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Corky's BBQ

#15 of 1,288 Restaurants in Memphis
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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
Today
10:45 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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    Very good
  • 105
    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 of 5 stars
All our family loves the barbecue

When our out of town family and friends come, they all want "Corky's" from barbcue to tamales, to fudge pie. It's all good. We usually have 25-30 so we order take out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Jane P
,
Germantown, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Germantown, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

When our out of town family and friends come, they all want "Corky's" from barbcue to tamales, to fudge pie. It's all good. We usually have 25-30 so we order take out.

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Olathe, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

We are a little partial to Kansas City bbq but this was our second stop on a recent trip to Memphis. We were going to get the dry ribs but after asking around we decided to do a slab of half dry and half wet. The wet was way better! The dry was just that, dry. I thought the ribs... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Corky' s is my favorite Southern bar-b-que restaurant anywhere. Their pulled pork sandwiches and pulled pork plates are delicious. Took a colleague to the Poplar Avenue location during a business trip and she loved the pulled pork plate. We also split the fudge pie - it is divine. I also ate at the Germantown location and the food was equally... More 

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

Thanks Laura! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Dexter, Michigan
Top Contributor
191 reviews 191 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The food is stuck in the high calorie, large portion barebeque style of the 60'. The food is Okay but the sauce and spice were lacking. My wife's 1/2 rack was average with minimum heat. My piulled pork was plentiful but the sauce sparse and some wht at bland. The atmosphere could use some freshening. The service was fine

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Vancouver Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Both my partner and I were looking for BBQ while in Memphis as we are from Canada. We picked this place at random and although we had ribs throughout Tennessee and Mississippi on our trip these were the best of the bunch. The service was friendly and the portions were large. I prefer the dry rub and they definitely do... More 

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Kelsey, Ca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We stopped for dinner while passing through Memphis. My husband had the dry rub ribs at the suggestion of the waiter along with the BBQ chicken. Holy cow! It was fabulous! I had the beef brisket with slaw and beans and it was great too. The kids had spaghetti with the meat sauce and I tasted it and it was... More 

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Arkansas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The ribs aren't cooked evenly. The ends are often so tough you cannot chew them. The dry rub has a little too much rub on it when plated. It's like you are eating a mouthful of salt. The atmosphere is nice...and it's an institution in Memphis. The banana pudding is good.

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Halifax, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Portions were large, the ribs and chicken were the best we ever had, and the waitress was friendly and vibrant

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Dallas, Texas
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83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Being from Dallas, TX I did not know what to expect. What an outstanding surprise! Our dinner consisted of one slab of dry rub ribs, coleslaw, beans, fries, pulled pork sandwich, hot bread, and iced tea. I cannot say one thing that needed improving as everything was delicious. Even the to go container was plastic that is recyclable instead of... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Pulled pork bbq sandwich. That's it! All of their food is good but this sandwich is as good as Memphis bbq gets. And Memphis is the best! I have had bbq in AR, TX, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TN, KS/MO....and other spots not worth mentioning scattered across the US.

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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, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?