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“Great BBQ!”
Review of Central BBQ

Central BBQ
Ranked #9 of 1,457 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Cooper Young Community Association
Portland, Oregon
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great BBQ!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

Great BBQ and great service! A couple of options for BBQ sauce so sure to find a sauce that will suit even the most picky of BBQ fans. For sides you MUST get the BBQ beans and Mac n cheese. The beans are the BEST beans I have ever had...but be warned they have a nice little kick for those who don't like heat. We will be back!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
599 reviews
432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“good BBQ”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Certainly better BBQ than most BBQ in Memphis. The service is almost instantaneous, but we were there moments after they opened, so there was no waiting. There are three sauces available--all good: mild, spicy and in between. The potato salad and baked beans were good but not great. I ordered a pulled pork plate, and my significant other ordered ribs; we were both pleased.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank suburban-countess
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Marcy, New York
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great BBQ ”
Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Ate here with my family while visiting memphis. Food was delicious, price was right and the food came out quick, which is important with two little kids.

Thank R B
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Seal Beach, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
““Great Memphis-Style ‘Q””
Reviewed November 18, 2013

With so many great BBQ joints in Memphis, my wife and I followed the advice of some friendly locals and hit the original Central BBQ, then their downtown location days later just before flying back home to California.

The long line out the door at the original store bode well for us; if the locals love it, we probably will too. Did not disappoint. We both had pulled pork sandwiches, with my wife tucking into the greens and beans, while I had the mac n’ cheese and beans. Great all around. The slaw works really well with the pulled pork and a slathering of Central’s sauce (went with the mild; good stuff with just enough vinegar to make it snappy). Since it was a chilly day, the small indoor dining area was packed at lunch time. However, the super-friendly staff was on top of things and got tables turned and customers seated as quickly as possible.

Central’s downtown location offered up what were some of the best baby back ribs I’ve had anywhere, and certainly rank in the top 3. Got ‘em dry, which, for this Central-Texas-is-BBQ-Nirvana-no-sauce-needed snob, really is the only way to go. The ribs were well-cooked without being overpowered by smoke, and were devoured within mere minutes. So good were they that my sides of beans and slaw stood in silent horror as this fat, bald guy devoured the rack of smoky goodness like an African hyena. My wife meanwhile had the BBQ pulled pork nachos, which earned their reputation for delicious indulgence. Warning: the serving is huge, enough to make Claim Jumper’s famed portions look like wee tapas. Not sure how any one person, or group of people numbering under 30, could eat all that rich BBQ porky-saucy-chippy yumminess in one sitting. Yes, you just read that. Central BBQ rocks. Will definitely return when back in Memphis.

  • Visited October 2013
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Allen, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Meat good but two problems”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

The ribs were meaty, juicy and good.

Prob #1: The Mac/cheese, mushy onion rings, and green beans were low quality sides. Would not recommend.

Prob #2: Rustic I don't mind. However, the bathrooms were down right slippery-floor nasty! Lock did not work on women's bathroom.

Would not go here again.

Thank TexasMorgans
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