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Central BBQ

#11 of 1,259 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Cooper Young Community Association
Barbecue, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
As featured in Best Food in Memphis
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious meal!

My husband & I enjoyed lunch here. Wonderful ribs for him and great chicken plate for me. Sauce was fabulous!! Loved the atmosphere as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Monroe, Louisiana
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Kind of disappointed. The food pretty much tasted like what you could get at Famous Dave's, but I think Famous Dave's was probably a little better. The ribs and pulled pork were really dry, but had awesome flavor. The pulled pork nachos were my favorite. Music was a little too loud, so could not converse over dinner.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband & I enjoyed lunch here. Wonderful ribs for him and great chicken plate for me. Sauce was fabulous!! Loved the atmosphere as well.

Thank 22deedee223
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Disappointed in ribs- over done. We got there right after they opened so the ribs should not have been dried out. Sides were a lot better. The draft beer was very good. So with so many other BBQ places to try in Memphis we will not be back for a long time.

Thank Estuart747
Fishers, Indiana
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the bbq sauce and sides there a lot. I ordered a bbq brisket sandwich and was surprised for some reason to get thick pieces of brisket instead of pulled or chopped but I'm sure that's more a factor of what I'm used to. Although my preference is not for larger dry slices, this was a great place to... More 

Thank quoththeravens
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Central bbq is unpretencious yet one of the best meals I had in Memphis. My boyfriend had the brisket and I had the mushroom burguer (which is an awesome veggie option). If you are planning a visit to The Civil Rights Museum, stop by before or after, great combo for a day in Memphis!

Thank beatrizzappa
Van Wert, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were travelling thru Memphis and relied on TripAdvisor reviews to find a BBQ joint. We got the slab for two half & half (dry with rub and wet with mild sauce) and loved it! Ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender and very meaty. Will definitely stop back next time we're in town!

Thank Laura D
Murrieta, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were on a quest to find the best ribs on our trip to Nashville & Memphis...I ate ribs 4 times in 6 days....the last one being at Central BBQ. We definitely saved the best for last. 4 stars all the way....might even consider shipping some home to California. Wow!!

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Silver Spring, MD
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was glad that this was the our final stop for ribs on our Memphis trip because the others couldn't compare. Nothing could top the taste of these ribs. I wish that I was there now.

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Millbrae, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Looked forward to the visit based on reviews. Ordered the brisket (hot and sweet sauce), chips and mac n' cheese. The sauce was very hot, even though I usually can tolerate spricy food. The brisket was dry. The chips were overly salty (and I like salty foods). The mac n' cheese was fine.

Thank WillieMillbrae
Alabaster, Alabama, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While we were somehow routed through the 'hood to get there, the restaurant appears to actually be in a decent neighborhood. I ordered a full slab of ribs - half dry, half wet - with fries and barbecue beans. Both my son and daughter immediately eyed the ribs and thought they were as good as I did. The beans were... 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, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?