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Central BBQ Summer

4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 767-4672
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Ranked #185 of 1,268 Restaurants in Memphis
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood
Most recent review
- Sep 14, 2014
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Pensacola, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I was in the area on business and I knew Memphis was known for its ribs. I read a couple online reviews of the numerous ribs joints in the area and decided on Central BBQ. I was definitely not disappointed. The prices were very reasonable. We got our food less than 5 minutes after we ordered. The ribs were definitely... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Well for starters the brisket and BBQ chicken was dry as a bone... tasted like they warmed up some leftovers from this past weekend... this is Monday. My daughter wanted to go here for her birthday lunch. The cheese and sausage tray was decently average... maybe the one on Central ave. Is better...

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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It is hard to find a bad BBQ restaurant in Memphis. Central delivers. Went to this one after the University of Memphis football game and there were lots of fans there. As they say, if the parking lot is full, it's a good sign.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Let me start out by saying this WAS my favorite BBQ restaurant in Memphis until I was saw disrespected by the catering manager on the phone- Wednesday, the 13th. I called there on Tuesday to talk to someone about using their big room for a class reunion that I am hosting. We had it there last year, and honestly had... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Well I've heard about the great BBQ in Memphis, so I checked out Central according to the reviews I read. So let me tell you the green beans had no taste, the baked beans were semi tasty,the BBQ nachos were great, but the ribs were not that great. I think I will stay with home BBQ instead.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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95 reviews 95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The brisket was tender and delicious. I also really liked the beans, but wasn't a big fan of the potato salad.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were not going to leave Memphis without eating BBQ. My husband and I went back and forth on which place to visit. We both agreed on Central. The hostess/order taker was not pleasant, so my choice of pulled pork sandwich was kind of shotgun. My husband ordered the ribs (after realizing that we aren't in KC anymore, and they... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Awesome. Get the BBQ Nachos, their homemade chips, or the mac-n-cheese. The service is very quick. Will likely get phone between 10-15 from when you order. You order when you walk in. Big screen tvs to watch sports and separate rooms for parties.

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Lillington, NC
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23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Visiting family in a nearby city they insisted we try this "Best of Memphis" BBQ location, of which there are three. The restaurant was rather unique to us, as they have a call ahead/take out area as you enter with large areas where you can sit and enjoy your take out meal on-site rather than take it elsewhere. Continuing on... More

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We tried the pork ribs "wet" and "dry" and fried chicken. Dry, the ribs let you appreciate the slow smoking; most people need some sweet barbecue sauce to moisten the ribs, so tourists should research the various BBQ sauces beforehand as I found no instruction in the restaurant. Wet, the smoked quality was camouflaged. I eyed the Crystal hot sauce... More

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