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Cooper Young Community Association
2.9 km from Memphis Zoo
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $33
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
American, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome ribs!...maybe even better than my own...maybe. The host taking my order was very knowledgeable on their product. Take his reccomendations.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024 via mobile

Stopped for lunch. Across the street from the National Civil Rights Museum. Very good pulled pork sandwich. Nice and friendly crowd.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Went with a senior group through Collette. Second time here. They gave us a separate room which was informal but comfortable. No frills place but you don't need it with their menu. Food is UNBELIEVABLE! Great service. We had a buffet set up with anything...you'd want. Plenty of beverages and beer. Attentive server. Eat until you bust. We had someone with special dietary needs which they catered to at our amazement. This is a great place for a family after a long day of site seeing. Take home available for later!!! Great choices.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024

This was good food but quite a wait to order and be served. The portions were huge. I couldn't eat half of it. The ribs were a little tougher than some other places.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

So good! The line is out the door often but it goes fast. Everybody working was so nice & efficient. The ribs are the stuff of BBQ dreams! Beans are awes also. I can't wait to go back someday.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

Central Barbecue in Memphis delivers mouthwatering perfection—tender ribs, bold flavors, and a genuine taste of authentic Southern BBQ. A must-try delight!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

First time at Central BBQ. The customer service was good. My man let me know from jump that they were out of turkey. Didn’t help that I chose to go a day before Thanksgiving. I opted for the brisket plate. It came pretty quickly and...the brisket wasn’t dry, which was good. Sides of mac and cheese plus bbq beans went down a treat. Would definitely recommend if you’re in Memphis.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Food was good. Apparently another ‘world famous’ place. Don’t expect much atmosphere unless you bring your own. Order at the counter with some kid who couldn’t care less and they bring it to the table. Not fine dining by any stretch of anyone’s imagination, but...it’s across from the Civil Rights Museum which is convenient. No idea why they had this scruffy doorman out front.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Having been recommended this place by a friend in USA we had to go. Bad Idea! Shocking attitude from the girl taking my order AND MONEY UPFRONT! She didn't answer questions and honestly if she worked for me......well she wouldn't! The food was OK at...best, not a patch on Moe's BBQ in Alabama for sure. All drinks are tinned, even my wife's wine came from a can! Honestly we couldn't wait to get out of this "canteen" of noise and "suspect" looking people.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023 via mobile

As one who loves to sniff out the best BBQ in towns, this place ranks at the very top! Ribs fell off the bone and were amazing!!!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 September 2023 via mobile

The line was out the door but worth the wait. The ribs were succulent and you can add as much sauce as you want. Great sides- really loved the Mac and Cheese.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

Delicious ribs as well as sides. We ordered a full rack of ribs…half dry rub and half with mild sauce. The Mac and cheese, potato salad, and pork rinds were all delicious. Quick service too…

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

Not much to look at from the street but boy, the food is fantastic!! Good memphis bbq at its finest and reasonably priced! We enjoyed an early dinner

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023

Terrible, ordered a brisket salad, came out in a dripping wet deep fried bowl, brisket was all fat. Returned it to ordering desk, guy said what do you want me to do.. i left it, no refund, will not visit again.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023 via mobile

There is way better Memphis bbq. The brisket and “smoked” turkey were so dry! The ribs have more of an oven baked liquid smoke taste. My husband smokes better bbq at home.

Date of visit: June 2023
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49chrisl
19 December 2019|
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Response from oklambsrus | Reviewed this property |
There are 4 of us and we each ordered different items. All of the items were great. My husband said the ribs were the best he had ever eaten. I had 1/2 chicken and it was really good. All of the sides were great.
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Rebecca M
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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.
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darrencp22
20 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 .
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CENTRAL BBQ, Memphis - 2249 Central Ave, Cooper Young Community Association - Menu & Prices

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Yes, Central BBQ offers takeaway services.

Central BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4