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Manotas at Central BBQ
Great food, very dog friendly!
Great food, very dog friendly!


Central BBQ is dog friendly! Central slow-smokes their ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, beef brisket, sausage, and bologna. Premium meats are rubbed with a secret combination of dry spices, marinated for 24 hours, then smoked low and slow in the pit over a combination of hickory and pecan woods. Be sure to try all of their BBQ sauces, too. Live music on the porch rounds adds to the appeal. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.


BringFido Guest Rating

Central BBQ has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 13 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jul. 2, 2020
    Great patio

    The outside patio was great, even had some grassy areas. The food was fantastic, plenty of local beer on tap also !!

  • Jun. 30, 2020

    Went because we were traveling and needed a place to stop with our dog. They seemed super annoyed we had a dog and the staff was altogether unfriendly. They all acted like they would rather be closed. The food was ok but nothing special at all. We all walked away very underwhelmed

  • Jul. 28, 2019
    Friendly and accommodating

    Had plenty of room on their 6 picnic table patio. There was even a grass area for him to chill.

  • More than a year ago
    Great patio

    Needed a quick lunch stop as we drove through Memphis with our pup. Patio had plenty of seating and space for our dog to eat/drink and hang out while we enjoyed smoked ribs. Food and service was great. Thx for welcoming us and our furbaby!

  • More than a year ago
    Okay Place

    There was plenty of room for us and our German Shepherd outside with even a little grass area, but the BBQ was not really what we were expecting

  • More than a year ago
    Great choice

    We are so glade we came. Fabulous food & friendly staff. My pup enjoyed the covered patio and a few samples.

  • More than a year ago
    Great place for lunch!

    First, the food was incredible. The pulled pork sandwich was delicious and the banana pudding was awesome (even as someone who doesn't like banana pudding). On top of that, they were so great about our puppy. He was allowed on the covered patio and the staff were just really friendly.

  • More than a year ago
    Bring the Whole Family

    Great ribs! Nice patio for the dog. They even let me bring wine cuz they only serve beer. We’ll be back!

  • More than a year ago
    friendly & hot!

    Our dog was grateful for the water puddle in the back patio - which has a generous grassy area. Food was good. Beer excellent. Very enjoyable

  • More than a year ago
    good location, good patio

    Food was pretty good, though I don't recommend the brisket if you're used to TX brisket. Potato salad and pulled pork are delicious. Patio was nice, but there were a ton of flies.

  • More than a year ago
    Outside seating

    Food is great but the outside seating area was full of flies. We had to get out of there quickly!

  • More than a year ago
    best Q in Memphis

    Repeatedly voted #1. If you want the best BBQ in Memphis, go to Central. They have three locations: Central, Summer and Butler (downtown). The smoked turkey is way underrated and the portobello mushroom is delicious. I've taken my dog to the Central and Summer locations.

  • More than a year ago

    Truly enjoyed the pulled pork and ribs - very well done, especially the dry ribs. The mac n cheese is awesome, potato salad a nice simple flavor, decent sauce. The brisket was pretty lame in comparison to Texas but we understand that's not what Memphis is known for so cant really compare.

    Loved that they were dog friendly on the patio - it was hot and they brought a bowl of water, then checked up on us a few times. Very nice.

    Not sure what the gun toting security guard is about...?

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King Josh at Central BBQ in Memphis, TN

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