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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband worked nearby for quite some time and this was always our"pouch up on the way home" place. I have to confess that the majority of our plastic cups have their logo on them. It's impossible to give 5 stars for BBQ for me, but if there were no romantic spots in Memphis to dine I'd consider it for... More 

Thank Sandra F
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First time in Memphis, an Uber driver told us about this place. We love it, it was the best barbecue ever!

Thank Dani F
West Midlands, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place. The food is fantastic. Typical American deco and atmosphere. Gets very busy especially at night. The portions are quite large with refillable soft drinks. Its near the Civil Rights museum. We went during the day and its in a derelict area. We walked to Beale street from there which took about 10 to 15 mins. But i... More 

Thank Shirley D
Perry, Michigan, United States
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped in Memphis because of the BBQ reviews. We stopped at a handful of antique stores in Memphis and asked some of the locals which BBQ restaurant they liked best. It was unanimous for Central BBQ. We took their advice and stopped at the one on Central. What the restaurant lacks in decor and ambiance it more than makes... More 

Thank Jodi D
Columbus, Mississippi
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170 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the central barbecue experience! The pork nachos were fantastic and a 1/2 order was enough to feed an army! I got the ribs and they were very good but not my favorite! The bakedbeans and potato salad were on point!

Thank LHK70
Marquette, Iowa
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and noticed that there was a line out the door of Central BBQ about a block away. After the museum, we decided to have an early supper/dinner at Central and were not disappointed. It was about 5:30 and there wasn't a crowd. The atmosphere was very casual and comfortable and the food... More 

Thank smalldog33
Rowlett, Texas
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the Combination Plate (3 Meats, 2 Sides). Really enjoyed the pulled pork and Brisket. The Chicken was OK but not memorable. Mac and cheese was very good. Fun, busy atmosphere. Seems to be popular with locals and tourists. Selection of sauces, and real silverware. Historical Memphis neighborhood.

Thank Craig B
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped there for lunch on the way back from the airport during Thanksgiving weekend. We had a rack of dry rub ribs and brisket with the fixings. I've had some great ribs as well as made some good ones, however Central's are the best ever, for me. We will definitely stop there again when next in Memphis in a few... More 

Thank Sailor34
Bartlett, Tennessee
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132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Central is a local hot spot during the day. My favorite is the rib tips. Their menu is lacking nothing in variety and quality. But I would only go during the day. The location makes me nervous at night. The eatery has been around a long time and is always on the top of the list when locals discuss the... More 

Thank mjlarivi
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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133 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kind of quirky and cool. I'm not into coleslaw so I got a pulled pork sandwich without it. It was very good. I'm not huge into pulled pork but it was tasty. That's all I had and it was fun to people watch for a bit.

Thank GlenMClark

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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?