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Payne's

1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN - (901) 272-1523
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/8/2015 7:33:00 AM
When you order a pork shoulder sandwich at Payne's, a sufficient amount of meat is heated then chopped on a wooden block and piled on a bun mixed with hot or mild sauce. Atop the pork goes a layer of pickly-sweet slaw. Available in normal and jumbo sizes, the sandwich is wrapped in wax paper and held together with toothpicks. It is a mess, well-nigh impossible to eat like a normal sandwich by picking it up in one or two hands and bringing the whole thing to your mouth. You can try that, but vast amounts of pork will fall out and sauce will spill and you will eventually be picking up pieces of meat, slaw, and even sauce-sopped bun with two fingers as if they were dainty-sized, albeit outrageously messy, petits-fours.

Beyond the pork barbecue sandwich, the menu is a short list of smokehouse classics: beef barbecue, sausages, rib tips, and boloney, with sides of beans, slaw, and French fries. In our experience none of these is stellar; but the pig sandwich is.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The wonderful cole slaw and bbq sauce sauce also star on the bologna sandwich.
"The wonderful cole slaw and bbq sauce sauce also star on the bologna sandwich."
Cliff Strutz





One of Memphis' premier pig sandwiches!
"One of Memphis' premier pig sandwiches!"
Cliff Strutz


Menu board.
"Menu board."
Cliff Strutz


I elicited chuckles from the staff while photographing the tip box.  But in my defense, how many look like a Christmas present and say 'everybody loves pig' on the side?
"I elicited chuckles from the staff while photographing the tip box. But in my defense, how many look like a Christmas present and say 'everybody loves pig' on the side?"
Cliff Strutz


Payne's interior is big and informal.  Just order your barbecue at the window and tote it yourself to a table.
"Payne's interior is big and informal. Just order your barbecue at the window and tote it yourself to a table."
Cliff Strutz


Payne's Bar-B-Q should be on your short list during any visit to Memphis.
"Payne's Bar-B-Q should be on your short list during any visit to Memphis."
Cliff Strutz


Remove the toothpicks and gingerly unfold the paper. The pig sandwich virtually explodes from within.
"Remove the toothpicks and gingerly unfold the paper. The pig sandwich virtually explodes from within."
Michael Stern


Mr. Fields chops hot pork for a sandwich
"Mr. Fields chops hot pork for a sandwich"
Michael Stern


Payne's serves the classic Memphis barbecue sandwich: chopped meat mixed with sauce and topped with slaw.
"Payne's serves the classic Memphis barbecue sandwich: chopped meat mixed with sauce and topped with slaw."
Michael Stern



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