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Central BBQ

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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (449 reviews)
“ribs” (1,308 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (154 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food was very good and busy when we got there about 1:00 pm. The wait wasn't as long as advised before we ordered. We had the brisket sandwich, smoked sauage sandwich and the chicken sliders. The prices were good and friendly.

Thank Ginny H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sides and sauce are not great. Forgot to deliver sauce and did try to make up for it by adding chips and pork rinds. A little more detail, and flavor, on the sides would raise ranking. Pork did have some good bark with nice smokey...More

Thank Roger T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the chicken, turkey and brisket combo and shared the plate between both of us. Without using sauce, the meats were drier than we are used to in Charleston or even Boston. It’s a cool place, though. I gave benefit of the doubt because...More

Thank Cherylpc822
Reviewed 3 days ago

I read a lot of reviews and heard a lot of people say how good it was. We went and it was good...but not out of this world amazing. I will say that the ribs were amazing, fall off the bone and melt in your...More

Thank Kyle E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ribs were good, but have had better. Sides were OK Wings(jerky) were great Lots of craft beers to choose from

Thank James A P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Rediculous portions of fabulous tasting pulled pork, sausage, brisket and ribs. Would recommend ordering 2 ounce sampler platter versus the 4ounce on the menu. Very filling!

Thank paulasX4625SU
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended by so many Memphians, we were surprised that it wasn't better than it was. It was good but not great. The restaurant offers a unique location (close to the Lorraine motel) in what looks to be an up-and-coming area. It is decorated in...More

Thank Rayanne B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I know that Central is an age old institution. I am glad that they have done so well in general. We decided to try it last week since it had been awhile. First off, I didn't remember the bbq sauce as being sweet. I don't...More

Thank Debi M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place lived up to the hype and thought the ribs were great. Want to go back and try some of the other BBQ. The meat just fell off the ribs and it was plenty juicy.

Thank Brian W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Central is the best of all the Memphis BBQ joints. Skip corky’s and go here. My Memphis family only goes here. I only go there now too

Thank Cody A
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Rebecca M
October 18, 2017|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know, but I’d recommend a visit to the restaurant to experience the ambiance.
Darren P
March 19, 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
November 9, 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
$6 - $20
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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: +1 901-272-9377
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