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Central BBQ

#10 of 1,212 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 676
    Excellent
  • 355
    Very good
  • 142
    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

Stopped here because it was recommended and I really enjoyed it. I went to the location on the outskirts of town, there's another next to the National Civil Rights Museum right downtown. Order at the counter and the food comes out super fast. They'll ask if you want your BBQ hot or mild and I had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
PhilaTim
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Stopped here because it was recommended and I really enjoyed it. I went to the location on the outskirts of town, there's another next to the National Civil Rights Museum right downtown. Order at the counter and the food comes out super fast. They'll ask if you want your BBQ hot or mild and I had the hot. It was... More 

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is not a great product. The barbecue almost seemed burned. It's an extremely casual venue, you stand in line, place your order and then find a seat. The outside dining area is great. Food is Okay-not great.

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Lancaster, California, United States
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere is casual and fun. The food was delicious, especially the BBQ ribs. We had pulled pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. The restaurant is across the street from the Martin Luther King, Jr museum.

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Merritt Island, Florida
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153 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Ribs are great - not too much sauce so you can add what you want. Greens and beans are very good. Great buzz to the place. Beer and soda

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Nashville Tn.
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Havent eaten at Central in a long time..Just happened to be close today..I had thought that their dry ribs were a fair copy of the Rendezvous....wrong....They were fair but no where in the class with the Rendezvous....had a slight gas taste which is normal if they are cooked on a gas smoker not a charcoal pit like the Rendezvous...sides were... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have to say of all the BBQ restaurants in Memphis, central is my least favorite. The sandwiches come dry & they just squirt their sauce on it and to me this is strange. I've always eaten pulled pork cooked in the sauce for hours, so I don't like theirs. Second, if you want to eat dinner their you'll be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent BBQ!! I had the turkey, pork and beef. They were all juicy and had great rub and smoke flavor. Definitely some of the best BBQ I've had.

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Racine, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Alot of locals told us about this place and the food was good and reasonably priced. Staff was friendly and we enjoyed it very much.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A local told us about this place. Very low key, true southern BBQ, we were both very impressed with the delicious BBQ, had the ribs and pulled pork sandwich. potato salad YUMMMM all of it, perfect. If i lived there I would be there all the time. thank you

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Weaubleau, Missouri, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Ribs were excellent! Baked beans, practically right out of a can. Cole slaw was nothing but chopped cabbage, no dressing of any kind. Very busy, hope this isn't typical of Memphis BBQ.

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Additional Information about Central BBQ

Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
Phone Number: (901)272-9377
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 20
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue

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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: 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?