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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
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Ranked #16 of 1,263 restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
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83% Recommend
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We ordered ribs, chicken, & brisket. The brisket we had was oh sooo tender & yummy. We had both wet & dry ribs. LOVED them both. The chicken wasn't anything special. The potato chips were great (& I usually don't eat chips) I even bought a bag to take home (& some dry rub & sauce.) Note there are 2... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

While I'm not as big of a fan of Southern style barbecue (I prefer Texas brisket), I have only good things to say about Central BBQ. Just the right amount of spice. Awesome sides. Great iced tea, too!

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

While staying downtown we decided to go too Central BBQ (downtown location). With the high reviews and being on TV shows I thought we would get good barbeque. Boy was this place hit or miss. To start things off after we order and were given numbers (two separate orders) to get our food. When our numbers were called they try... More

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Hughes, Arkansas
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We have tried other BBQ places all over the area but come back to Central BBQ. The pulled pork is tender and flavorful. The BBQ nachos addictive! Tried the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich but will not order again....will stick with the BBQ! The sides are tasty and the fried onion rings were fantastic. You definitely come here for good food.... More

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Calabash, NC
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99 reviews 99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stopped for dinner and glad we did. The pulled pork sandwich was huge for a small order. The pork was so tender and tasty. Their potato salad was delicious too. The sides are pricey compared to the sandwich price. Great experience. Would return.

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Rochelle, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I wanted to eat a Memphis bbq and I'm glad we ate here. Great pork, perfect pork rinds and really good sausage. Plus it's across the street from the Lorraine Motel. Talk about history. Great food great location.

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Springfield, MO
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were excited to try Central BBQ on our way thru Memphis & it did not disappoint. The ribs were fabulous! We also enjoyed the pulled pork & BBQ nachos. We will definitely be back.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic ribs, couldn't eat them anywhere else after eating them here! The manager even showed me around the kitchen.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

When you are in Memphis, don't miss this place. The ribs we FULL of flavor and fall off the bone tender. My only critique of the onion rings is the quantity. When you are serving something this delicious 6 simply won't due. The set up here is pretty unique. You order and pay for your food. Then you pick up... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The food was pretty good. This seems to be a popular place. It was buzzing with activity during lunch. Even so, we didn't have a wait. There was plenty of seating. It was walking distance from the Railroad museum.

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