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Central BBQ Summer

#37 of 1,211 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
+1 901-767-4672
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Memphis, Tennessee
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Central BBQ has catered for us many times at FedEx and every time the food is great and more than enough. THANK YOU CENTRAL BBQ

Thank 824187
Memphis, Tennessee
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Central BQ is so good! They have the best BQ nachos I've ever had! The pulled pork sandwich and ribs are also very good!

Thank heathermarshall1227
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

The large brisket sandwich is really good. I ordered the French Fries. But they are thick which I do not like thick soggy fries. The sauces are good but I wish they were on the table. Not convenient at the sauce bar.

Thank Brent R
Dickson, Tennessee
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Saw the reviews, decided to try for lunch. I had the 1/2 rack of ribs plate with Mac-n-cheese and green beans. The ribs were moist, deliciously seasoned and tender. The mac-n-cheese has a creamy cheese sauce that was excellent. Probably the best macaroni and cheese I have had at a restaurant in a long time. Hubby had the 1/2 chicken,... More 

Thank K P
Huntsville, Alabama
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

I would like to think I know good BBQ... Central BBQ is good! I love the ribs! The pull pork was the best! The wings are actual wings! No sissy flats & drumlets... real wings! Great taste & super nice people! I sampled everything!

Thank RMO1214
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2016 via mobile

I'm not from Memphis but do enjoy visiting. I usually go to Huey's, but I wanted to branch out and try another local flavor. My friend's dad suggested Central and it was definitely worth the visit! While it may appear unappealing or country at first, I suggest you order your southern sweet tea and have a people watch. This is... More 

Thank Lynn R
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend! Great BBQ and really hot wings! Beer was really cold thank goodness! Fun Times!

Thank Robro64
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

I was near Memphis on a business trip and had to try out the BBQ. After searching on TripAdvisor I settled on Central BBQ by the Hotel I was staying. The food was pretty good. I wasn't less impressed by the dry rub (I got the half and half ribs). I would go back if I was in town again.

Thank Steven M
Rochester, Michigan
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195 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Nice atmosphere, BBQ was average. Maybe it was just expectations being first time customers but we were underwhelmed with the bbq. Still I'll give it 4 stars because the service and atmosphere are very good.

Thank J N
Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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119 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

The ribs here melt off the bone -- best I've had. The large pulled pork sandwich is generous -- 7 ounces. And the man in charge was so friendly, offering us (clearly tourists) tips on Memphis.

Thank princetonarea

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-767-4672

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?