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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” (449 reviews)
“ribs” (1,303 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (151 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

The whole menu is amazing!, we tried is all except for chicken ( I personally don't believe in chicken, but that said...), onion rings match well with their mustard based sauce, mac-cheese was great!!! their spicy bbq sauce is something you want to try, though...More

Thank Christian M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ordered several things and they were all good. Parking was rough because there were so many customers. Long line, but well worth it. Decent price. We will be returning.

Thank Mechele W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I love this place. The food is amazing. I love he face that you can get your bbq wet or dry. The customer service is outstanding. You have to try it.

Thank dlcarte
Reviewed yesterday

I am a lifelong Memphian, and this is one of my favorite places. All their food is good, but I like the pork sandwich or ribs. Two of the often overlooked items are smoked turkey and smoked sausage sandwich.

Thank jimdro2
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We love this place! The atmosphere is great and my kids love collecting the cups. We tell people that are visiting Memphis to stop and eat. They will not be disappointed.

Thank Stefanie B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Central BBQ is one of my favorite BBQ places in Memphis. Their ribs and bbq nachos are the best. Definitely worth a stop if you want good bbq.

Thank strobinson1
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the rib combo with bologna and brisket. It was delicious! I loved the bologna - and I usually hate it. The potato salad was great too.

Thank Emarrae
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My friend and I ate here after during our little touring around the city. I must say this place hit the spot for bbq. Unfortunately Rendezvous wasn't open however you'll be satisfied with central.

Thank solo1077
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ate at the Butler location earlier in the week. Brisket at this location was better. Mac-n-cheese not as good. And the service at this location - very, very slow.

Thank Leslie21075
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm giving this location 5 stars based on food taste primarily. The ribs were the best we had in Memphis and my wife says they are the best Nachos she has ever had. ( BBQ Nachos - I know right? ) That' what she said...More

Thank bprsurf
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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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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