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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (442 reviews)
“ribs” (1,240 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (144 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

we are from minnesota, this was hands down the best! We had rack of ribs half dry half wet, and pulled pork. very fast at receiving food too!

Thank Darcy S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Some of the best barbecue I have ever had (accompanied by great sides - the greens are particularly good). And the Carmel Cake is absurdly good.

Thank Novi-Jeff
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I thought this was the best barbecue we had the whole trip. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the ribs. Everything was delicious!

Thank Hannah J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Without a doubt the best ribs I have ever tasted in my life. I can’t even eat ribs in my home country anymore because I’ve been enlightened by Central BBQ and the ‘dry style’ rib. I visited the branch in midtown, there was a slight...More

Thank Raduga93
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My husband & I went there for a late lunch. Everyone that worked there was friendly & helpful. There was a little confusion as to where to order but it’s all good. The young man that took our order was helpful with suggestions. My husband...More

Thank Florida B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best dry rub ribs we can remember. We ordered the full slab with four sides...yummy. We also tried the local craft beer Meddlesome, seasonal stout. It was a good combo with the ribs.

Thank Dan K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything from ribs, brisket, pulled pork and smoked turkey fall apart tender. Turnip greens excellent, smoked sausage and cheese side is a meal in itself and is excellent. Great service to!

Thank Randy-Renee S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We almost went somewhere else after reading a review about baked beans. So glad we didn’t. Rarely do we agree that everything we ordered was amazing. The ribs the best we have ever eaten!!! And we have eaten quite a lot of ribs. Meat so...More

Thank kp7236
Reviewed 1 week ago

BBQ ribs are one of our favorites (my husband smokes at home) and the Cental BBQ was a real treat. The ribs and different sauces were delicious as well as the sides. It's a no frills kind of place and the price is right! Staff...More

Thank Mary Ellen S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food. Wonderful atmosphere. We shared a full rack of ribs. They were amazing. Super friendly service.

Thank 285Wendy285
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Rebecca M
19 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
10 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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