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Central BBQ

2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
+1 901-272-9377
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pulled pork” (426 reviews)
“ribs” (1,148 reviews)
“bbq nachos” (137 reviews)
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2249 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104-5507
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had the brisket plate with a salad and it was glorious! Memphis BBQ at its best. They give you a ton of food. We were stuffed. Everyone loved all their dishes. I will be back to try more for sure next time I'm here.

Thank JandCsMomma
Reviewed yesterday

It's not a trip to Memphis without a rack of dry rubbed ribs. Central BBQ is the place to go. Great selections on the menu and the food comes out fast and hot. Need to stop in while passing through or make it a stop...More

Thank 73SouthernGent
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great BBQ. Great beer. Great service. Neat folk art. Just an awesome experience. Don’t miss it. It’s not the Rendezvous, but causal and again the service was lovely

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped here after a football game. Walking distance from Liberty Bowl. Great sandwhich and cold beer.

Thank misterjohnny
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A very basic menu, but all the choices are absolutely fantastic. As often in simple things you can find the best experience! I love the pulled pork sandwich!

Thank RikyUnreal
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There's a long line, but the food is worth it! Friendly staff and superior BBQ!! Some of the best ribs I've ever had!

Thank bransonlocal1984
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is what Memphis BBQ is about! The mac n cheese and greens are a perfect side choice. Make sure to save room for the phenomenal banana pudding! Amazing!!

Thank tkelly6
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nearby the civil rights museum this is a place where you can eat ribs and BBQ chicken. It is good, but simple.

Thank Alexandre P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Deserves the accolades. You can get a slab of ribs half dry and half wet if you want to try both. There are many sides including greens, green beans and amazing baked beans to name a few. Best ribs I've ever had and it's right...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved the ribs, spicy wings and atmosphere. Favorite though was the coconut cake. Plenty of free parking. Walked over after Civil Rights museum visit.

Thank Desigal7
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Nearby Attractions
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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.
17 July 2016|
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Response from GeeBee207 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations, but like others have said, it's a good-sized restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining options.
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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