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“Comfortable Biele St. afternoon”
Review of King's Palace Cafe

King's Palace Cafe
Ranked #80 of 1,567 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 15
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Description: Kings Palace Café located at 162 Beale Street, has the old time Beale Street atmosphere of good food and good music. King Palace Café has a large dining room and a lazy outdoor patio, also the Jazz Room for live Blues and Memphis Music nightly. Open For Lunch And Dinner 7 days and nights a week. Kings Palace Café serves Cajun cuisine ranging from Shrimp & Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Catfish, Voodoo Potatoes, and many more. They also have pasta dishes, such as Shrimp Velvet, which is large butterfly shrimp on a bed of linguini with a mildly spiced cheddar cheese sauce, and many more pasta choices. Don't forget the Meat! King's Palace Café has Memphis Style (hickory smoked) BBQ Ribs, and New York Strips, Bacon Wrapped Filets, and Salmon Steaks (which are lightly smoked and grilled to perfection).
Reviewed 19 December 2017

While trying to avoid the super-crowded venues on Beale St. on an early October afternoon, we found King's Palace. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and an excellent blues singer.

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Thank 91paulkat
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Indifferent meal. Had to return several items as they were cool or lukewarm. Service was slow and music not as good as other places.

Thank UKSue29
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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Walked into Kings Palace & the Guitarist was playing “The Thrill is Gone . . .” Oh yeah, it don’t get any more Bluesy than that! Sound quality was excellent. It wasn’t too crowded, think I’ll chill here for awhile. Then he turned the synthesizer on bongos & some weird island-type sounds & proceeded to promote his CD.

Memphis-Style BBQ Ribs::
Hickory wood smoked Ribs cooked in traditional Memphis style, wet or dry. Half Rack $19 / Full Rack $25 /

That was as far down the Menu as I needed to read! It was odd that the serving of Potatoes was piled high, a huge portion, while the Slaw was served in a tiny Catsup cup?

The Ribs had been cooked earlier in the day & sat under the warmer too long. At first they were OK, but after 20 minutes tasted dry & chewy. I liked the Sauce that was served on the side.

The Timing of Ribs must be precise. I have judged many Memphis in May BBQ Contests & listened to the narrative describing the cooking method. Teams put on several racks @ 15-minute intervals so they can select the ones that are prime to serve to the Judges.

Unfortunately, Restaurants cannot predict the volume of Diners who will order Ribs each day or night. Such is the saga of “Mine were mouthwatering!” vs. “Mine were overcooked & dry.” & The temptation to serve the oldest ones 1st is great.

Thank ChanEvan
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

If you have interest in a seafood soup, or you any kind of fan of creole, please do yourself a favor and stop by to try to the Championship Gumbo and the Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee.

We got them as starters and honestly it was the best part of the meal, and we wished we had gotten bowls instead of just a cup of each!

Chicken wings on the starter menu was a big hit also. The service was really good too.

The ribeye was not the best quality and it showed, but perhaps they were having an off day on steak. Also, the club sandwiches were lackluster and just glorified ham sandwiches.

We are going to go back sometime, though, to have the etouffee again!

Thank Tracy O
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

I researched a ton of restaurants before hitting Beale St. I didn't want a chain restaurant, We wanted to try different authentic foods. This one had some great reviews. What a let down it turned out to be. We went in for lunch on a Thursday. Beale st. was a ghost town as was the restaurant. I think there were 4 other people in the joint, yet we rarely saw our waitress. We kept waiting with empty drinks, waiting for our order to be taken then delivered. I was especially excited to try the fried gator...but they were out? really? So we got crab cakes, Nothing memorable about them. Just run of the mill. We had the BBQ sandwich, the chicken with voo doo potatoes, and the BBQ platter. There was nothing bad about anything, but just nothing particularly great. It actually tasted like a chain restaurant. We expected something really good with the voo doo potatoes, but they were just...mashed potatoes. Kinda bummed. I was going back and forth between this and Blues City cafe, now I wish I had chosen the latter.

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Thank calipugmom
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