Memphis Championship BBQ Restaurant Review

Alright so it’s been a while since I’ve done a restaurant review, so I think it’s time to do a lot more!

Today, I’ll be sharing my review on Memphis BBQ.

So Memphis BBQ has been around for a while now and are pretty much all over the country. They are affordable and have won a ton of awards.

I love all things BBQ – sweet and tangy yet slightly spicy sauce,mouth-watering brisket, delectable juicy chicken, melt-your-mouth ribs and all the good homey sides. Mac and cheese, baked beans, mashed potatoes, I mean what’s not to love!? I always have to have a southern sweet tea, it’s very refreshing, the perfect amount of sweet and a great palate cleanser. And you know I love my dessert! Strawberry shortcake, bread pudding, pecan pie? I am all over that!

As I walked through the door, my mouth started to water. There is nothing that smells more enticing then slow cooked meat in a tangy bbq sauce! Unfortunately, I was left extremely unimpressed and disappointed!

Here’s my detailed review:

Decor: The restaurant was clean and the booths – comfortable. There is a lot of rock and wood involved in the decor, but overall nothing spectacular. Just you regular BBQ joint. 3 stars

Food: When you sit down, they bring out some warm rolls and some delicious whipped honey butter. I absolutely adore bread baskets and this one definitely did not disappoint. The bread was still warm, immensely soft and topped with some of the whipped butter, just absolutely heavenly!

We went in for a late lunch and since I wasn’t in the mood for something heavy, but still wanted to get my BBQ fix, I opted for their BBQ Chicken Salad.

I was hoping for a sumptuous salad with some juicy smothered with BBQ chicken, but it was very poorly executed. The salad itself consisted of mostly lettuce, 3 cherry tomatoes, 3 slices of onions, a pinch of shredded cheddar, store-bought croutons and chicken that was fairly undercooked and tasteless. I was expecting more bbq flavors shining through, but it completely lacked any flavor. It was a generous portion, but since the majority of the chicken was inedible, I got my moneys worth by eating the bread basket. The only thing that saved this salad was the ranch dressing (which I ordered on the side) and the extra bottle of BBQ sauce on the table to add more flavor.

My less-than-cooked chicken

My dad ordered their chicken wings with hot sauce and ranch dressing and he said he enjoyed them, but definitely not wowed by them.

My sister ordered their turkey dinner.It consisted of turkey breasts, gravy, french fries and baked beans. The turkey and gravy were tasty but awfully salty! The salt completely overpowered your palate and that is pretty much the only thing you could taste! She was greatly disappointed as well and didn’t finish her meal. The french fries were good, but were rather plain and desperately needed some more salt and spices. The baked beans were good, the brown sugar definitely came through and gave it some good flavor, but by any means were they fresh! There was a crust forming on top and they resembled canned baked beans.

Let’s talk about their BBQ sauce. I like my bbq sauce nice and thick, a little sweet from maple or brown sugar and with a little kick. Their BBQ sauce was completely runny and although the flavor was good, I don’t understand how they have won so many awards for it!? You can find a better BBQ sauce in your grocery store!

This is what you call sticky? A completely runny BBQ sauce?

For dessert, we ordered the strawberry shortcake to share and were quite happy with it. The cake was light and moist, the berries delicious and the whipped cream just tied everything together. It was a good dessert, but it definitely could not make up for the meal!                                                      2 stars

Drinks: We had their southern sweet tea and once again were terribly disappointed. Was it tea or water? There was barely any sweetness to it at all, the tea flavor was completely missing. We had to sweeten ours with plenty of splenda to be able to drink them.                                                 1 star

Noise: The restaurant was rather quiet with the only thing that gave it a little more aliveness was the train horn every now and then. Easy to hold conversation.            3 stars

Service: Our server was nice enough, but not by any means exceptional. When first seated, he greeted us awkwardly and then quite unentisuatically took our order. He at least checked on us a few times during our meal, but like I said he didn’t seem even a little bit excited to be there. I understand you are not entirely happy with your job, but at least try to fake it! Since I was taking pictures of everything, he asked me if I like to take pictures of food, and then I had to reveal that I am a food blogger. All of the sudden he got all nervous and asked “well how did we do?” I told him that he would just have to wait and see and left my card on the table.                                                                                                                                         2 stars

Price: Reasonably priced, they have a lot of lunch specials and deals. Also some locations offer military discounts.                                                                                              4 stars

Verdict: Bottom line is will I ever go back? The answer is definitely no. The one thing that completely turned me off was the undercooked chicken! Most food poisoning is in fact from poultry so you always need to make sure you cook chicken completely, that is the only way to destroy bacteria! I mean seriously you can get someone sick!                   Overall 2.5 stars

Well they are definitely not getting a trophy from me! Seriously, how did they win these?

Memphis Championship BBQ

2250 E Warm Springs

Las Vegas NV

(702) 260-6909

3 thoughts on “Memphis Championship BBQ Restaurant Review

  1. OK. I felt compelled to put on my reporter cap on this one and find out more about a place called “Memphis Championship Barbecue” that DOESN’T serve spaghetti as a side dish. (Sounds strange, but Memphis bbq joints offer it as a side dish.) Furthermore, I’m not so sure about the trophies and where they came from, but the signs over the door seem to imply that this place has won three world championships. If you look up Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-Off, you will find a cookoff in the Illinois town of the same name. The contest is sponsored by 17th Street BBQ — owned by the same company that owns Memphis Championship Barbecue. So, you decide… Is this place even for real? Obviously their food isn’t anything to write home about.

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