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Central BBQ

#17 of 1,204 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Cooper Young Community Association
Sandwiches, Barbecue
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
(901)272-9377
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 611
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  • 330
    Very good
  • 134
    Average
  • 23
    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 BBQ

I had half dry & half wet. In central wet is best, but both are great. If you have the objective of trying the best ribs in Memphis this is one of the top for your list, depends on your taste which one you prefer (this is not my preferred)...

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Joaxos
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Mexico City, Mexico
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Milton DE
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was disappointed in the ribs,a little too dry and spicy for my taste. The sides were just ok. I had heard it was the best but I was disappointed. The slaw was tasteless and greens not seasoned enough for me. Sorry wanted to love it but just didn't.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I had half dry & half wet. In central wet is best, but both are great. If you have the objective of trying the best ribs in Memphis this is one of the top for your list, depends on your taste which one you prefer (this is not my preferred)...

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Alabama
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I had the wings three ways: dry rub, naked, and sweet heat. They were delicious with the sweet heat and dry being my favorites! Give Central BBQ a try, they do not disappoint. I can't wait to get back to Memphis!

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St. Louis, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Food was very good and service was speedy. Menu is a bit limited--ribs, pulled pork, BBQ beef, 1/2 chicken, sliced turkey and many sides. Mac+cheese is excellent. It was good value for the money. Portions were average and prices were average. There were two of us and one found the sauce that came on the meat was too spicy. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It was a great place for dinner, before we went to the Orpheum for a play. I love how they have a variety of food to pick from. Great for young folk and great for the adults...Smile

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Ocala, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Great Great Ribs, good char and the flavor awesome throughout. wasnt sure about the wings so had to try them and they were really good excellent job! Busy but good proccess for moving the line and the outdoor seating is great.

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Delicious! I had a pulled pork sandwich with a side of mac-n-cheese. Oh so good! The hot sauce is SO good!! Yes, yes, yes! We will definitely be back!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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61 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great place and worth standing in line. Seating is limited but they have an outdoor patio. Ordered the pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and the mustard sauce. Liked the finger in the slaw set up the flavor of the sauce. The sausage Sandwhich was average. BBQ potato chips are awesome

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

LOVED Central BBQ!! A friend recommended and we had the best BBQ in years! I had the BBQ Chef Smoked Pork Salad -- yes, smoked pork on a salad!! There was a TON of meat and it really worked with the salad greens and other veggies ... although there was so much meat that I had to just eat some... More 

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Elkridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The pulled pork sandwich is excellent. The Barbecue Nachos are great and the peanut butter pie is to die for! The sandwich is the perfect seasoned saucy pork served the traditional way with a dollop of slaw. Wonderful lunch, Top it off with a wonderful dessert: peanut butter pie. I normally think peanut butter pie is a little rich but... 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: Sandwiches, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?