Commissary – Memphis – BBQ – Matt Booth

memphis commisaryWhen I walked into the Commissary, I tried to do so without unreasonable expectations, but I couldn’t do it. For one, I was in the BBQ mecca, Memphis Tennessee. Secondly, I had been told to go to this place by a friend who’s opinion on food I trust very much. I was a little nervous that I was on my way to a tourist trap, but it was obviously not so when I arrived, and my expectations became unreasonable before I even sat down. In the end, the Commissary exceeded all of my expectations.

The restaurant is fairly small, and staffed by people who don’t seem to care. They do…and that is shown by their food and efficiency, but the initial feel is non-welcoming. In the end, it works, and it makes me wish all barbecue places operated like this. You get the service and food that you want, without all the learned lines that they say to every table in hopes of giving the restaurant a homey feel. This place just is, they don’t try to be anything. I like that.

The food was the best barbecue I’ve every had! I’ve thought about this a few days before typing those words because I didn’t want to overstate it, but its true. The tea was sweet and refreshing. I ordered a pulled barbecue pork plate and it came with a deviled egg that Tennessee BBQwas fantastic. The bread was toasted just right, and the baked beans had pulled pork in them and a kind of mesquite taste. With every bite I tried to figure out what it was and couldn’t, but they were really good. And the pulled pork…well…it deserves its own paragraph.

It was very difficult to find any fat, so they did their job when pulling it. Because of that, the pork was not as juicy as fat laden pork, but it wasn’t dry either. They put the right amount of sauce on it to offset the absence of fat, and cooked it so it was slightly crispy on the edges. I was in heaven. I’m lucky in that I get to travel to Memphis every month or two, but its going to take me longer than I had hoped to visit all the good barbecue joints because I’ll have to spend at least one meal at the commissary. One last thing…

I was in a great mood after I finished my meal so I got desert. I went with the homemade banana pudding. It came in a small colander dish with ingredients so chunky you could pick each one out. Large bits of banana and vanilla wafer, a creamy banana sauce and a spiral of whipped cream on top. Yes, it was awesome. An interesting way of serving it and so freakin good. A perfect way to end the best pulled pork barbecue plate I’ve ever had.

2290 S Germantown Rd
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 754-5540

2 Responses to “Commissary – Memphis – BBQ – Matt Booth”

  1. on 03 Mar 2009 at 2:11 pm James

    I am definitely going to check it out!

  2. on 24 Jun 2012 at 4:12 pm Mark S

    This place is exactly as you say. The food is awesome, the atmosphere laid back…..I loved it!!!! I will go back a second time soon!

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