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Corky's BBQ

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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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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
Come hungry and save room for dessert!

Corky's was EXCELLENT! We were in Memphis for MLK day weekend and tried as many BBQ restaurants as possible- this was our favorite! Ironically, we were on a Memphis tour and had a BBQ snack/lunch at another restaurant, but the tour guide mentioned Corky's was the best! We have to agree! It's far... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Julie L
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City, Missouri
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Corky's was EXCELLENT! We were in Memphis for MLK day weekend and tried as many BBQ restaurants as possible- this was our favorite! Ironically, we were on a Memphis tour and had a BBQ snack/lunch at another restaurant, but the tour guide mentioned Corky's was the best! We have to agree! It's far enough from the tourist areas so the... More 

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Thank Julie L
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Personal opinion is its the best in town of many that are here. Definitely a must if you're in town. Great barbecue and staff

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Thank Lsutgrs
Ohio
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88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We sure enjoyed our meal. We shared dry rubbed ribs and the pulled pork. The atmosphere was enjoyable. Our waitress said she had been there 18 years. When we went to leave she gave us great directions to a theater and she saved us from getting lost in Memphis .

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Thank Ohioillinois
Saint Peters, Missouri
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Memphis, this restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel. It was a great juice! The atmosphere was fun, the employees were very friendly and the food was amazing! Would definitely recommend!

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Thank kristinaw898
Fort Worth, Texas
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were in town for one night, with one goal. Eat BBQ and get a local craft beer. Accomplished! The wait staff were friendly and attentive. We were seated right away. We decided what we wanted quickly, ribs and pulled pork. Yum! The waiter recommended Corky's own brew, which turned out to be a good red ale.... More 

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Festus, MO
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with friends after church, had a party of 11. Everyone had lunch specials. The food was all good, reasonably priced and the service was quick. The barbeque nachos were outstanding.

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Thank Paula K
San Diego
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55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every time I visit Memphis, I have to go to Corky's BBQ at least once. I love the pulled pork sandwiches and the ribs. This was the first time we went through the drive thru and it was fast and convenient and the food tasted just as good! We love Corky's so much that we ordered a combo pack meal... More 

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Thank SDCandybar
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent!! Wait was a little long but well worth it for the food. Wait staff was very courteous. Definitely recommend & would go back!!

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Thank lsmith2016
Memphis, Tennessee
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Corky's used to be pretty good 'back in the day.' I guess they grew too big too quickly or something. It is absolutely not worth the prices they are asking because the food is mediocre at best. I am from the Memphis area and have had BBQ all over the Mid-South so I know good BBQ. Corky's - don't waste... More 

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Thank LJenni
Carlsbad, CA
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OK, so we are not the biggest backers of barbecue. But when in Memphis, this you must do. We tried both the wet and dry rub ribs and both had off-the-chart goodness. The shrimp was so-so and we only sampled the accompanying chicken, because the ribs are so darned good! And the wait staff is wonderful, helpful and fun. So... More 

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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, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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