Lillie's Q should be one of the best barbecue places in the city, if not the best. The pitmaster, Charlie McKenna, has been to Memphis in May several times, placed in the top 5 five years in a row, and actually came in 1st in 2007. Cooking in a competition and cooking in a restaurant though, are two different things and while he does well in competition, there is more to running a restaurant than making good food. I came for lunch one afternoon and was seated quickly at the bar. The place is very rustic as are many barbecue joints and really, it fits. While I was perusing the menu, I took a look at the beer list, which was pretty creative, and asked for a recommendation from the bartender who was very friendly and helpful. I started out with an IPA which was pretty good and not as bitter a typical IPA. After I ordered my barbecue, he bought me a tray of the sauces that they made and served. I tried all of them on their own and decided that I liked the Carolina Gold (Mustard based) and Carolina (tomato and vinegar) best. Ivory (a creamy pepper sauce) was very different. Most were very good, although I didn't care for the ENC (Eastern North Carolinan) which was a little too thin for my liking.
The barbecue here is very good, but ultimately, it is not my favorite. I will say though, that the service was very good and helpful, they have a better dessert list, and a liquor license, so this may actually now be my favorite barbecue place.