Central BBQ (Downtown)

Central BBQ
147 E. Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 672-7760

Dear Central BBQ,
I am so excited that you have joined the downtown dining scene.  Your new restaurant is just gorgeous with it’s polished concrete floors, sparkling open-view kitchen, and self-serve sauce station.  However, I can’t help but wonder what happened to the smoked wings. They shrunk!  I mean seriously, a standard dinner roll should not be larger than a whole chicken wing (see picture bellow).  I sure hope your chicken vendor is not charging you full price for these wings, because otherwise you have been robbed my friend.  Also, I have to tell you… the wings at your Central Ave location are consistently great, but these downtown wings were a little dry.  Maybe it’s the size of the wing that caused the dry-out, because I would be willing to bet they were prepared with the same amount of cooking time as a regular-sized whole wing would require.  Thus, it would make sense that they may have been unintentionally overcooked.  This is just a suggestion, but please don’t be so stingy with the sauce.  I ordered the hot wings and I felt the need to ask for extra sauce since there was hardly any sauce on my wings at all.  The smokey flavor was there but no heat.  Kudos to the employee who offered to take the wings back to the kitchen so that they could be sauced again.  I declined because I didn’t really see that as necessary seeing as how I could easily dip my wings in the side of sauce she gave me.

Regrettably, this introduction to your downtown location left me disappointed.  Chances are good that if I ever visit again I will order something else for fear of a repeat experience.  I sincerely hope that your Central Avenue location is producing the same great wings they have always served.  I’ll have to check on that soon.

Hot Sauce

P.S.  The ribs were awesome!

Rating: **

Smoked Hot Wings from Central BBQ Downtown Memphis

Disappointing smoked hot wings from the new Central BBQ downtown location. Look how small they are! They were also dry and needed more sauce.


Double J Smokehouse and Saloon

Double J Smokehouse and Saloon
124 G E Patterson Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 347-2648

The Double J Smokehouse and Saloon is a relatively new restaurant in the South Main district of downtown Memphis.  It has been open less than a year and already has a loyal following.

It may come as no surprise, given the name, that this is a BBQ and steak joint.  Wings were not a part of the original menu when Double J first opened it’s doors.  I was there on opening night and I ordered the pork steak (no longer on the menu) and I feel in love with the strong smokey flavor and aroma.  I visited several times over the next few weeks and tried just about everything on the menu.  I officially declared myself The Double J’s biggest fan.  Then something fabulous happened.  They added hot wings to the menu, and you can bet I was first in line to try them out.

The wings at the Double J Smokehouse and Saloon are smoked, flash fried, and tossed in a mild habenero wing sauce that is made in house.  Although these hot wings are not classic-style wings, I can’t help but enjoy them. The combination of smoke and habenero make for a very pleasing experience that is a welcome deviation from classic wings, at least for this chicky.

Rating: ****

Smoked hot wings from Double J

Smoked hot wings at the Double J Smokehouse and Saloon. Not classic wings, but I certainly approve.