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Central BBQ

#16 of 1,283 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 - 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: 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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  • 551
    Excellent
  • 295
    Very good
  • 122
    Average
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
What a pleasure of a meal

Having had a shockingly bad Memphis BBQ experience elsewhere we were very pleased with the delicious fare on offer at this place. Great value, great service, great food and a novel, informal experience. Highly recommended

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, England
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, England
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87 reviews 87 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Having had a shockingly bad Memphis BBQ experience elsewhere we were very pleased with the delicious fare on offer at this place. Great value, great service, great food and a novel, informal experience. Highly recommended

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Winfield, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Central is Memphis BBQ at its best. If I had to choose one place in Memphis to eat BBQ it would be Central. Other places might get more attention but Central is as good as it gets.

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Tucson, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Central BBQ is a quiet giant of BBQ in Memphis. They don't advertise like the other BIG BBQ places, but their food is better! Juicy moist ribs with great sides - crisp fries and the beans had layers of flavor. Another sign was the heated BBQ sauce kettles - the difference in temperature is amazing! Pulled pork was moist -... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Central BBQ is the real deal. Awesome BBQ in a hole in the wall setting. A must for visitors and residents alike!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I love centrals ! Came while visiting from out of town.. The service was friendly and food was good , I got sliders.

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tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I love all versions of Memphis BBQ but Central is our go-to spot. The line may be long and it might be hard to get a table (which indicate others agree with me) but the food is well worth the wait. We go to the location on Central generally, and the downtown location seems fine. We haven't done Summer Ave.... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Memphis is known for the best BBQ in the world. Central BBQ is by far one of the greatest in Memphis to experience that. Whether you are near Memphis State or on Beale Street the smells wafting through the area fling a craving on you. Go to Central, you will be glad you did.

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Independence,MS
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I got a pork bbq sandwich plate,large,and it was plenty,this coming from someone that can eat. The bbq was good,no fat or gristle (sp),the side items were good,beans ans fries. They screw you on the drink unless you dine in,its the size of a childrens drink,one size and thats it. As a whole though its good Memphis BBQ,nice sized portions... More 

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Bartlett
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This review is for their Summer Ave. location only !!! The last time I visited the Central ave. location the pork sandwich plate was very good. That was 3 years ago. That being said, the last visit my girlfriend & I made to Central BBQ summer ave was not a pleasant one. I ordered ribs & my girl had pork... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As you will quickly learn, most people in Memphis have their own ideas about what the best BBQ in town is. Though Central is not my absolute favorite, it has two things above the rest: the best pulled pork and awesome mac and cheese (mostly because of their seasoning). Their sausages aren't bad, the ribs are to be expected of... 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?