One visit to Martin’s Bar-B-Que and you will understand why Nashville was voted America’s Best City for Barbeque by Travel and Leisure. Martin’s Bar-B-Que has also received national attention from being featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives, The Food Network, Travel Channel, and The Today Show.
This uniquely Nashville dive arguably has the best barbeque in town and gives Nashvillians a taste of Memphis right here at home. With three convenient locations around town there is no excuse not to stop in!
All of the food – meat, sides, and sauces – are cooked fresh daily. Staff comes in at 5am everyday to begin preparing food for the crowd. Owner Pat Martin says, “we cook everything on our menu fresh for that very day with the goal of running out everyday.
That’s right, I want to run out of food everyday because it means you’ll never come into Martin’s and not get something that was made fresh for you. We don’t have a freezer. We don’t have a microwave. And most importantly, we don’t pre-cook anything and heat it back up. Fresh….every single day….no apologies.” If that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will.
Here’s the lowdown on the menu – there are essentially 5 meats to choose from: pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey, smoked sausage, and chicken. These meats can be served on a plate with sides, as a sandwich, or on a potato. If you can’t decide on a single meat, don’t fret. You can get a combination of meats from the Master Combos menu option. Martin’s also serves juicy ribs and wings.
The Redneck Taco is the most recognized Martin’s specialty dish. The name is a bit misleading as you can’t quite eat it taco style because it comes on their cornbread hoe-cake that is more like a burger (but don’t worry – it’s just as delicious as if it were shaped like a taco). The cornbread hoe-cake is topped with the guest’s choice of meat and then finished with slaw and sauce.
Once guests pick their meat, they must choose a sauce. There are six options guests can select from: Sweet Dixie (vinegar & tomato based), Southern Belle (sweet molasses & tomato based), Beach Road 12 (sweet vinegar & pepper based), Alabama White (tangy vinegar & mayo based), Devil’s Nectar (really, really hot!), and Memphis Dry (Memphis style). I highly recommend the Southern Belle.
As one would expect from a barbecue joint, Martin’s does not have waiter service; diners order their food at the counter. Yet, the staff comes around to check on guests and make sure everything is ok and see if they need anything, so you still get great service.
Martin’s also caters, so when you fall in love with their food they can cater your next event!
For an awesome uniquely Nashville barbecue experience, I recommend heading to Martin’s Bar-B-Cue as soon as you can. You won’t leave disappointed. I guarantee it!