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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 38104-5507
+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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New York City, New York
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place definitely lives up to the hype - we went just before it opened and there was already a queue outside. It moved quickly though and we were seated within 15 minutes. The service was prompt and our food came out lightning fast. We both ordered a full slab of ribs not realizing how huge a portion it would... More 

Thank tracycloherty
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Outstanding food and service. Both fast and good ! Ribs may be the best I've ever had - and I'm from Texas! Pork was also great . Greens were tender, o-rings super, and beans also top notch . You can get a beer and they had an outside porch with a band! Just a really super down home place !... More 

Thank MurphyLambchop
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It had been 20 years since I had dry rub BBQ in Memphis, and it was better than my memory. On a business trip with limited time, I went here and what a find! Got served in 5 minutes. The ribs were delicious and the meat fell off the bone the Mack and cheese was also great and I tried... More 

Thank Paul S
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

came at the wrong time meat was very tough went there for carryout to take family on picnic at park may have been better if we ate in

Thank John B
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wanted to try bar-b-que in Memphis. Had heard stories about how good it was. Central didn't fail to impress. Had a wonderful meal with all the trimmings. Really enjoyed the ribs.

Thank jffontenot
Kimberling City, United States
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped in on our way home from Florida. You cannot come to Memphis and not have BBQ. Our whole crew enjoyed everything. Many of us had the pork sandwich and it was great. Another big favorite were the fresh pork rinds. Great good and a great stop.

Thank Stephana B
Little Rock, Arkansas
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've had BBQ all over and Central is near the top. The smoked turkey was excellent and the bologna was very good. We had the pulled pork and it was average (still very good). We would go again and the location was very convenient to the Civil Rights Museum.

Thank George C
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

When in Memphis be sure to try Central BBQ. They are one of Memphis's best. Little bit of spice to the sauce and the meat is always tender.

Thank Jennifer P
Seguin, Texas
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! We have been looking forward to this stop since leaving Rhode Island! We all had something different and each enjoyed every bite. Great atmosphere, great service and love the covered patio seating. Great breeze, great music. A must stop when in Memphis!

Thank lisamarieclarktx
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are two locations in Memphis but my favorite is the original one on Central. There can be a long line out the door to order food. However, the line goes fast. The order taker is efficient and able to get your order quickly and accurately. Also, they have another place to order that you walk up to outside for... More 

Thank mznia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?