Memphis Fire Barbeque Company 905.930.7675 http://www.memphisfirebbq.com/ open daily (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
Weekend nights mean friendly chaos at this busy, unassuming room on the edge of Hamilton. Everyone is here to try the Popps family southern barbeque. The prices are reasonable and the comfort food menu is made totally from scratch with pure passion. The is a two drink maximum (beer or wine) to make sure things don’t get out of hand. Huge portions of food start whizzing by and I’m starting to drool. Ribs can run out in this kitchen so if your heart is set on them make sure to reserve them a few days ahead. Servers are pleasant, and the atmosphere is casual. The food , however, has left me undecided.
Tonight I must have the ribs! A full rack comes with two sides, my choice: ranch fries with a side of gravy and a chopped salad with a champagne and roasted garlic dressing. If you love fountain pop, welcome to heaven (sugary sweet, lightly carbonated). The salad is more of a coleslaw than a chopped salad, it is nicely dressed and the perfect astringent for the heavy ribs. The ranch fries are a standout and so is rich buttery gravy. I am extremely disappointed to say I’m not a fan of these ribs. The meat is so dry it tastes as though they smoked the fat right off the bones, and the sauce they are basted in tastes herbally-sweet.
A Chicago dog is a comfort food legend. This dog is dragged through the garden and comes with dill pickles, tomatoes white onion, house made sport peppers, yellow mustard and a pinch of celery salt to season.