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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
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Ranked #17 of 1,263 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
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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
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Buffalo, Wyoming
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Been a few times, just never all that thrilled with it. It's pricey, the meat is kind of dry and bland without the sauce, and worst of all the portions are too small. However It's busy, and got a nice deck to sit at outside. Maybe it's a bit of a tourist trap, and there is some local hole in... More

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Grafton, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My family always seeks out BBQ no matter where we go so this year we were excited to go to Memphis during April Vacation. I always do my homework and research on where the locals like to go and everywhere I looked and talked to people the answer was Central BBQ. The decoration is perfect, no frills exposed wood and... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Stopped in Memphis on my way to South America specifically to have BBQ. Friend picked me up at the airport and we headed to what he said was the best in town. Had the pulled pork platter. Nice flavor, great neighborhood. Took away mark only for cleanliness but in a place like this, that is part of the fun so... More

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Oxford, Mississippi
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Pleasant, fun, and popular place a couple of blocks from Beale Street. The pulled pork and ribs were very good, but the beef brisket was a little tough, and the side items (onion rings, coleslaw, potato salad, beans) were just average.

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Orange, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Our first visit to Central BBQ, Memphis. Loved the ribs; husband and I split 1/2 wet 1/2 dry rack of ribs with sides that were delicious as well. Very good choice and good priced.

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Dandridge, Tennessee
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155 reviews 155 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

My fiance and I spent a week in Memphis on business with the Coast Guard, and were determined to eat our weight in BBQ while we were there. We managed to get ourselves a little burnt out on it though, and Central was the last of the BBQ joints we ate at. But it was a good last stop! The... More

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Lindsay, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Ate at the Central BBQ our first night in Memphis and made it hard for other restaurants to compare. We both had the dry ribs with 2 sides and couple of cold beers. The ribs were excellent. We'll be back.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Central is my second favorite BBQ restaurants in Memphis. I prefer the downtown location over the larger venue on Summer Ave. Always consistency good pulled pork.

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

On our way to Mississippi we stopped here for dinner and were glad we did! We usually try to find a BBQ place to eat at when we are traveling and Central BBQ did not disappoint! We shared a pork nacho appetizer and also a three meat plate with brisket, ribs & sausage. The side of greens and potato salad... More

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Hillsdale, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A breeze through Memphis stopped by recommended of a friend from Malibu, CA and what a place. would live to live next to this place!!!

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