How to Improve Central Barbecue’s Nachos

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 16th 2012 125 24

As long as I've ordered the barbecue nachos at Central Barbecue, I've loved them. But once reader Thomas W. pointed out a simple modification, my love for the already delicious dish grew larger than the red plastic basket it's served in.


I thought there was only one, menu-dictated way to order barbecue nachos: on tortilla chips.  While tortilla chips are a perfectly fine base for a mess of pulled pork, cheese and sauce, they're not the best way. The best way is to order your nachos on Central's house-made potato chips.

It doesn't cost anything extra and it makes all of the difference. Look, I'm not here to tell you what to do, but if you only care about your chips as an efficent pork and cheese delivery system, stick with the tortilla. If you're the kind of person who wants something more, something spicier and crunchier that will add an extra layer of flavor, uprgrade to the housemade chips.

I know what kind of person I am. I'm the kind that's never ordering the nachos with tortilla chips ever again.

Go there:

You can find the nachos at any of Central Barbecue's locations, but why not try the new, huge one downtown:

Central Barbecue

147 E. Butler Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    i always order them with a side of slaw, and then garnish. AMAZING.

  2. ramjam says:

    I get it with the house chips occasionally but it's usually waaay too salty to finish.  I'd stick with the corn chips.

  3. Micah says:

    The simplest news is the biggest. Tonight's dinner plans made!

  4. Nathan says:

    I get them with half and half chips. It's the best of both worlds.

  5. Jen says:

    My hubby gets them with fries instead. As debaucherous as it is, I can't resist stealing a few. Good thing I can ease my guilt with the amazing portabella sandwich.

  6. Caroline says:

    You are missing out if you're not getting them on fries!

  7. Jack says:

    Am I the only one who feels the amount of cheese on the nachos overwhelms all the other deliciousness on the plate?

  8. Matthew says:

    A cool idea that you can try with the BBQ Nachos is instead ordering the BBQ with chips, replace the chips with fries and it tastes soooo good.

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