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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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Houston, Texas
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had the most delicious pork sandwiches at the Central after our visit to the Lorraine Motel just across the street. The slaw on top was heaven. Was recommended to us and it did not disappoint! The line is long but moved very fast. Just go, you won't be sorry!

Thank Natalie N
Medina, Ohio
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Driving back to Ohio i stoped and got gas and asked a man standing in line is there any good BBQ spots near by and his response was there are a lot but you must try central!! So I googled it and was really close so we stopped there for late lunch! When we walked in the place was packed... More 

Thank 632shayans
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Best pork sandwich that I can remember. Friendly staff. The greens and the mac n cheese were also great. Definitely worth the trip. Casual dining ambience. They also have tented outdoor seating.

Thank YW L
Macon, Georgia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Central BBQ is the ultimate standard in the finest BBQ in all of Memphis. It's unbelievably good, a must have for any Memphis local or visitor.

Thank mcd249
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Central BBQ took over this year at Memphis in May, for customers appreciation, they took very good care of everybody, the food was extremely great 👍. Owners like everything. We are glad to have Central BBQ as our cooking team! Congrats!

Thank alanharned
Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Remember when you were little and your Grandfather said when traveling stop at the restaurants where there are lots of locals packing the place?? Well Central is where the Memphis "Locals" go for Bar-B-Q. Enough said! Not fancy and not expensive, it is just good food, and lots of it.

Thank Van P
Harrison, Tennessee
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The bbq really lived up to my expectations, very filling plates with plenty of food. They do have bathrooms inside, and some outside for some reason. The staff is very friendly and attentive. 10/10 would eat there again.

Thank bren416
Memphis, Tennessee
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

All of the locations of Central are great! Love their homemade chips. Hot wings are also a favorite.

Thank admem
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We asked the locals were to go for the best BBQ and central was where they said and we was not disappoint. If you don't want to wait get there when the doors open. The ribs were great but my wife got the beef brisket and they were better than my ribs. DON'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE FOR BBQ IN MEMPHIS.

Thank Wendall L
Tempe, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Central BBQ is great. The pulled pork natchos are ridiculously good. You cannot leave here hungry. When in Memphis and looking for true Memphis BBQ, head to central BBQ.

Thank Steven B

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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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?