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Center Street Smoke House
Center Street Smoke House
20 Center St
Batavia, NY, 14020
(585) 343-7470


Monday-Thursday: 4-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 4-11pm
Sunday: 4-8pm

Center Street Smokehouse, est 2001, is dedicated to the true down home taste of the Old South, slow cooked over oak and hickory wood until just right. We serve over 30 tons of BBQ every year pulled pork, St. Louis cut dry rubbed ribs, Texas beef brisket BBQ chicken, prime cut steaks and chops, and unique sandwiches. You don't have to travel to the south for great BBQ when the best of the south is right around the corner at The Center Street Smokehouse. If BBQ was a religion, Center Street Smokehouse would be its Cathedral!!

Photos: St. Patrick's Day at Center Street and O'Lacy's

Original Source: The Batavian

Originally published in The Batavian March 17, 2015


LA taco wagon transformed into BBQmobile

Original Source: The Batavian

Originally published in The Batavian March 17, 2015

A former taco wagon from Los Angeles is now a Southern BBQ truck in WNY.

The transformation was made by Cregg Paul, owner of Center Street Smoke House, who bought the truck from a seller in Fayetteville, NC, and drove the truck to Batavia.

It was exciting to see an authentic taco wagon on Center Street for a couple of weeks, but carne asada wasn't in Paul's plans. He's sticking to what he does best: brisket, ribs and pulled pork.


The truck is available for catered happenings and Paul plans on using it at festivals and other public events.


Photos: St. Patrick's Day in Batavia, 2014

Original Source: The Batavian

Originally published in The Batavian March 18, 2014

Batavia celebrated St. Patrick's Day, of course. I made it by Center Street for the McMahon Irish Dancers and came back later for music by Steve Balesteri with Michael DiSanto on guitar.


Photos: Acoustic duo at Center Street Smokehouse

Original Source: The Batavian

Originally published in The Batavian May 24, 2013

After covering Section V playoff baseball at Dwyer Stadium, I stopped in Center Street Smokehouse to warm up and found myself enjoying the acoustic duo the Steve Balisteri Band. Since I had my camera with me, I thought I'd make a couple of photos.

I'll have coverage of the baseball games in the morning. Batavia won 1-0 and Notre Dame won 2-0.


Photos: Batavians get their Irish on

Original Source: The Batavian

Originally published in The Batavian March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day at Center Street in 2012


Center Street celebrates 10 years of bringing a little bit of the South to Batavia

Original Source: The Batavian

Wednesday, Dec. 7, Center Street Smoke House will celebrate 10 years in business.

To commemorate the occasion, co-owner Cregg Paul is planning a special menu at 1940s era prices -- draft beer for 50 cents and BBQ ribs, for example, at $3.41.

"Not a lot of places that have survived 10 years," Paul noted. "I've seen a number in Batavia come and go, come and go, come and go, so to be around for the 10-year mark is quite an accomplishment."

In 2000, Paul, his brother Scott and friend Tommy Freeman bought at auction a building on Center Street from the City of Batavia that was in a serious state of disrepair.

"It was one of the few free-standing buildings that hadn't been torn down by urban renewal or anything else," Paul said, explaining the trio's interest in the location. "It was a great spot, great history, and it needed to be saved. It was about to cave in when we got it."

The renovation to the 1930s-era structure was total.  Workers spent nine months just removing everything from the interior, then contractors installed new wiring, pluming and heating and air, not to mention building a specialty kitchen for southern BBQ.

The group of friends realized their dream of owning and operating a southern BBQ in the heart of Western New York on Dec. 7 when Center Street opened its doors for the first time.

"Ten years ago when we were thinking about it, we realized there wasn’t really any kind of southern food around anywhere," Paul said. "There was nothing here. Rochester was limited. Buffalo was limited.  We always loved going down south and the food was the best part about going down south, so we thought we would bring that back up here."

The celebration started Wednesday at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.  Besides BBQ beef ribs, the menu will include at $3.41 each, mac & cheese, meat loaf, chicken, and biscuit, with hamburgers going for 75 cents and cheeseburgers for 95 cents.


Photo: The Feast at Center Street Smokehouse

Original Source: The Batavian
After an evening at the Genesee County Fair -- yes, I finally made it, in the last hours of the last day -- I stopped by Center Street Smokehouse for some ribs and a drink. A band called The Feast was rocking the house, so I had to take a picture.

The Orange Blossom Special at Center Street Smokehouse

Original Source: YouTube
Published on Aug 29, 2015
Vinny Pastore with the SkyCats @ Center Street Smokehouse in Batavia NYPublished on Mar 18, 2013

Joe Squared - Little Lion Man (Cover) - Center Street Smokehouse - Batavia, NY 3/17/2013

Original Source: YouTube
Published on Mar 18, 2013

Joe Squared are - 

Joe Lepsch - Guitar and Vocals
Joe Bunce - Djembe and Vocals

The duo performed live at Center Street Smokehouse - 20 Center Street in Batavia, NY Posted March 1, 2010 on YouTube.


Noahs Reign / Van Halen's Ice Cream Man / @ The Center St. Smokehouse

Original Source: YouTube

Posted March 1, 2010 on YouTube.

Total: 9

LOVE the second floor bar. Great place to hang out.
Steven Pagano on Jan, 3, 2017

This restaurant is great. Never a long wait, plenty of room. The food is great and the staff is always accomodating
Barbara Hendershott on Dec, 30, 2016

Some of the BEST wings in all of western New York.
Steven Pagano on Dec, 29, 2016

If you're in the mood for brisket, ribs and chicken then this is the plaee to go, Comfortable atmosphere,tasty food.
Wendy Stellrecht on Dec, 28, 2016

Prime Rib is Primo and love the caesar salad also
Laura Elam on Dec, 28, 2016

Center street is as all around great place to go. Whether it is going out with my friends and enjoying music or going out with my family for some dinner, Center street never disappoints. Whenever my grandparents come up for the south, this is their restaurant of choice.
Devon Kleinbach on Dec, 28, 2016

Center Street Smokehouse food is GREAT!! You can't go wrong going here! Great atmosphere and friendly staff.
Rebecca McDonell on Dec, 13, 2016

One of my favorite places to eat! Great BBQ and a fun and friendly atmosphere!
Deanna Crawford on Dec, 13, 2016

What can you say, great BBQ. Also a well-stocked bar with great, friendly, helpful bartenders. A great place to eat and hang out. Also, great live music from time to time.
Howard Owens on Dec, 5, 2016


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