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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 - 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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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We tried a sampler platter with ribs, brisket, and pulled pork -- everything tasted very good. Food came out without much wait. Wanted to sit outside, but unfortunately the flies made us move back inside. Nice BBQ shack atmosphere.

Thank Denise Y
Flat rock, NC
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90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you travel to Memphis, BBQ is a must.Central BBQ was our first stop. It was obvious they were used to hosting big crowds. They herded us in and took our orders very quickly. I got a rack of ribs, one half wet and the other half dry. I didn't care for the dry ribs, thought they were too dry... More 

Thank Joseph C
Little Rock, Arkansas
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100 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has the best BBQ in Memphis and I highly recommend if your wanting a BBQ place that the local eat at. I've had almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed.

Thank Patrick M
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took my son and a friend there for lunch and we had a great time. Relaxing environment downtown, short 5 min walk from Beale Street. We all had a full rack and were not disappointed! Sides were great, but the ribs were the main thing. Highly recommended.

Thank Eric M
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The "Get up to Get down" stout beer is excellent with its coffee flavors. The Baloney sandwich topped with Cole slaw and BBQ sauce is excellent. Plenty of friendly staff asked numerous times if l needed anything. Has a great open view from the comfortable and cool dining room. I will be back!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were given the suggestion to stop by Central BBQ while we were visiting the Memphis Zoo with our daughter. The staff was friendly, the service was fast. We opted for the dine-in dining room. I got the BBQ chicken salad, which was huge and very tasty while my husband ordered pulled pork with baked beans and... More 

Thank Merri_Mer
Oxford, Michigan
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Located behind the civil rights museum, the Central BBQ was one of many places recommended by the locals. Casual dining ordered up when you first come in, and brought to your table by a friendly staff person. Real good BBQ for a decent price.

Thank Deb M
Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Central BBQ on Central near East Parkway has the best dry ribs I've ever had. The flavor is fantastic and the meat literally falls off the bones it's so tender and perfectly cooked. It should be rated #1 in Memphis!!!

Thank emercere
Twisp, Washington
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The locals said go to this place so we went there. I'm glad we did! I love it was open and really good barbecue.

Thank Annie H
McMinnville, Oregon
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent food, excellent value. If you get a sandwich, get the slaw! Of the 5 BBQ places we visited in TN, this was my #1 pick!

Thank cmfoster3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 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
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?