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Corky's BBQ

#14 of 1,204 Restaurants in Memphis
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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
Today
10:45 am - 9:30 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, Dessert, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 696
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  • 277
    Very good
  • 106
    Average
  • 30
    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
Best BBQ in Tennessee

Out of this world BBQ, especially their dry rub. Corky's really opened me up to this style of barbecue and it's fantastic here. They have great "wet" (saucy) BBQ too! A must-stop when you're in Memphis.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
PJisosceles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Out of this world BBQ, especially their dry rub. Corky's really opened me up to this style of barbecue and it's fantastic here. They have great "wet" (saucy) BBQ too! A must-stop when you're in Memphis.

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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Hotel staff recommended this restaurant and we were not disappointed. Very busy place but we didn't wait long to be seated with our big group. Servers seemed to be overwhelmed (as did busboys) but we were well taken care of. Everything everyone in our group ate was delicious! Slaw, beans, sandwiches, and dessert! Don't skip dessert! We'll definitely stop again... More 

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Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Onion rings were good but the BBQ and ribs were disappointing. Could not eat all of meal. NC BBQ is much better!

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Freeville, New York, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. The ribs and pulled pork were excellent and the sides were just as good. The service was fabulous. We ordered and the food came out so quickly that I thought it was for another table. The waiter was personable and the atmosphere was interesting. This is a must do... More 

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Mableton, Georgia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

While on my way to Little Rock, asked SIRI to recommend a good place for barbeque and she suggested Corky's. Man was I in for a treat. I couldn't make up my mind so I decided to get the rib and chicken combo. Talking about delicious; the meat was so tender. It just seemed to melt in my mouth. Make... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We have tried nearly every barbeque joint in town and this is the best one we have found, we especially like the one on Central Avenue. Pulled pork plate is the best, along with barbeque potatoe chips, mac and cheese and baked beans. Lines can be long but it is worth the wait.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

When in town, I always pay a visit to Corky's. I can't miss the dry BBQ ribs, they are great! But take the time to taste other BBQs in Memphis, you will find great surprises...

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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

When we want BarBQ, sit down or take out, we head to Corky's. Parking can be a challenge, but it's worth maneuvering. Good, generous menu, best service, great music and relaxed atmosphere. Made for eating and having a good time. Not loud or rowdy, when we go. Recommended for tourists and Memphians.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is the best BBQ in Memphis for me. For pull pork or ribs, it is great. I really like their sauce. Only limitation is that they do not have a full bar, but who wants more that a beer or Coke with BBQ.

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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228 reviews 228 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The appearance is very old fashion, the prices are good, and the waitstaff is incredibly lively. Very fun place to eat. I had the ribs, the meat fell off the bone, and the dry rub was outstanding.

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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: Local cuisine, Families with children
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?