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Corky's BBQ

#16 of 1,219 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Catered lunch was great

We had pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken, wet and dry ribs. I had them all. I ate myself silly. The food was too good to stop. I think I liked the dry rub ribs the best, but it was all awesome.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Guiseppe_Brown
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken, wet and dry ribs. I had them all. I ate myself silly. The food was too good to stop. I think I liked the dry rub ribs the best, but it was all awesome.

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Mobile, Alabama, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My family and I ate here for lunch on a Monday while we were visiting Memphis. A staff member at our hotel recommended that we eat here for good BBQ. We got there about 2:00. We did not have to wait, but they were still very crowded for that time of day on a weekday. They have several lunch specials... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We spent the night in Memphis and thought we would try the ribs here since Corky's was less than a mile away from our hotel. They were okay but nothing to write home about. The best ribs we have ever tasted are in Kansas City so everything is compared to those. The slab we ordered to go was suppose to... More 

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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Had not been to Corky's in many years, (hadn't been to Memphis), finally had the opportunity to return. On the servers suggestion, had the rack of ribs, half wet and half dry. Wow, the ribs were just as I remembered them from years ago. Fall off the bone, but with a little firmness to them that they weren't mushy. The... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

First visit as we were passing thru Memphis. Recommended by a St. Judes doctor whom claimed Ribs were a bit of a religion in Memphis. Well, welcome to the alter of the temple of ribs. Same simple menu that has stood the test of time over the years. Emphasis is Ribs, get the ribs, you can get chicken, pork or... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The ambiance was beautiful. We had a wonderful meal served by gracious hostesses and wait staff. The food was incredible.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

When I first arrived it smelled like a delicious bar b que cook off! I just knew I was in for a real treat! So I ordered the dry ribs and brisket. The ribs were REALLY dry, it was like eating jerky! None of the food had a smoke taste to it, it was like it was cooked in the... More 

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

Hi Jaime, Thank you for your feedback! I’ve sent you a private message following up for more details on your review. I look forward to hearing back from you there! Thanks, Jan Klein Corky’s Memphis More 

Denton, Texas
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99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Had the opportunity to eat at the original Corky's BBQ on Poplar Ave. in Memphis. Shared a jumbo pulled pork sandwich and a slab of dry rub ribs with my wife. Also had a couple of Corkey's Pale Ale drafts. We both really enjoyed the ale. Very light and refreshing for a pale ale. We both thought the pulled pork... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food and service at this location(Poplar Ave.) is okay. The parking is TERRIBLE! HOWEVER! The food and service and parking and even the building is WONDERFULLY GREAT at their Germantown Road restaurant. I do not understand why the food is different as they say that all is done by the same recipes, but it is.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I went because of the reviews on TripAdvisor but I was very disappoined. The BBQ nachos were not good. Some of the chips were stale, there was too much BBQ sauce and the cheese sauce was average. i will not be going back. I'm nott a rib person so I thought this would be a good alternative.My waitress was great... More 

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

Sorry to hear your experience didn't live up to our standards, Sharon. We appreciate your feedback and would like to address your concerns – please be on the lookout for a private message from me! More 

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Additional Information about Corky's BBQ

Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
Phone Number: (901) 685-9744
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
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
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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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 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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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