I've been a huge fan of the Bar-B-Q Shop for years but I haven't been back since starting my barbecue quest. The restaurant is located in the heart of Midtown and combines a cozy atmosphere and extremely courteous and efficient table service with some of the best barbecue in the city. In fact, for traditional Memphis-style dry ribs I'd still put Bar-B-Q Shop in my current top three with Jack's and Leonard's. The paprika-based rub is so good I barely used any sauce, even though the house-made sauces at the Bar-B-Q Shop are outstanding. The hot is truly hot and even the mild has a nice kick to it. I've heard complaints about the overly-sweet glaze on the wet ribs, but since I prefer the dry rub that is traditional to Memphis ribs I wouldn't recommend them anyway. Besides tasting great, a good dry rub is generally far healthier than most wet sauces, which can be full of sugar. An hour after my meal at the Bar-B-Q Shop, which left me completely full, my blood sugar was only 109.
I didn't eat any of the Texas Toast that came with this order, but I used to love the Bar-B-Q Shop's pulled pork sandwich that is served on it back when I ate a lot more bread.
The prices can seem a little high, but my $16 order of ribs had a tremendous amount of meat on them. And they perfectly represent the texture great ribs are supposed to have. They don't "fall off the bone." They are tender, but still meaty and chewy. If the ribs don't seem like enough food for your money you can always spend a little more for the Bar-B-Q Shop Special that is guaranteed to make you feel like a swollen tick. For $23.95 the special brings you ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, barbecue spaghetti, baked beans, slaw and Texas Toast and it should leave even the most gluttonous diner in physical pain. Approach it with appropriate respect and fear.
The beans and slaw at the Bar-B-Q Shop are also solidly good examples and my wife is a fan of their barbecue spaghetti. In fact, I've never had anything from the restaurant that didn't taste great.