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Interstate Bar-B-Q

2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN - (901) 775-2304
A modest pork house serving four-star ribs, shoulder meat, sausages, and bologna with all the proper fixins, including addictive 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.
83% Approval Rating (42 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Pork Sandwich
Potato Salad
Pork ribs
Barbecue Spaghetti
Pork Barbecue Plate
Ribs
Barbecue Bologna Sandwich
Sampler Platter
Baked Beans
Sock It To Me Cake

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
" 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, ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN
(901) 775-2304

http://www.interstatebarbecue.com/

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
Jane meant to order a rib dinner ($8.50), but asked for a rib platter ($17.75) instead. She got this rather large formation of pork ribs that we did our best to denude of all meat. On the side were large bowls of bright yellow slaw, smoky beans, and barbecue spaghetti.
"Jane meant to order a rib dinner ($8.50), but asked for a rib platter ($17.75) instead. She got this rather large formation of pork ribs that we did our best to denude of all meat. On the side were large bowls of bright yellow slaw, smoky beans, and barbecue spaghetti."
Michael Stern





Interstate's pork bbq sandwich!
"Interstate's pork bbq sandwich!"
Cliff Strutz


As is the case at so many Southern barbecues, Jim Neely's Interstate is advertised by a happy pig.
"As is the case at so many Southern barbecues, Jim Neely's Interstate is advertised by a happy pig."
Michael Stern


As a rule, we find Sampler Platters slightly 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.
"As a rule, we find Sampler Platters slightly 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."
Michael Stern


Sitting in the dining room, you hear a constant thump coming from the kitchen. That is the sound of a cleaver hacking pork shoulder into these lovely shreds, available on a dinner plate or in a sandwich. In our opinion, this is the very best way to savor it.
"Sitting in the dining room, you hear a constant thump coming from the kitchen. That is the sound of a cleaver hacking pork shoulder into these lovely shreds, available on a dinner plate or in a sandwich. In our opinion, this is the very best way to savor it."
Michael Stern


Only in Memphis: barbecued spaghetti. The menu here also lists the local favorite, barbecued salad.
"Only in Memphis: barbecued spaghetti. The menu here also lists the local favorite, barbecued salad."
Michael Stern


A close up of the bbq baloney.  In a city of good bbq baloney sandwiches, this is one of the best.
"A close up of the bbq baloney. In a city of good bbq baloney sandwiches, this is one of the best."
Cliff Strutz


For dessert, the iced lemon pound cake, a.k.a. Sock It To Me Cake.
"For dessert, the iced lemon pound cake, a.k.a. Sock It To Me Cake."
Cliff Strutz


Piggy banks and figurines greet you at the front counter.
"Piggy banks and figurines greet you at the front counter."
Cliff Strutz


The walls of Jim Neely's place are covered with clippings from newspapers and magazines singing the restaurant's praises, as well as with this gallery of family portraits.
"The walls of Jim Neely's place are covered with clippings from newspapers and magazines singing the restaurant's praises, as well as with this gallery of family portraits."
Michael Stern


In a city of great pork barbecue, Interstate represents the peak of excellence.
"In a city of great pork barbecue, Interstate represents the peak of excellence. "
Michael Stern



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