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“Mixed review...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Central BBQ

Central BBQ
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN (Cooper Young Community Association)
(901)272-9377
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Ranked #21 of 1,262 restaurants in Memphis
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
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Mixed review...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

My family decided to eat at Central BBQ for lunch, based on the reviews on TripAdvisor. We left somewhat disappointed. The Ribs were okay, but not great. There was not much meat on the bones, and what little meat was there was tough. The pulled pork was amazing, tender, moist and flavorful, even the parts without the unasked for barbeque sauce. While standing in line, waiting to go inside to order, we were impressed by the ribs for two and four sides meal, which my husband and son shared. However, the sides were tiny, served in a Dixie cup equivalent portion. Having said that, the BBQ baked beans were delicious as was the potato salad (mustard and mayo mix). The homemade potato chips were good, but we traveled to Memphis for the famous BBQ restaurants, expecting something more. The seating inside was very, very limited, and we ended up sitting outside on the patio, which was unpleasant on this cold and windy day. This was made worse when I sat in a chair full of water. All told, great pulled pork, potato salad and BBQ baked beans, but we won't be visiting again or recommending.

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  • English first
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English first
Windermere, Florida
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Delicious dinner - popular place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

My husband had brisket and I had the pulled pork sandwich, so we can tell you the rest of the menu is just as good as the ribs. My side dish items were really good as well. We got there relatively early, but by the time we left the line to order was out the door - on a weekday!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oberlin, LA
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great BBQ, not much parking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I ate here while at a conference during October 23-25. I was looking for Memphis BBQ ribs and I found some of the best. This was a typical BBQ place - hectic a times, but still would go back for the BBQ ribs. Lines out the door - must be good to have the lines. Only problem was the parking.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Delicious barbecue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Authentic barbecue for sure! If you get the pulled pork sandwich be sure to get slaw on it. And the barbecue nachos?.....delicious.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Memphis, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Our favorite BBQ in Memphis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

BBQ is a personal thing in Memphis and most all of it is very good, but this is our family favorite. Central's pulled pork, ribs, chicken, turkey are exceptional. A side of home made potato chips is a must. Do not be dissuaded if the line is out the door...it moves pretty fast. They now have a downtown location behind the Civil Rights Museum.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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