Memphis Blues – Elvis Is In The BBQ House

After the Facebook Developer Garage, we headed out to Memphis Blue BBQ House for some good old southern BBQ (we being myself, Sarah, Greg Morgan, Gary from BlueFur, Rainer from Think Referrals and Cathy from C2 Design).

I discovered Memphis a few years back and have been hooked on their food ever since. During one period, myself and some friends would go to Memphis Blues every Friday for a plate BBQ beef brisket and pull pork. The prices are inexpensive and the portions are huge. You definitely get your money’s worth at Memphis Blue. By far the best place in Vancouver for BBQ.

Memphis Blue isn’t really fine dining. It’s more like messy dining at its finest. Eating with your hands is not only allowed, it’s encouraged.

Elvis Is In The House


Since we had six people for this little BBQ outing, we ordered up the Elvis Platter. This is a BBQ feast fit for the King himself. The Elvis Platter offers every meat plus all the fixins’. It’s a perfect way to sample BBQ. There’s pork ribs, rib ends, sliced brisket, pulled pork, Cornish game hen and smoked sausage. Fixins’ include pit beans, slaw, potato salad, corn bread and a secret BBQ sauce.

At $64, the Elvis Platter is not cheap but when you divide that by six people, it becomes damn economical. The only feast bigger than the Elvis is The Priscilla, which has even more meat than the Elvis; plus oysters, shrimp and catfish. Feeds approximately 10-12 people and cost $120. On a per person basis, it doesn’t get much better than Memphis Blues.

If you ever come to Vancouver, your visit would not be complete without a trip to Memphis Blues BBQ House. Tell them John Chow sent you and they may put you to the front of the line (that is, if the owners are there).

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42 thoughts on “Memphis Blues – Elvis Is In The BBQ House”

  1. Gary Jones says:

    Was great food. I will definitely be going back.

    1. When? Next week? Tomorrow? Just let me know, next time it’s gonna be the Priscilla Platter!

  2. Just looking at all that grease and fat makes me feel sick πŸ™

    1. James Wilcox says:

      I had the same reaction…for 6 people it’s a good price but it’s all meat n starch…I couldn’t do it.

    2. lyricsreg says:

      That stuff will kill you, and it will be a slow and painful death

  3. I was in Vancouver during May and can agree that this place is amazing! I’ll definitely be going back there.

    1. David says:

      I agree!! This place is amazing!! And…I live in Vancouver…maybe I’ll go tomorrow :mrgreen:

  4. Barbecue is yummy!

    If you ever find yourself in the Austin, TX area, try The Salt Lick. That was some darn fine BBQ! Of course, Texas is full of great BBQ.

    Oh, and by the way, The Salt Lick in the Red Rock Casino/Hotel in Vegas is the same people, but we didn’t find the food to be as good. Something about eating BBQ in Texas Hill Country that just makes it taste better!

    Now that we are hungry, we must go find something to eat! πŸ˜†

  5. If you continue eating in that way, maybe you have to expend all your blogging’s earnings in your health. Be careful with your heart!

  6. Khai says:

    Hmm, wish they served this in Malaysia… πŸ˜₯

  7. Udonis says:

    Everytime you go to a restaurant do you always drop the domain or how does it come up?

    1. David says:

      John Chow is a celebrity!! He doesn’t need to drop names…everyone recognizes him…haha

  8. That looks really good! Too bad it’s not the healthiest thing in the world. πŸ˜₯

  9. scribblewiki says:

    There takeout for a party is awesome, no turning on the BBQ for people coming over and you can feed people a bunch of food for like $7 a person, and still have some leftovers.

  10. Frank C says:

    Real Elvis food is a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. More fat in one sandwich than in that entire plate of BBQ. 😯 πŸ™‚

    1. James Wilcox says:

      at least there was some fruit in that sandwich…

  11. Wow, great food. Have you tried Armadillos? I don’t know if they have it in Canada…

  12. great008 says:

    mmm tasty!! how come you didnt review it this time??? i love those reviews, you should become a food critic john!! keep up the good work!!

  13. Lincoln says:

    Yummy yum yum yummy yum yummy yum yum! πŸ˜›

    Yum. πŸ˜€

  14. Hooooly sh*t. You dudes know how to eat over there!

  15. Shawn Knight says:

    Good stuff, hopefully they are doing Memphis proud with the bbq! If you are ever in the Memphis area, we will have to go to Corkys, the south’s premier bbq restaurant. Or even better, you can have it delivered to your door via Fedex overnight!

    I encourage you to try it and even review it! It’s the best by far πŸ™‚

  16. Starfeeder says:

    Dude you’re going to have a Heart attack!

  17. nemrut says:

    lol…man call that ‘heart attack on a plate’ for only $75 bucks and will add a colonic to clean those pipes!

    how did you feel that guy in ‘Fast Food Nation’ who ate only McDs for a month? he broke out in a cold sweat after a double quarter pounder, supersize fries and

  18. Laibiz says:

    Here in the South we have a lot of good BBQ restaurants. You need to try the Country’s BBQ. They have the best, and all you can eat BBQ chicken on Tuesday nite.The other is Smokey Bones but they are a little high.

    1. Yeah, I agree, I think Texas or any of South states have some really good BBQ. Will you invite us? haha… maybe if you are a multi-millionarie… 😎

  19. All that meat…. like some carnivorous dream. I’m telling you, just looking at that picture made me salivate. Never mind the health hazards, spend the next two days gymming or starving or detoxing or whatever. Bon appetite mon ami !!

  20. Memphis to people of my generation is like Mecca. Yes, the food there is amazing. Though it has been a while since I went there, your post has triggered off a lot of nostalgia. To name a restaurant Memphis Blues must have given a lot of traffic from people like me.

  21. John even by your standards that’s some fatty looking food. As long as it’s not every day and you pound the gym then where’s the harm? We’re heading over the Atlantic next year and I can’t wait to get stuck in, food here is always expensive and mostly disappointing!

  22. Dandruff says:

    I am a BIG FOODIE !!!!
    John I really wait for your food posts. I think the platter looks preety tempting. I think you must invite all your readers also one day for a great lunch. πŸ™‚

  23. that’s a lot of food John, but you work out so you should be in good shape. Now for the average joe …

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  25. Domtan says:

    Those look really tasty, and nauseating at the same time. But mostly the former.

  26. Mike says:

    OMG!!! Look at that plate of food!! I’m so jealous, and now hungry! :mrgreen:

  27. Daniel says:

    Not to offend the $80 burgers or $500 Asian Cuisine you have previously posted, but I have to say that with a couple of cold beers the Elvis meal looks just unbeatable!!

    Im coming to Vancouver in spring and WILL have the plate!

  28. warzone says:

    You might end up being fat man!

  29. lvcjmac says:

    I’ve eaten there before, and you feel like you’re going to have that heart attack as soon as you walk out of there. That being said, the food is fantastic. I’ll be back again real soon, the food is outstanding…lvcjmac

  30. Wahlau.NET says:

    time to feast….looks good and yummy

  31. You definitly should come to portugal and taste some fish we have over here john! πŸ˜‰

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