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Tops Bar-B-Q

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1286 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3414
+1 901-725-7527
08:30 - 23:45
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Dallas, Texas
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were told by some locals to try Tops Bar-B-Q - it was average - nothing that just says its the best bar-b-q ever. My son and I got the deluxe pork sandwich - and it tasted good - i had beans and french fries with it. The beans were a bit too "vinegar" tasting for me but my husband... More 

Thank SDSmith87
San Antonio
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146 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

The dining area was littered in trash & no one seemed to have responsibility for policing the area. With all of the BBQ option in Memphis you would think they would do a better job of blocking & tackling

Thank Texasleaguer
Memphis, Tennessee
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133 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped by tops on my way home from work last week, great big pork sandwich for me and a bigger beef bar-b-q sandwich for my guy. Food was good but sure wish they had given us some sauce for those sandwiches-make sure if you are getting your order to go that you ask for all the condiments to go with... More 

Thank mmemphis2016
Prahran, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

empty and poor service, already a great start. we got two brisket sandwiches, beans and potato salad. i opened up to sandwich to see more then 50% of it was just fat. the rest of the meat was dry and take like dog food the beans had meat in them and it was also just fat. it was so disgusting... More 

Thank CharlottesWorld
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145 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

You don't have to go anywhere fancy to get good barbecue in Memphis. Tops has been around forever. I remember going when I was little often. Most recently visited the Tops on Union Avenue while my dad was int he hospital. The sandwiches were as good as I remembered. You will have to forgive the ambience and the service is... More 

Thank Jimmy G
Memphis, Tennessee
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Although Top's is not THE best BBQ in Memphis, it IS one of the best and a Memphis staple. Their pork shoulder is really, really good with usually very little fat/gristle in it and the sandwich packs are a fantastic bargain. Only complaint? Never enough sauce or slaw. But, you can buy a bigger slaw and even more sauce. Speaking... More 

Thank moodygirllisa
Gadsden, Alabama
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182 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Loved this place. I can't give a BBQ place 5 stars but 3 is my tops in this category (no pun intended). I'm not a fan of Memphis BBQ. Tops is different and amazing. I'm told I need to try the burger (for which I see awards in their locations). Be brave and ask them gals for back meat. The... More 

Thank JimE782
Landover, Maryland
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My son and I ordered a combo bbq plate of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, beans, nothing tasted like it had been cooked in the bbq pit. The ribs actually tasted old. Wife ordered a turkey burger with cheese and it came out without cheese and was overcooked. We went out another door to avoid being asked how we enjoyed the... More 

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Alexandria, Louisiana
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Will not be eating @ this chain again. Fly flying around your food. Had ask the lady at the counter to clean the table off, then she cleaned it with a dirty rag. The food was not tasty. I ordered the Sampler platter, 2 ribs/ and scrapes for the beef.

Thank BUFFYG2311
Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

They refer to Tops as the Krystals of BBQ but that moniker does not do it justice. We ate and had the chopped pork sandwich and beans and fries and all of it was very good and extremely reasonable in price.

Thank slayers911

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Barbecue
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
08:30 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1286 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-3414
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 901-725-7527

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?