We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Ribs, But...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Central BBQ

Central BBQ
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
(901)272-9377
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #16 of 1,292 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
Springfield, IL
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Great Ribs, But...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We stopped at the Butler Ave. location and were greeted by a nice young man who explained everything. We wanted to sample the menu so we chose a plate with ribs. That gave us a half rack of ribs with four ounces each of brisket and pulled chicken and two sides. The sauces for these items were on the side and self-service. The ribs were melt-in-your-mouth excellent! The brisket and pulled chicken were about average and not as good as Arthur Bryant's in KC. The sides were small as is usual in this kind of place. We chose mac & cheese and bbq beans. The mac & cheese was creamy but average. The beans were very good and had a nice bite. The sauces were very good and warm. We would have been extremely happy with just one or one and a half rack of ribs.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,069 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    592
    313
    129
    22
    13
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Mandeville, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was top notch Memphis BBQ - dry ribs, baked beans, pulled pork, sausage...all first rate!!! Also had a taste of the banana pudding...to die for!! Highly recommend...not a trendy, downtown place - seemed more authentic than the tourist spots.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Arnold, Missouri
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“OMG the best BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Not only was the pulled pork and BBQ nacho's good the peanut butter pie was to die for! I got it to go because I was stuffed ! Make sure you buy a glass for $3

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Delish!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great, local BBQ place. They have a green initiative, so I am happy to support places that do things for the community and local business. They have a vegetarian option, which made me happy, but the meat BBQ was so good, my meat loving husband was in "hog heaven." Just be prepared to wait for a table to sit outside. This place is popular.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Everywhere
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I went with our tailgate group during the bowl game. We had over 40 people in our group. The food was really good. I have lived everywhere in this country and have had a lot of BBQ. The ribs were the best. I didn't eat any sides because it's all about the meat with me :)

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Central BBQ also viewed

 

Been to Central BBQ? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Central BBQ, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.