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Central BBQ

#11 of 1,226 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
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Cooper Young Community Association
Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen
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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 763
    Excellent
  • 404
    Very good
  • 159
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bbq Nachos

I always get the bbq chicken nachos when I come here. It's so good. I've also tried other items such as the wings and sandwich but the nachos are my favorite!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
kclark2008
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Memphis, Tennessee
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I'm a fellow Tennesseean so I have plenty of friends that have visited Memphis and EVERYONE has a strong option about where to find the best BBQ. Hands down Central won out as the crowd favorite amongst my peers. What it good? Yes! Was in great? Unfortunately not. The ribs had a great flavor. We got 1/2 wet 1/2 dry... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I always get the bbq chicken nachos when I come here. It's so good. I've also tried other items such as the wings and sandwich but the nachos are my favorite!

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Montclair, New Jersey
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Two locals recommended this place and it was fantastic. The best BBQ we had in Tennessee. Tons of food choices, excellent prices!

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fort Wayne, IN
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is incredible. The line was wrapped around the building. Don't let that bother you, they get through the line quick. They have a system that works for them. We did dry rubbed Wings, brisket, ribs, brats, beans and slaw. All was outstanding.

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Key West, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Excellent bbq! Got there just in time to beat the lunch rush. 11:15! Friendly staff, great service, maybe the best baked beans ever. Had a full rack of ribs 1/2 wet 1/2 dry, plenty of sauces to go with them. The homemade potato chips are a crunchy delight. Would go back again.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Laid back atmosphere. Blues playing on sounds system....and BBQ you can only find in Memphis. Ribs are the specialty but don't sell the turkey or the sausage short...really great!! Good selection of local brews top this place off and make THE stop for BBQ for me in Memphis!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I have tried them all in Memphis, and Central Barbeque's brisket is the best in my view. If you want great atmosphere and fabulous food, you cannot go wrong with Central. The barbeque is great, the sides are delicious and the beer selection is very strong. Eat where the locals eat -- Central Barbeque.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

3 meat platter, Ribs chicken and Brisket, although ordered dry ribs and pulled pork. Yet received wet and the brisket. Chicken and brisket were dry, also the brisket was too thinly sliced. As Memphis is famous for their ribs I should have stuck with them. Had good flavor from the rub and came away from the bones easily, I enjoyed... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The grilled 1/2 chicken and ribs were by far much better than other places in Memphis. Great service, fun atmosphere, and really good BBQ.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Sunday evening dinner. Had the ribs half dry half wet. Ribs just fell off the bone. Some like that but I would prefer to hold the bone and bite it off. Flavor good on both styles. Brisket a little dry with little smoke ring. Flavor just ok. Various sauces available. The standard sauce had an odd back taste. The hot... 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, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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?