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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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Jonesboro, United States
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the real deal. All menu choices are delicious. Ribs, Sandwiches and best of all the Barbecue nachos! Bring extra napkins and plan to wear your meal!

Thank Angela H
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My son arranged to hold their wedding rehearsed dinner at Central BBQ'sauce downtown location. It was fantastic. The food and service was excellent as was the audio visual equipment they have in the private room we used. Our out of town guests loved the location and the food and the way the room is decorated in Memphis memorabilia.

Thank Edward C
Zephyrhills, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exceptionally tender pulled pork! Quick service! Wait service was friendly. Reservations not needed so we were able to end a day of sightseeing without the worry of a timetable. No wonder it is rated high in all the polls!!!!

Thank norm217
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91 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A wait in line but worth it. Tasty BBQ and super friendly service. The ribs were good as was the potato salad!

Thank spunkygonecountry
Puerto Rico
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144 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the pulled pork. It was a little bland, nothing special. Sides tasted good. There are probably better options im the area.

Thank wlopez09
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the epitome of Memphis. There is always a line all the way outside and the food is worth the wait. The service is great and the atmosphere is of normal down home quality. There is a very cool mural in the back large room of Memphis that helps gain a understanding of the layout and landmarks of the... More 

Thank Alexis F
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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234 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here on a Saturday night with football games to be watched. Great environment for BBQ with dining options both inside and out and even a small playground on the enclosed patio for kids. The BBQ is very good, service is outstanding and when you leave you are always looking forward to the next visit. This location has ample parking... More 

Thank tome673
Atlanta, Georgia
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75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Typical BBQ place - you order at the counter and they bring it to your table. Both the pulled pork and brisket were very good and the atmosphere nice.

Thank despidey
Waxahachie, Texas
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited Memphis for our anniversary and of course had to find a place for BBQ while we were there. Being from Texas, we are used to BBQ being beef and not pork so our opinion of the brisket was that it was dry, however, since Memphis isn't famous for their brisket and everyone puts sauce on... More 

Thank EllisCoRealtor
Magnolia, United States
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place did not disappoint me on my quest to find great BBQ. The atmosphere is fun, the staff is very accommodating. The ribs were so flavorful, I ordered a second order to go! Will visit again.

Thank Kimberly H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Special occasions
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?