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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
(901)272-9377
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Ranked #18 of 1,251 restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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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
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
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English first
nw wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

After a recommendation received at the Visitor's Center, we arrived on a Sunday evening (3/23) and ordered a large slab of ribs-half wet, half dry to share between two of us. What a huge disappointment! The meat was so tough we could barely chew/pull it off of the bones. This meat was most definitely NOT slow-cooked! I have to say,... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to Memphis and we were really excited about trying authentic Memphis BBQ. We ordered a full slab done half and half, smoked pulled chicken and half order of BBQ nachos. Good staff and good atmosphere but the food was average at best. My ribs were dry, even on the end that had been mopped with... More

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Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My brisket sandwich was served dry and room temperature and even the warmed up sauces couldn't make it right. I'm sorry to say the packed precooked brisket from Walmart was better. I should have gotten the ribs which looked fabulous. The pulled pork sandwich served with slaw was very good. French fries were good also. There was a bit of... More

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Branson, Missouri, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Friendly staff served up some great BBQ. Plenty of food for the price and I loved the sauce. Laid back atmosphere with wonderful blues playing in the background.

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Took a trip to Memphis from Nashville several years ago for a BBQ tour, chose restaurants based on reviews of locals (and food network of course). This was one of our stops and now many BBQ restaurants and several years later (and I live here now) this is still my favorite. It's the sauce, the smoked flavor of the meat,... More

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Madisonville, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went in at 2 on a weekday so it was not crowded at all. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It took us a minute to decide what to order (kids are picky!) and they were very patient with us. My husband and I ordered a large pulled pork sandwich and it was easily a pound of meat!... More

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Naperville
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We visited their location next to the Civil rights museum last Saturday for lunch. It was the museum's grand reopening so we thought we would have to wait a long time to sit but we were able to find a seat. I came where the the ribs and oh man I was not disappointed. I got the full slab half... More

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Baltimore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Central was the first of several BBQ spots we visited during our trip, and the best. The atmosphere is down home and fun, and the staff is friendly. We had sandwiches, but the BBQ nachos looked great. Be sure to get an order of their homemade potato chips -- yummy! Also, get there early for lunch. It was packed when... More

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Norfolk, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

The beef brisket is melt in your mouth delicious, and the pork BBQ is the best I have tasted in this area. There are a variety of sauces to tempt your taste buds, and sO many different ways to experience this BBQ. Various combo platters, sandwiches... Great sides. The place has been packed each time we have gone, but it... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We went the location on Central's after reading the reviews on here and we loved the food! After being disappointed at a prior restaurant in Memphis, this was much-needed. I ordered the bbq nachos with chips and my husband ordered ribs. He tried different sauces they had available and liked them all but there was one in particular we both... More

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