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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had the pork, my friend had the ribs. Both of us were very satisfied with our choices. Lots of drink choices. Prices are very reasonable. Great place to go if you are hungry.

Thank citidwel
Cambridge, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Got to go to take home in cooler. Staff was quick and friendly. Close to all of our other tours and eats we had planned....Ribs delicious!

Thank Rita L
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place, long queue but goes quickly. Tasty food and was out quickly! Really good value, they even chucked in free drinks as it was out first visit!! Go!

Thank James D
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The beans and slaw are also super good, as well as the dry wings! I've never heard of anyone who didn't love Central BBQ!

Thank ChillLe
Dallas, Tx
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The best Memphis barbeque is a matter of hot contention among locals. Seems everyone has their favorite. As a visitor I found one consensus, that Central BBQ was high on everyone's list. After having a slab of their dry rubbed ribs it's high on my list as well. Succulent and flavorful, the pork fell off the bone and the smoker... More 

Thank blklthrjkt
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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138 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Popular hole in the wall was worth the trip. The sides were great and so was the meat. However, I cannot give a 5 to a BBQ joint when the sauce does not speak to me.

Thank Blake H
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the Ribs and Pulled Pork "A+ rated!" . Moist, Tender, perfect texture for ribs. Unbelievably "That Good". And "NO," I do not have any affiliation with any personnel, owner, or employees. Just a lover of Bar-B-Que. Hot sauce was not my husband's favorite. Baked Beans were also scrumptious, "A+". Cole Slaw was "B" rated. Put a little house made... More 

Thank Travelingiswhere
Germantown, Tennessee
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Used to have great food and great service, but something has changed. Had to send a simple order back twice tonight, and finally just asked for our money back. This used to be our go to restaurant with a great pet friendly patio, but we'll be searching for another. Very disappointed

Thank 8440Tom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Food is so good. Some of the best BBQ we have eaten. We definitely will come back when we are in Memphis.

Thank Andrea H
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We chose this BBQ place as I am a vegetarian, and they offered options I could eat, but the entire family loved their BBQ. The service was great and they kept the tables clean and tidy. There was a line, but it moved really fast!

Thank Melissa F

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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, 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?