I'd recommend two barbecue places: Rendezvous downtown and Corky's on Poplar Avenue. This is coming from a Kansas City native, so I KNOW barbecue. It'd be hard to pick a favorite between them, but Rendezvous has the down-home funky feel I look for. But, damn, Corky's is good, too, even though it's become a chain now. I hit both of them every time in Memphis.
If you're not familiar with Memphis-style dry ribs, be sure to order some. But if you're used to "wet" ribs you might want to get a split order. I love 'em either way, but many people are partisan.
For a one-of-a-kind barbecue experience in Memphis, try the barbecue pizza at Coletta's. You can get them to show you the table Elvis sat at when he went there. Most other barbecue pizzas are pretty phony. This one gets it about right -- that said, barbecue pizza in general is a bit of a failed concept, in my opinion.
Interstate Barbecue is pretty good, too, but I think you've got yourself covered with Corky's and Rendezvous. (Although Interstate has barbecue spaghetti, which is another unique taste.)
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