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Central BBQ Summer

4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 767-4672
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Ranked #194 of 1,265 restaurants in Memphis
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood
Most recent review
- Aug 14, 2014
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48 reviews from our community

70% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 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
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
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
20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Abingdon, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great food, excellent service and reasonably priced. When looking for the best Pork BBQ in Memphis, Central just can't be missed. All of the staff was friendly and helpful, food was served timely and hot. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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Fort Knox, Ky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We rented the party room for approx. 50 people. The service as great as well as the food. No complaints here!

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Plainfield, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We really enjoyed the selection of food and the atmosphere. We had a wonderful visit with the staff. This is a good family situation. It also has a bar separate from the family section which I liked very much.

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