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Central BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
Cooper Young Community Association
As featured in Best Food in Memphis
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Earth, Texas
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101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

decent food and service for a reasonable price. Not sure it was distinctive but good. Decent local area beers on tap and all were pretty good. I'd go again.

Thank BC B
Ocala, Florida
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194 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have to say I was a little disappointed. I love trying BBQ from different areas..St. Louis, Memphis(I had some great here), Nashville, Texas, The Carolinas, Georgia, Florida etc and I have heard nothing but great things about Central. Again it was good but I would not go out of my way to go there again. The staff was wonderful... More 

Thank senseiblackburn
Cleburne, Texas
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This time in Memphis we did take out. Whether you want to dine in and take advantage of friendly faces or grab a great sandwich to eat on the run, it's a great place. They have a great pulled pork but the Texan in me prefers the brisket. Very good sauce.

Thank Sandra G
Peoria, Illinois
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not a huge bbq person so it wasn't as i expected they do have a line outside the door not to long of a wait but once you get in and order it doesn't take long for you to get your food

Thank Clarissa H
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great family restaurant! Very clean! Food was DELICIOUS!!! I got the BBQ nachos, yuuuummy! I can't remember what my husband got but he loved it! Employees were very friendly! Be prepared to order when you walk in then you'll find your seat! Husband was very happy! He got his Memphis BBQ and got to watch football at... More 

Thank Rachelevelerbruce
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were on a mission to find the best BBQ Memphis had to offer, and we found it at Central BBQ. The pulled pork and the jalapeno cheddar sausage were out of this world. The sides of mac and cheese and collard greens were very tasty as well. You cannot go wrong by taking a trip to Central BBQ.

Thank SassyFerguson
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited central BBQ as it was recommended. It was like queuing for fast food, the place had no atmosphere, servers were rude, food was bland and there wasn't much of it. Very over priced too!! Big let down

Thank Alice K
Westminster, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Memphis is famous for it's BBQ without a doubt. The many choices of ribs, pork and sides can be overwhelming. So, let me make it easier. Just go to Central BBQ. There is none better. The ribs are meaty, succulent and seasoned to perfection. The pulled pork is moist and full of flavor. The sides are great. Nachos are mouth... More 

Thank relapz1
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There's not much else to say. We felt submerged in Memphis culture. It was soooo good, and just, authentic I guess you'd say.

Thank N9473QXSarah_S
New Jersey
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our favorite place for barbecue whenever we visit family in Memphis. We have eaten here half a dozen times. This time we visited their new location - it was larger and we do not have to wait for a table. We love the food - everything including the mushroom burgers and especially the fries. Must visit if you're... More 

Thank SWARNewJersey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: (901)272-9377

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?