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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 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Thomaston, Georgia
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147 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I ordered the sampler platter, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. The ribs were excellent and had a nice rub. If you like them dry, these are awesome. Pulled pork was dry and didn't have much smoke flavor which is what I thought of the brisket as well. Greens were good. Nice local beer selection.

Thank Luke M
Huntsville, Alabama
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268 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Second time to Central BBQ. First was takeout from newer downtown location. This was sit down at original site. First, was good, not exceptional. This was less so. Ribs were dry and not meaty. Brisket was OK. Sausage too salty. House made chips with blue cheese dip would have been great except way too salty. Service both times was very... More 

Thank Umfrid
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Central BBQ is probably the best in Memphis on a good day, but they have a tendency to be inconsistent. It feels like the ribs specifically come from two different suppliers....one of which I prefer over the order. Needless to say, great service and great place to get a meal 9 out of 10 days

Thank JWhiteVIP
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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60 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great funky location. Ribs are generally good, perhaps a bit too salty, and a little too 'fall off the bone' for my taste, but nice smoke. We LOVED the beans, the coleslaw was amazing, and the homemade chips -- YASSSS. We would go back, for sure, but might order the pulled pork instead. Someone in our party had it and... More 

Thank RynnCP
Calgary, Canada
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229 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, went later and it wasn't busy. Great selection of cold beer too. Food was fast like BBQ should be.

Thank Clint R
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to get off the highway just to go to Central BBQ. Awesome food in a very relaxed atmosphere. There was a line to order but it moved quickly. You order at the counter and your food is brought to your table. The chicken was delicious and the potato salad was perfectly homemade. My husband had the pulled pork sandwich... More 

Thank Claire8280
Evansville, Indiana
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The title isn't an exaggeration. Texas can take their "BBQ" and shove it! Memphis style is where it's at and the best in Memphis is at Central! What kind of meat do you want? They do it. Feeling like trying a local concoction? Get the BBQ Nachos! Need an appetizer? Get an order of smoked wings that so moist and... More 

Thank evancantrellsocial
Memphis, Tennessee
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food and service are very good if you are looking for BBQ. All the sides are really good as well. I was in a group and we each tried something different so that everyone was could taste each item. It was a fun time and we enjoyed it.

Thank Jalynn C
Germantown, Tennessee
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Memphis pork BBQ is recognized world-wide as THE BEST, tho some from Texas, NC, and KC, MO would argue that claim. But if you're looking for GENUINE Memphis BBQ is as good as it gets. Now the ambiance may be a bit stark; but that actually adds to the genuine MidSouth pork experience. Now Central BBQ has some beef items... More 

Thank 680williamb
Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Living in Dallas and being a BBQ LOOOOVER, I had high expectations for this place--they came through. The ribs were cooked perfectly. Not mushy soft, but didn't need teeth to eat them. Everything was on point--but oooooooh boy, those ribs!

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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
US$6 - US$20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN, Memphis, TN
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Cooper Young Community Association
  • Neighbourhood: 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?