Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master’s touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy the Picassos of the pit with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$35 for a barbecue dinner for two (up to a $74.35 total value)
$69 for a barbecue dinner for four (up to a $148.70 total value)
- One appetizer per pair (up to a $9.95 value each), such as crispy fried oysters
- One entree per person (up to a $23.95 value each), such as pulled pork shanks or Texas beef brisket
- One beer per person (up to an $8.25 value each)<p>
Click here to see the menu. Memphis Mae’s BBQ Bistro is closed on Mondays.
Memphis Mae's BBQ Bistro
At Memphis Mae's BBQ Bistro, owners Andreas Nowara and Jeff Matros are rewriting the barbecue gospel. They've crossed out a number of popular myths—that barbecue joints should be shrouded in smoke, that barbecue puritans only cook in the style of a single region, and that those who divulge secret recipes should be cooked themselves—in favor of a more chic and diverse sauce hot spot. Their dining room emulates a crisp bistro, and their menu traverses several Southern states, listing Texas beef brisket alongside Carolina pulled pork and Memphis ribs. They don't limit themselves solely to barbecue staples, either. Comfort foods such as Mississippi catfish and chicken-fried steak appease patrons who might not want to get their hands dirty, and vegetarian options include smoked portobello mushrooms and "pasties" filled with sautéed vegetables.
Their eclectic approach has hardly canceled out down-home prep, however. The kitchen's wood smokers infuse meats with flavor 24 hours a day, passing on zesty notes from pecan and hickory logs. The beer is likewise carefully brewed, arriving from Dogfish Head, Duvel, and other craft companies. In maintaining this delicate balance between strict tradition and inclusivity, Memphis Mae's BBQ Bistro has cemented a savory reputation. The restaurant has catered the New York Yankees' opening-day celebration and was later featured in the New York Times which praised its brunch and catalog of sides, which contains drunken yams, peach applesauce, and none of "the usual throwaways or fillers that most barbecue joints offer."