Central BBQ

★★★★☆
  • 2249 Central Ave

    Memphis, TN 38104

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  • 901-272-9377

About Central BBQ

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Mon-Sun: 11am-9pm

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Central BBQ has the best BBQ I've ever had at a restaurant. I've been before so I knew it was good, but my boyfriend and I decided that on our next trip to Memphis we would bring his parents. Three of us got regular pork sandwiches. I

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★★★★★

Central BBQ has the best BBQ I've ever had at a restaurant. I've been before so I knew it was good, but my boyfriend and I decided that on our next trip to Memphis we would bring his parents. Three of us got regular pork sandwiches. I

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My boyfriend and I were driving across country from CA to NC and a friend suggested we stopped at Central BBQ while in Memphis, TN. Totally worth it!!! We ordered dry rub ribs, dry rub wings and a pulled pork sandwich. The sandwich was good, but the ribs and wings were AMAZING!!! Loved them. I didn't even care that I was getting the food all over my face. I just wanted to enjoy them! I have recommended this place to everyone I know that is heading out to TN. I will make a point of it to go back for sure!!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I were driving across country from CA to NC and a friend suggested we stopped at Central BBQ while in Memphis, TN. Totally worth it!!! We ordered dry rub ribs, dry rub wings and a pulled pork sandwich. The sandwich was good, but the ribs and wings were AMAZING!!! Loved them. I didn't even care that I was getting the food all over my face. I just wanted to enjoy them! I have recommended this place to everyone I know that is heading out to TN. I will make a point of it to go back for sure!!

Pros: Dry rub ribs, wings, BBQ sauce

Cons: Slightly long line

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Central BBQ has the best BBQ portabella mushroom sandwich. I had it for the first time a few weeks ago and was just amazed. This sandwich is a must!!!!

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★★★★★

Central BBQ has the best BBQ portabella mushroom sandwich. I had it for the first time a few weeks ago and was just amazed. This sandwich is a must!!!!

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I guess I should give the restaurant 4 stars because their sandwiches are just average, but their ribs are just so darn good that it makes up for the rest. If you like dry ribs, this is second to none I've ever been to. The sauce is good-not Interstate- but good. The sides are good as well, but I just keep going back to the fact that the ribs are to die for.

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★★★★★

I guess I should give the restaurant 4 stars because their sandwiches are just average, but their ribs are just so darn good that it makes up for the rest. If you like dry ribs, this is second to none I've ever been to. The sauce is good-not Interstate- but good. The sides are good as well, but I just keep going back to the fact that the ribs are to die for.

Pros: Best ribs anywhere

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Quite possibly the worst BBQ in town. I was very unimpressed by the new age yuppie atmosphere and the syrupy tomato paste that they called BBQ sauce. The service was equally poor whenever one of the employees spilled my beer and walked off without saying anything or refilling the beer. I give this place an F-.

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★☆☆☆☆

Quite possibly the worst BBQ in town. I was very unimpressed by the new age yuppie atmosphere and the syrupy tomato paste that they called BBQ sauce. The service was equally poor whenever one of the employees spilled my beer and walked off without saying anything or refilling the beer. I give this place an F-.

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OK, here's the deal. I live in memphis. I moved here for dental school a few years ago. I eat BBQ more than anyone you know, just trust me on that. I have gone to virtually every BBQ restaurant in Memphis a dozen times (except for the ones that are horrible, but to be honest, it's hard to mess it up. I would rather have bad BBQ than a lot of other foods). Anyway, the BBQ at Central is outstanding. The sauces are absolutely fantastic. BBQ Chicken Nachos and regular BBQ nachos are both incredible. They often have live bands performing for free entertainment on the gigantic outdoor patio. Do yourself a favor and go eat at Central. It will cost you about $7-$10 per person, unless you want to go to heaven and have the ribs. I recommend half wet and half dry. The best of both worlds. Oh, and they often hand you the food before you can even get to a table. I swear they are that fast. Consistently. I will stop typing now because I could go on for hours. Everyone at my school, literally over 100 faithful customers, would agree completely with everything I wrote. Probably with even greater passion. If you want to have a great life... Have fun, pay your taxes, and eat at Central BBQ.

The BBQ Shop on Madison Ave is good also, but not quite an equal. If you decide to pass on BBQ go to Huey's on Madison for the perfect Midtown Memphis dining experience (chicken philly cheesesteak and steak fries!!!!). Peace!

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★★★★★

OK, here's the deal. I live in memphis. I moved here for dental school a few years ago. I eat BBQ more than anyone you know, just trust me on that. I have gone to virtually every BBQ restaurant in Memphis a dozen times (except for the ones that are horrible, but to be honest, it's hard to mess it up. I would rather have bad BBQ than a lot of other foods). Anyway, the BBQ at Central is outstanding. The sauces are absolutely fantastic. BBQ Chicken Nachos and regular BBQ nachos are both incredible. They often have live bands performing for free entertainment on the gigantic outdoor patio. Do yourself a favor and go eat at Central. It will cost you about $7-$10 per person, unless you want to go to heaven and have the ribs. I recommend half wet and half dry. The best of both worlds. Oh, and they often hand you the food before you can even get to a table. I swear they are that fast. Consistently. I will stop typing now because I could go on for hours. Everyone at my school, literally over 100 faithful customers, would agree completely with everything I wrote. Probably with even greater passion. If you want to have a great life... Have fun, pay your taxes, and eat at Central BBQ.

The BBQ Shop on Madison Ave is good also, but not quite an equal. If you decide to pass on BBQ go to Huey's on Madison for the perfect Midtown Memphis dining experience (chicken philly cheesesteak and steak fries!!!!). Peace!

Pros: immaculate bbq and ribs, music, sweet tea, free drink with college ID and everyone always gets a souveneir cup!!!

Cons: you can't rent a booth and live there permanently

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Look, Memphis is arguably the best barbeque town in the world. Well, this is the best barbeque that I've had and I'm somewhat of a connoisseur, but no expert. They specialize in dry-rubbed and moked pork. However, do not let the smoked turkey pass you by. They have 4 to 5 home-made sauces from a very flavorful mustard sauce to a sharp vinegar-based sauce. To top all of this off, they make their own home-made potato chips with their signature dry rub seasoning sprinkled over them. I'm shocked this place has not been reveiwed.

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★★★★★

Look, Memphis is arguably the best barbeque town in the world. Well, this is the best barbeque that I've had and I'm somewhat of a connoisseur, but no expert. They specialize in dry-rubbed and moked pork. However, do not let the smoked turkey pass you by. They have 4 to 5 home-made sauces from a very flavorful mustard sauce to a sharp vinegar-based sauce. To top all of this off, they make their own home-made potato chips with their signature dry rub seasoning sprinkled over them. I'm shocked this place has not been reveiwed.

Pros: Food quality, variety, outdoor seating available. It's a hole in the wall.

Cons: Can be very busy. Matter-of-fact service.

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I've not had the ribs here but the the shoulder is tasty. The vinegar based sauce is a little thin for my taste but has good flavor. There's a great deck with just the right amount of shade in the early evening. All in all, I'd say it's a good place to go for a sandwich, beer and outside dining.

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★★★☆☆

I've not had the ribs here but the the shoulder is tasty. The vinegar based sauce is a little thin for my taste but has good flavor. There's a great deck with just the right amount of shade in the early evening. All in all, I'd say it's a good place to go for a sandwich, beer and outside dining.

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If you want the best, go to Central BBQ. I have eaten at a lot of BBQ places and Central is by far the best. They are very reasnably priced too. You won't be disappointed!

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★★★★★

If you want the best, go to Central BBQ. I have eaten at a lot of BBQ places and Central is by far the best. They are very reasnably priced too. You won't be disappointed!

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Be prepared to stand in line for your ribs during peak times at this small counter-service-only 'cue shop. Central's respectable versions of tangy ribs and pulled pork shoulder have put the place on the map. Central also serves up fiery…

 

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