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Central BBQ

#16 of 1,291 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Cooper Young Community Association
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
(901)272-9377
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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  • 584
    Excellent
  • 311
    Very good
  • 129
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great barbecue and sides

I went here on a Friday afternoon for a private lunch event. The chicken bbq, cole slaw, and tea were very good. It's close to the Civil Rights Museum.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
RWAJ08
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
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Portland, Oregon
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226 reviews 226 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I went here on a Friday afternoon for a private lunch event. The chicken bbq, cole slaw, and tea were very good. It's close to the Civil Rights Museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Really good ribs! best I've maybe ever had. Not too pricey and staff were nice. I don't think my hangover from dancing round Beale St the night before has influenced this. Pulled pork is fab too.

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New Braunfels, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped here on our way to Little Rock. We wanted to try as much as we could, so we got the pulled pork plate and combo plate with 3 meats (we chose smoked turkey, brisket and pulled chicken). Out of all the meats, we LOVED the smoked turkey, it was beyond amazing. The pulled pork was wonderful too. My husband... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

A little off the beaten path but the best BBQ in Memphis. Wish I had gone here before wasting a trip to the Rendezvous. Simple service, fairly priced and worth a trip back again. They do it right here! Top rated for a reason and suggest you go here if looking for the best.

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Livingston
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by local people. We live in an area that has really good barbeque so I didn't have extremely high expectations for a new restaurant. However, I must say this meat literally melted in my mouth; it was that tender. The food was fresh and delicious. The restaurant was very clean and the service was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

wonderful food and experience. enjoyed the ribs and sides. Adjacent to the Civil Rights museum and good place to go to after seeing wonderful exhibits

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Los Angeles, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Don't freak out about the line to get in! Moves fast! The pulled pork was the best! Get the coleslaw and turnip greens and you got a meal! A must is to go to the condiment station and squirt the BBQ sauces and the mustard sauce. That mustard sauce is amazing. Tastes like a combo of regular yellow mustard with... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We had lunch at this restaurant as it was recommended over the most famous BBQ restaurant in Memphis. The line was out the door and around the corner though it moved very fast. We were expecting to have the best BBQ of our lives and it was no better (or worse) than other BBQ places around the country. Fairly dumpy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Needed to get my rib fix before I left town. Did not disappoint! Meaty and well done with a nice "bark" on top. Would definitely recommend. Right across from the Civil Rights museum.

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Louisville, KY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Laid back atmosphere with good ribs and friendly service. Do try a local beer to wash it down. Central BBQ gets top rating in Memphis in one poll. I believe it was the best of the three places I have been to in Memphis. If you are an antique shopper this is a good spot for lunch as there are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: (901)272-9377

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?