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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
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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.

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Thank GlenMClark
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great BBQ, relaxed atmosphere and family friendly. They allow for large parties and you can watch your favorite team play unless Memphis is playing, then all eyes are on them.

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Thank Phylis M
Bloomington, Illinois
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86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I got the BBQ nachos which were written up in several reviews. I thought they were just ok. Probably better to go with straight up BBQ. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food. We tried some local beers, too. Easily got a table at lunchtime. This is right across the street from the civil rights museum. Could easily be tacked... More 

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Rogers, Arkansas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We always stop by here on our way to see family in Arkansas. DE-Licious! My hubby and I usually split a combo plate with ribs. Plenty of food and some great selection of sauces. One of the guys suggested we try Sweet Hot today and really liked it. The beans are my favorite side item. This is a must try!

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Thank ShannonJM
Durham, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent place to eat and a definite place to reflect and recharge after a visit to the nearby civil rights museum. Cheap too. Highly recommended

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Thank Cooky1972
Brandon, Mississippi
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been to Memphis many times and I've tried various BBQ places, with Rendezvous being a staple, but I've found my happy place at Central BBQ! It is by far the best BBQ I've had. The location has a cozy hole-in-the-wall vibe and the staff was very friendly. I had the pork sandwich and my husband had the turkey sandwich.... More 

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charlotte
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped in during lunch and line was long. But it moved quickly. Had BBQ sandwich with slaw which was very tasty. Good selection of sauces also. We ate inside but outside seating is available. BBQ was moist and cooked differently than North Carolina Lexington style. It was very good and would recommend if in the Memphis area.

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Thank fireman54Charlotte
Houston, Texas
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Shared ribs and pulled pork nachos. Both were very, very GOOD!!! The wait to get in was about 15-20 minutes. The wait for food was another 20 minutes. Good selections of beers. Overall great food and good experience.

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Thank Justin W
Katy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't think you can go to Memphis without this experience. Line moves quickly. Service is excellent too. Food lived up to the hype. We were happy campers. Go!

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Thank Gambrell
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We can here after reading reviews on this site.Wasnt disappointed either.Food was good and pork sandwich was the best I ever had.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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?