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Corky's BBQ

#14 of 1,284 Restaurants in Memphis
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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
Today
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 652
    Excellent
  • 257
    Very good
  • 98
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 35
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Go with the dry rub

We had an excellent meal and the service was supper I had to have the ribs which were great but I made the mistake ordering a whole rack too much. The I did half wet and half dry I should have just done dry. We also order some hush puppies since they are unheard of in Iowa and they were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
dwm2757
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iowa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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iowa
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent meal and the service was supper I had to have the ribs which were great but I made the mistake ordering a whole rack too much. The I did half wet and half dry I should have just done dry. We also order some hush puppies since they are unheard of in Iowa and they were... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I had an absolutely amazing experience at Corky's! The staff and atmosphere are so fun and entertaining. And don't even get me started about the barbecue! Goodness gracious it was amazing! And the mac n' cheese was AMAZING! My sister wasn't a huge fan of having cole slaw on her pulled pork sandwich but that's just because she isn't used... More 

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I've been coming to Memphis for 20 years in February of each year. Corky's on Poplar is just where you go. Its where you tell your friends to go, etc. I had to order out for 5 of us this year because we were working late at our hotel over on Germantown Parkway. I picked up ribs for everyone and... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
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135 reviews 135 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I am Southern bred..born..and through and through, which means liking BBQ is in my genetic make up. So when I am in a new town (especially a Southern town know for their Q)..I have to try it. Corkys is known throughout the city for their BBQ and has been featured all over the place on TV and in magazines and... More 

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CorkysBBQ901, Guest Relations Manager at Corky's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in and letting us know you enjoyed your experience! More 

Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We showed up in Memphis at 515, promptly served our food within 10 minutes, no wait no drama. The dry ribs were amazing and the sides were plentiful. Our waitress Achanta showed us the ropes and practice of extra meal there is so much food , save room for the banana pudding.

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Independence,MS
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Its pretty good Memphis BBQ at a reasonable price. They are located in Memphis and even in Olive Branch,MS on Hwy 302 (Goodman Rd) about a mile west of Hwy 78.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As I've said elsewhere, everyone in Memphis has their favorite BBQ and will denounce all others. This one is mine for two simple reasons: it's got the best dry rub rib slabs and banana pudding. I can't even go into detail how great of a deal this restaurant is compared to Rendezvous and how much more flavorful the food and... More 

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CorkysBBQ901, Guest Relations Manager at Corky's BBQ, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Joey. We're glad you and your dad enjoyed your visit! More 

Winchester, KY, United States
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Rated #14 in Memphis and close to my hotel, I tried it. I love good ribs. BBQ taste is a very subjective thing. I am not a Carolina BBQ fan at all. Mustard is not BBQ for me. Corky's is a dry rub rib with a heavy paprika and some cayenne rub. The taste is different and good, but nothing... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Really good food and service. Our table had everything from bbq nachos, ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Everything tasted great. The dry rub ribs were tops.

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Delray Beach, FL
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178 reviews 178 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I LOVE barbeque and try it wherever I go. Tried the dry ribs and they were spectacular! This is a don't miss if you visit Memphis. Doesn't look like much on the outside but nice and clean on the inside - friendly servers - and the ribs are terrific! Do NOT miss this in Memphis!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: (901) 685-9744

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:45 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?