Interstate Bar-B-Q

Bar-b-q | Smoke House | Soul Food
One of the best

Inside and out, Interstate is perfumed by smoke from slow-sizzling barbecue round the clock. That is because proprietor Jim Neely puts his pork shoulders in the pit at 5pm for the next day’s lunch and he starts the day’s ribs every morning. Mr. Neely is a master, and in the city of Memphis, to be a true pitmaster is to be a god.

His restaurant is a modest pork house serving four-star ribs, shoulder meat, sausages, and bologna with all the proper fixins, including bar-b-q spaghetti (soft noodles in breathtaking sauce). You eat at a table in the simple dining room where a “Wall of Fame” boasts critics’ accolades and 8x10s from celebrity fans; or enter next door and get it to go, by the sandwich, plate, or whole slab of ribs.

The ribs are agreeably chewy with a deep savor haloed by the perfume of wood smoke. Chopped pork shoulder has a few crusty outside shreds and tatters among the pillowy pile of interior meat; slices are less gooped with sauce, and not as messy … but not as succulent, either. A large chopped pork sandwich is the most Memphian dish on the menu, made as per local custom with a layer of cool cole slaw atop the well-sauced meat. It is a total mess that disintegrates as you eat it, but the most delicious mess imaginable!

What to Eat
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Pork ribs
Pork ribs
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Pork Sandwich
Pork Sandwich
Interstate's pork bbq sandwich!
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Barbecue Bologna Sandwich
Barbecue Bologna Sandwich
A close up of the bbq baloney. In a city of good bbq baloney sandwiches, this is one of the best.
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Barbecue Spaghetti
Barbecue Spaghetti
Only in Memphis: barbecued spaghetti. The menu here also lists the local favorite, barbecued salad.
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Sampler Platter
Sampler Platter
As a rule, we find Sampler Platters frustrating. There's always something you want much more of -- in this case the magnificent chopped barbecue -- and other things you could live without (the too-chewy beef ribs). Still, for those who need to sample some of everything, this immense platter is a good choice. That's a hot link at the very top of the pile to the right.
Interstate Bar-B-Q, Sock It To Me Cake
Sock It To Me Cake
For dessert, the iced lemon pound cake, a.k.a. Sock It To Me Cake.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11 am - 7 pm
Monday11 am - 10 pm
Tuesday11 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11 am - 10 pm
Thursday11 am - 11 pm
Friday11 am - 12 am
Saturday11 am - 12 am
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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