So I want to love Commissary. I want it to be my favorite. It looks like a shack from outside, smells great from down the street, and just about always has a line out the door. I like that it’s just across the border of Memphis and is actually in Germantown so it’s a little further away from all the traditional favorites. I wanted to have my very own gem of a BBQ restaurant that not just everyone is willing to make the trek for.
I’ve had Commissary’s BBQ a couple of times and I’ve always liked it, but now the stakes are a little higher. Christopher and I are on this quest to find THE BEST BBQ in Memphis. That means the best BBQ nachos, the best BBQ sandwich, and the best ribs. So I’m not just asking myself if the food is good, but if it’s BETTER than all the places we’ve tried already. This is the same problem I ran into with Central BBQ a couple of months ago. It’s tasty, but it’s just not the best in my opinion.
The ribs were probably the biggest disappointment. At $16 for this half plate (the least expensive way to order ribs here) we were expecting something amazing. They were okay. Not bad by any means, but certainly not as good as Corky’s (which currently holds our favorite BBQ ribs title in Memphis). They lacked the smokey flavor that we’ve come to love in Memphis BBQ. The baked beans, however, were excellent! They had a tangy-mustard taste to them that was definitely unique and delicious.
The BBQ nachos were good. But when comparing them to Rendezvous (our current favorite BBQ nachos), they just don’t make the cut. The meat was a little mushy and the cheese had that slight chemical taste. Do you know what I mean? A lot of nacho cheeses have that chemically flavor to me. This unfortunately was one of them. But don’t get me wrong – I still ate half of it here and the rest for dinner the next day. It may not be the best in Memphis, but it was still good!
The onion rings were hands-down the best thing we ate at Commissary. They were fresh and piping hot and absolutely delicious! They are definitely the best onion rings we’ve had in the city of Memphis! YUM!
We’ve heard rave reviews about their sauce and BBQ seasoning, but we didn’t find either to be spectacular. Tasty yes, but not the best. It was a sweeter sauce, but lacked the depth of Corky’s & 3 Little Pigs or the tang of Rendezvous & Showboat.
So yes, Commissary is good. They have yummy food and a faithful following (who wait, lined up, in the hot summer heat outside). But they aren’t our favorite. The onion rings and baked beans were excellent, but I wouldn’t stand outside and wait for them. If I get a craving for onion rings I’ll probably just put in an order to go and swing by to pick them up (we saw several people doing that which I definitely think is the way to go if you are local and don’t want to stand in the line)!
Have you had this experience where you think a restaurant is good, but it’s not AS good as your favorite? I’m not normally so nitpicky, but we are really trying to find the best of the best in our opinion. :)