”. Not only is she a top pitmaster, restauranteur and author (click pic for her book on Amazon), she also won the 2014 Memphis in May Whole Hog World Champion, two-time overall world champion. Underachiever, right? Well, from that point on, I was absolutely SOLD on getting BBQ and as much of it as I could possibly eat.
Our server asks “do you like pork rinds?” and I’m thinking to myself “a restaurant that serves pork rinds? Is he kidding me?”. The answer is a resounding NO – he’s NOT kidding and brings a basket of pork rinds. Now, you Northerners may not know what a pork rind is and we Southerners try to forget, but a pork rind is fried pig skin. Sounds gross, right? Heck naw, it’s great! YOU HAVE TO TRY THE PORK RINDS! The basket of Pork Rinds that he brought had a king daddy pork rind in there and they were OH SO GOOD!
We couldn’t make up our mind what we were going to order, so we just chose the Pitmasters Sampler which comes with a half slab of ribs and two meats. We chose a half slab or classic ribs, pulled pork and a 1/4 chicken. It came with two sides, and we chose to get house salads. We also ordered some additional sides of fried okra, red beans and rice, and potato salad. It also comes with cornbread. Keep in mind that this dish is meant for one person.
BBQ heaven soon arrived at our table when our Pitmasters Sampler showed up. This BBQ is so good you will slap your grandma! We cut the ribs in half and my normally vegetarian wife proceeded to tear into like the carnivore I knew she was! I had a couple of bites of pulled pork but that was the best I could do! The Fried Okra was a little salty for me, but it was still pretty good. The Red Beans and Rice was predictable and I thought would have been better over a dirty rice than plain white steam rice. The show stealer for sides was the Potato Salad. Devoid of any mustard base, it was OFF THE CHAIN. Speaking of off the chain, the Cornbread was phenomenal! It was sweet like cake and OH SO MOIST!
It’s hard to imagine any better BBQ than Memphis BBQ Company serves up. They have a large. Spacious restaurant and is perfect for large groups. Come to Dunwoody and you’ll love Memphis BBQ Company! Guten appetit!