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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
(901)272-9377
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Ranked #19 of 1,270 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

3rd visit here and will certainly come back! The dry rub 1/2 rack of ribs are plenty and just amazing! No words can describe the treat your senses get when you pull up in the parking lot.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Me and the family stopped here on our way down south. Everything was really good no complaints at all. The thing that absolutely blew my mind was a smoked sausage link. Very possible that that sausage link was the best smoked meat I have ever had and I love BBQ and have had quality smoked BBQ all over the country.

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Marietta, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I stopped here on the way back from Dallas and had the dry rubbed ribs. Best ribs I've ever had. I paired them with a bottle of Schlafly pale ale. It's only a few minutes off of I 40.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My favorite of all the BBQ in Memphis for "wet" BBQ. Nobody has the vinegar and the mustard sauce - and the meat is tender and delicious. You don't go here for atmosphere - but for mouth-watering BBQ!! Hands down - they also have THE best onion rings in town - but their mac and cheese and homemade chips are... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We were in town for the St Jude Marathon and went here for dinner after the race. The food was TOPS, and the people working there were very friendly. The food came out fast, and there were eight of us. I practically inhaled the pulled pork - it was soooo good. My wife had the pulled chicken, and the friend... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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261 reviews 261 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
521 helpful votes 521 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This establishment sits across the street from the Civil Rights Museum. You can definitiely tell you are near a barbeque place by the smell permeating the air. When you enter through the door, you place your order at the window and are then handed a number to be placed on your table, so that they can bring you your order.... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I always get the half chicken now after I was introduced to it by my Louisiana friends. Always moist and tender and the mild BBQ sauce is so good, we actually drink it out of the little cups if there's any left. They have such sweet, friendly, wonderful people working there, and they are always so nice to us. They... More 

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Cleona, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Enjoyed dinner here with friends - was excited after hearing much about REAL Memphis barbecue. And it was good - I had the three meat platter: chicken, brisket and pulled pork - but not the FANTASTIC that I was expecting. A real family joint though - with an authentic feel - wooden floors , free refills on drinks and good... More 

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Llanca, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

First time in Memphis, went downtown looking for BBQ. Local asked me if I was looking for food, then told me that Central was where the locals went. Went to the one on Central of course. It's small, cozy, simple. Friendly staff, great food. My family is from NW Tenn, so the vinegar based sauce is part of my heritage.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was an awesome spot - locals are lining up too! The menu is great....ribs are a must! My husband had the pulled pork nachos which were tasty! There are different sauces to help yourself to...no frills down home eating!

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Additional Information about Central BBQ

Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
Phone Number: (901)272-9377
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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