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Central BBQ Summer

#41 of 1,198 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4375 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122-4038
(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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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my neighborhood Central BBQ on Summer Ave. No matter how busy the restaurant is, the service and delivery of your food is spot on. From the cashiers to the wait staff to the bartenders, the customer service is top notch. Now on to the food. Our favorite is the BBQ nachos. Whether you're having them with tortilla chips,... More 

Thank James W
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here for lunch heading back to Texas. Food was delicious! I had a chopped brisket sandwich and my husband had ribs . Made to order, huge portions and great flavor . Great Memphis BBQ choice!

Thank Martalovestotravel
Hartford, Kentucky, United States
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was good.. But the place was crowded and they needed more help... However, everyone was very nice and polite

Thank Lisa A
Memphis, Tennessee
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I love this place. I always either the smoked naked wings and bbq chicken nachos or the brisket plate. Both are pretty awesome. However I do wish they would switch to a different type of bread because that little roll you get with is so hard! I understand that the use recycled to-go boxes but OMG those things are worth... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Very nice atmosphere, not formal at all. Excellent waitress and the food was very good. Their claim is best in Memphis, all I know is the ribs were very tender and tasty, the baked beans were fantastic and the service was very good. I would go back without hesitation. Great casual dining.

Thank timp2124
Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

We ate at the other location the day before and took some back to the hotel but still hadn't reached our fill. We got the pulled pork sandwich Memphis style but with the slaw on the side because you get more that way. I had them put mild BBQ sauce on it then added hot BBQ sauce after I piled... More 

Thank Paul_and_the_family
Belleville, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant was clean and well lit. The waitress was very pleasant and very attentive. We were seated quickly and did not wait long for our food. The presentation was nice but after a few bites I knew I could not eat much. The greens were delicious but there was to much spice in the bake beans, and in the... More 

Thank Saundra S
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I stopped here passing through Memphis. There was a line but it moved quickly. The food came out quickly as well and was delivered to the table. The brisket was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. There were many options such as chicken, ribs, and more. An array of sides was also available. The place was busy but tables were cleared quickly and there... More 

Thank Erin T
Germantown, Tennessee
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143 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We usually prefer dry ribs, but thought the dry ribs at Central BarBQue had too much of a smokey taste. Went to a party that was catered by Central BarBQue and they served wet ribs - we loved them, so now when we are in the mood for ribs, Central is our go-to place and we get the wet ribs.... More 

Thank LeslieG_8
Oakville, Canada
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

As first time visitor to Memphis, I was looking forward to some good BBQ. Overwhelming recommendation was Central BBQ The ribs were great. Tender, fall off the bone, nice flavor both wet and dry. Pulled pork nachos equally good. However, combo plate of pulled pork, brisket and chicken was good, but not great. Pork and chicken dry. With sauce a... More 

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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
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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 38122-4038
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (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?