Blues City Cafe is a Memphis staple, and I am a bit ashamed to say that I had never experienced this place before my visit a few weeks ago. Blues City Cafe is split into two separate areas: the restaurant and the blues club. You can have a good meal and listen to some good ol’ Memphis blues all in the same place.
A group of us went after a Grizzlies‘ playoff game, you know the one that went into triple OT and ended at around midnight? We were starving by the time we left, and Blues City Cafe was on the way back to the car and open.
Since there was a mass exodus from the FedEx Forum, this place filled up quick after we got there. Therefore, our service was slow, but understandably so. Our poor little server did not know what hit her.
For appetizers, we split the cheese and sausage plate and stuffed mushrooms with shrimp and crab meat. The cheese and sausage plate was decent, but not the best I had ever had. The stuffed mushrooms were delicious though! They were very tender and full of yummy juices.
For our meal, I got the three tamales. They were pretty average, but I liked them so I ate them.
Erin got the shrimp skillet, which was pretty good. It’s hard to mess up shrimp in a skillet, and Blues City did not for sure.
Matty C got the ribs, and Scott got the Best Meal on Beale, which is a “Combination Platter – 1/2 rack of our signature BBQ ribs and a Southern Fried Catfish filet served with coleslaw, new potatoes or steak fries, Texas toast and tarter sauce”. This is a meal big enough for two, or my boyfriend. Blues City Cafe is known for their ribs and catfish. Let me say, they were awesome. Matty C even raved about how awesome his Texas Toast was for a while.
Though Blues City Cafe is a Memphis classic, I will say that this place attracts more tourists than it does locals. This is why I have never been here. Every Memphian has their favorite BBQ joint, and usually they are the small hole-in-the-walls that Trip Advisor does not talk about. Blues City Cafe is great after you have tried other BBQ places.
Overall, after experiencing this place, I advise people to stick to what they do best. Get the ribs and catfish, but ignore everything else on the menu. It’s great for a bite to eat after a long night on Beale.