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Blues City Cafe

138 Beale Street

Blues City Cafe opened in March of 1991 under the name of "Doe's Eat Place". Doe's was originated in Greenville Mississippi by owners Charles and Dominic (Doe) Signa. George Eldridge was brought in as the owner in Memphis and ran Doe's for 2 years during a push for business in downtown Memphis, particularly Beale Street. In the early 90's, Blues City Cafe developed a menu and consistent items that would work for the Memphis and Beale Street locals, tourists, etc. Ribs became the focal point, as they are today, and other items were added over the years, such as our steaks, catfish and tamales. In October of 1993, investors bought Doe's and changed the name to Blues City Cafe. Many of the same faces that were with Doe's in the early 90's remain at Blues City Cafe today. Ty Agee and Bud Chitton for example, their consistency and constant drive to better our food quality and speed of service have made Blues City Cafe what it is today,  The #1 business at the #1 tourist attraction in Tennessee.


Sharon Catlin

Monday, July 16, 2018
Was the best place ever! The steak was out of this world it just melted in your mouth. The price was a little pricey but it was well worth it. The waitress was very good she made sure we had everything we needed. The cook sure knew how to cook, the music was very nice and relaxing while we ate. This is definitely a must stop in place and enjoy some wonderful steak you will be happy you did.

Rob Evory

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Only in town for one night but this place had the best music we saw anywhere on the Beale. We got there around 6 and didn’t have to wait or pay a cover. We stayed for about two hours and thought we should check out the street and some other spots. By far this had the best bluesy atmosphere without being overly crowded or touristy. The food was mostly good. The greens were amazing being smoky and spicy. The catfish was too muddy and kinda bland. The tartar sauce that came with it was mostly mayo and not very good. And though the ribs where slightly over cooked, not burnt, but the meat was falling off the bone instead of pulling off the bone (the distinction is important), the flavor was good and it made me happy. So I would say 5 stars for atmosphere, 3 stars for food and extra points for good service and cold drinks.

Marisha Garland

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
It's just o.k. Had the gumbo and the best part was the spice. The Texas toast wasn't buttered and the beans were cold. The catfish and ribs were good. The service was lacking. We had to flag our waiter and we sat for so long waiting to find him a bus boy brought us a container. The bus boys are good at their job. The apple crumb is good but its covered in butter. Not bad but I wouldn't go back.

Fred Becker

Monday, July 9, 2018
Fantastic lunch ... wonderful counter host. We started talking and could easily have stayed all afternoon. Wife has some food allergies and they were wonderful to ensure each and every ingredient. It is a fairly simple looking diner as you come in... But far exceeded every expectation after first glance. I had the ribs, and highly recommend them (lean, meat very flavorful and tender, and wonderful sauce... Not to spicy or overcome by vinegar, just right)

Dee White

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ribs and catfish = great as always! This is an old favorite when dining downtown. On a recent visit with out of town friend we had the traditional favorites. No disappointment on the juicy ribs or perfectly done catfish. Side item of new potatoes was a welcome option to French fries. Side items of slaw and baked beans are in tiny plastic cups, should be a bit larger. Service was uncharacteristically slow for early afternoon on a week day with several empty tables. Nevertheless for those of you who haven't been here, I highly recommend giving it a try.

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