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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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Memphis, Tennessee
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 2 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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
Walnut Hill, Florida
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing ribs. I got half dry and half wet rubbed ribs. They were awesome. Potato salad was great and beans were good. Parking isn't real great but hey you can put up with a little hassle for good cooking. Seating isn't real plentiful so may have to wait unless the weather is nice then you can sit outside.

Thank firetater
Cheswick, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is great. The ribs (dry rub) are delicious. We also had tasty sides. (Mac & cheese, greens). Went for a late lunch 4:00 and did not have to wait. This is not to be missed

Thank John L
West Jefferson, North Carolina
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place has great atmosphere. The staff was great. We had the sliced beef brisket. It was so tender and delicious. Recommend when in Memphis, TN

Thank Mirada1
Dallas, Texas
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A trip advisor search led me to Central BBQ amongst the numerous Memphis barbecue joints. We opted for not the original location on Central but one closer to I-40. As we expected it was a newer satellite location in a converted chain restaurant. But well decorated and clean. Appeared to have a regular neighborhood crowd and many take out customers.... More 

Thank raven46
Little Rock
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

First time at Central, I have eaten at many other Memphis area barbecue restaurants. Had half slab of ribs, half dry and a half wet. Ribs were excellent ... and the sides were good too, I had beans and french fries. They say they make their own fries but they were dusted / seasoned, which I generally don't really like.... More 

Thank Regajohn
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We came to Memphis looking for a genuine southern BBQ experience, the team at Central really delivered in quality, service, atmosphere and mostly in taste - loved the beans & greens.

Thank Jan M
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

True Memphis BBQ - close to downtown and other attractions. The smells are worth the trip and the food is better. Come hungry and ready to taste a BBQ institution.

Thank Eric M

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