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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, Memphis, TN
+1 901-272-9377
11:00 am - 9:00 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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Perry, Michigan, United States
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped in Memphis because of the BBQ reviews. We stopped at a handful of antique stores in Memphis and asked some of the locals which BBQ restaurant they liked best. It was unanimous for Central BBQ. We took their advice and stopped at the one on Central. What the restaurant lacks in decor and ambiance it more than makes... More 

Thank Jodi D
Columbus, Mississippi
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169 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed the central barbecue experience! The pork nachos were fantastic and a 1/2 order was enough to feed an army! I got the ribs and they were very good but not my favorite! The bakedbeans and potato salad were on point!

Thank LHK70
Marquette, Iowa
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and noticed that there was a line out the door of Central BBQ about a block away. After the museum, we decided to have an early supper/dinner at Central and were not disappointed. It was about 5:30 and there wasn't a crowd. The atmosphere was very casual and comfortable and the food... More 

Thank smalldog33
Rowlett, Texas
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had the Combination Plate (3 Meats, 2 Sides). Really enjoyed the pulled pork and Brisket. The Chicken was OK but not memorable. Mac and cheese was very good. Fun, busy atmosphere. Seems to be popular with locals and tourists. Selection of sauces, and real silverware. Historical Memphis neighborhood.

Thank Craig B
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped there for lunch on the way back from the airport during Thanksgiving weekend. We had a rack of dry rub ribs and brisket with the fixings. I've had some great ribs as well as made some good ones, however Central's are the best ever, for me. We will definitely stop there again when next in Memphis in a few... More 

Thank Sailor34
Bartlett, Tennessee
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121 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Central is a local hot spot during the day. My favorite is the rib tips. Their menu is lacking nothing in variety and quality. But I would only go during the day. The location makes me nervous at night. The eatery has been around a long time and is always on the top of the list when locals discuss the... More 

Thank mjlarivi
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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129 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Kind of quirky and cool. I'm not into coleslaw so I got a pulled pork sandwich without it. It was very good. I'm not huge into pulled pork but it was tasty. That's all I had and it was fun to people watch for a bit.

Thank GlenMClark
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great BBQ, relaxed atmosphere and family friendly. They allow for large parties and you can watch your favorite team play unless Memphis is playing, then all eyes are on them.

Thank Phylis M
Bloomington, Illinois
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I got the BBQ nachos which were written up in several reviews. I thought they were just ok. Probably better to go with straight up BBQ. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food. We tried some local beers, too. Easily got a table at lunchtime. This is right across the street from the civil rights museum. Could easily be tacked... More 

Thank Deborah H
Rogers, Arkansas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We always stop by here on our way to see family in Arkansas. DE-Licious! My hubby and I usually split a combo plate with ribs. Plenty of food and some great selection of sauces. One of the guys suggested we try Sweet Hot today and really liked it. The beans are my favorite side item. This is a must try!

Thank ShannonJM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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, Memphis, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377

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