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Central BBQ

#12 of 1,219 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 - 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 386
    Very good
  • 153
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best meal on vacation

Loved the food, probably the best BBQ I've had. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Wish we had one locally- I would be a regular!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Melanie W
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Gastonia, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Loved the food, probably the best BBQ I've had. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Wish we had one locally- I would be a regular!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We came to Central BBQ Downtown after a recommendation from the hostel we were staying at. Often when traveling through cities you can end up spending lots of money & be disappointed with tourist trap restaurants, but Central BBQ seemed like the place that even the locals went! The portions were massive but so yummy. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

we ordered a half slab of ribs and spicy smoked sausage it was tender, and flavorful. We ordered the fries wet, which mean fries with warm sauce on them, but the sauce was served on the side. But the meat, I would definitely keep on my foodie list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This place is delicious!!! It's everything BBQ should be. Splurge on your order and try a little of everything (ribs, brisket, sausage). You won't be sorry.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Each area of the country has its regional techniques and specials. Central BBQ serves the TN offering in a fun atmosphere. It was quite good albeit not as much to my liking as the TX variety. Still it is a great place to visit and I would highly recommend it - both for the experience as well as an introduction... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Although I am not a fan of stand in line and order food at the counter, I totally believe this place is worth it! My husband had the rib meal for 2 which he shared with our daughter. The ribs were half wet and half dry. It came with 4 sides which he chose the mac and cheese, green beans,... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went to Central BBQ on Central street, and we were not disappointed! We had the ribs and nacho appetizer. Selection of sauces available on a self serve basis so would recommend getting it dry and trying all sauces. I liked the mild but others were good too. If you like barbecue this is a must try. First visit to... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great Southern BBQ. Kind of a dive, but that somehow makes the food even better. Want awesome BBQ? This is the place. We had a variety of meats and all were great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We went on a Monday night and it was busy. Lots of choices. Food comes out quick! Our group shared the nachos as an appetizer which was a generous portion and good. Request the jalapenos! Some people in our group had the BBQ salad and others the BBQ plate -- everyone chose pork, which was good! Fun place to go... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Ok. So first time in Memphis in over 15 years. This was on my bucket list for the Memphis trip . Walked right in ordered and found a table (7:30 on a Tuesday). It was busy and a bit loud, but still a good vibe. Ordered the full slab half wet half dry. Ribs had a great flavor and fell... More 

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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, Delicatessen

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?