Pork Rib Tips -- Tom's Barbeque and Deli, Memphis, TNTom's Barbeque and Deli
|Please Be Gentle on Us, Tom|
To say we're not hungry upon entering Tom's would be an understatement, which leads to yet another awkward conversation between Vodka and the workers, when they are flummoxed as to why we wouldn't want more food.
|Please Allow Us to Show You Our Five-Page Color-Coded Itinerary, and Maybe You'll Understand|
"Can we get the pork rib tips?"
|It's Like the Who's on First of BBQ Pork Tip Conversations|
Vodka is then handed a plate with three strips of charred meat and an accompanying side of barbeque sauce, which she dutifully brings to the cashier.
|Or At Least We'll Pretend It's 5 Stars Until We Leave|
Assembling at one of the tables, which seem suspiciously like pieces bought half-price at a lawn furniture sale, it takes us a while to figure out how to consume said rib tips.
|Deck Furniture Without the Deck|
The bones themselves are doused with a generous helping of dry rub, with just the barest amount of meat visible on each piece.
|Okay, Soooo... How Do We Eat This?|
We eventually figure out how to pull the sections apart and begin dunking it in the sauce before scraping the meat off with our teeth.
|Now We Understand the Toothbrush Machine Stationed at the Exit|
On the one hand, we find the tips a good alternative to ribs themselves, which often seem like too heavy a meal to consume on their own. But on the other hand, they're just not that great.
|Also, Even Without All of the Other Bones We've Chewed on Today, They're Not That Appetizing to Look At|
Diet Coke takes all of one bite, Vodka takes about five, while Whiskey Sour, never one to turn down a free meal, takes care of the rest. The workers circle around every once in a while to get our thoughts, and considering this is the first meal in nearly 250 blog entries that we have been given for free (that is, without complaining to the management first), we would give the service itself a solid 5 stars.
|Call Us Ungrateful, but We Have Our Standards|
In the end, Diet Coke gets up to purchase a Sprite, and we assume that the staff at Tom's is judging us heavily. But because people in Memphis are kinder than we are, they keep their mouths shut, and accept a plate full of empty rib tips as their only payment.
Tom's Barbeque and Deli's Pork Rib Tips: 3 stars