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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (441 reviews)
“ribs” (1,228 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (141 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We ordered a full rack for 2 and 4 sides. Best ribs outside of my own we've had in a BBQ joint. We ordered them dry and they were barked and seasoned perfect. Beans and greens we're very good. Got right in at 11am.

Thank Jeffrey C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best wet pork ribs, pork nachos, potato salad, bbq beans, hands down. Never a bad meal! All staff are helpful and friendly. Always clean and welcoming. I love this place!!!

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Close to Civil Rights Museum with great bbq and eclectic interior. Fast service and good selection of beers

Thank jeansteck
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The ribs were good but needed the sauce included. Beans were spicy. Slaw was so so. Pork sandwich was good. The to go order didn’t have everything in it that we ordered. I’m from Arkansas and the good was no better than we have. I...More

Thank carac637
Reviewed 6 days ago

I guess I would say this place is ok, but the best, not the worse. Price a bit high for BBQ and I was happy to see security outside. It seems that their meats were cooked hours earlier and stayed in a heating lamp. Left...More

Thank earthman88
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The ribs were good. The beans were spicy hot. The slaw was ok. We were told this place is the best in Memphis. We’ve got several in AR that beats this place.

Thank Cara C
Reviewed 1 week ago

December 22, 2017 - Once before we were visiting Memphis and everyone had recommended the Rendezvous restaurant for ribs. We went and it was one of the worst rib experiences ever. Now, the concierge at our hotel recommended Central BBQ as the place to go...More

Thank JerryH9905
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Summer Ave location and found everyone to be friendly and accommodating for our group of 10. The food arrived in a timely manner and was very tasty. Servers came by at regular intervals to check on us and offer refills. A+

Thank ShadeTreeAdvisor
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for great bbq chicken nachos you've got to go to Central BBQ. They are the best! Be ready to stand in line, because they are that good.

Thank blwagner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to college around the corner from here. the line is usually long. deal with it, its well worth it. dont hold the door open while you are waiting. BBQ nachos are the best thing and i have been eating them for a long time....More

Thank John A
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Rebecca M
18 October 2017|
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Response from Ed R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know, but I’d recommend a visit to the restaurant to experience the ambiance.
Darren P
19 March 2017|
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Response from Danny R | Reviewed this property |
Any location of central b b Que is fine. But to feel the real ambience of where the birth place of this bbque , I prefer to eat at Central branch .
gail m
9 November 2016|
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Response from Ladyjb3 | Reviewed this property |
Large area and also a patio area which should be able to accommodate 20 people.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
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
  • Neighbourhood: Cooper Young Community Association
  • Phone Number: +1 901-272-9377
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