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Tops Bar-B-Q, Memphis, Tennessee,
with Amy LaVere
Tops is the go-to eatery for the blues- and jazz-tinged trio led by Amy LaVere whenever they’re home from touring. The place was full of Back to the Future throwback charm: brightly colored molded plastic booths, wood paneling reminiscent of a rec room or an Elks lodge, and simple, no-frills presentation. Tops is inexpensive, reliable, quick, and tasty, serving up slow-cooked pork barbecue smothered in a tangy, tomatoey, brown-sugary sauce.
Amy LaVere’s latest album, Anchors & Anvils, is out on Archer Records.
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by Amy LaVere