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Corky's BBQ

5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
(901) 685-9744
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Ranked #13 of 1,263 restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The service was excellent. The place was noisy. My wife had the traditional wet ribs. They were okay. A little too done on the end. I had the Memphis ribs. They were okay. The waitress was a spark of joy as most of them were. I have had better ribs back in Lewes, De. at Bethany Blues. It was a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Our first experience with Memphis BBQ and it was outstanding. The dry ribs were some of the best I have every had (and I love ribs!). The BBQ nachos (with pork) were great but maybe a bit too much. The dinner rolls were incredible but again the champ of the meal was the ribs. Try the Rib & Pork platter... More

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Spencer, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

BBQ was good, catfish was good, service was good. Only complaint...out of the t-shirt I wanted. Would stop there again.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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100 reviews 100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Love Corky's on Poplar,since Im very close to the Germantown Pkwy store ,gave it a try. BIG mistake. The service was slow(Restaurant not busy!) The food must have been shipped over from Poplar the week before and reheated by the Dishwashing crew. Reject slab of ribs,tired tasteless Slaw,the Butter spread packages were amazingly well presented. With all of the great... More

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Mustang, Oklahoma
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I couldn't visit Memphis without trying the legendary BBQ so, on a recommendation from a friend, tried Corky's. Even at 8:00 PM the place was packed and there was a pretty good crowd waiting for tables but, dining solo, I was seated right away. The service was friendly and incredibly fast! Not being a rib guy, I usually go for... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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156 reviews 156 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Corky's is located on a commercial strip of Poplar Avenue in East Memphis..away from the tourist sites in downtown but well worth the drive if you can. This is probably the best BBQ in Memphis. We started with BBQ smoked sausage and cheese plate...this was delicious and fun. Then onto the entree...ribs. Ribs (their specialty) are the way to go... More

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We tried the ribs and I must say they were the best I have ever tried! The service and staff are very friendly and accommodating. The next time I am in Memphis, I know where I will be eating!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went thru the drive thru and ordered food for my family. Everyone ate and there were no complains. Win.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Corky's was DELICIOUS. My husband and I shared the slab of ribs, half dry and half wet. We were so happy. The meat just melted away from the bone. Baked beans were really good too and it was obvious the slaw was fresh and homemade. Wait staff was awesome too. Don't miss out on Corky's.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love to take out of town guests to Corky's when they visit. There always is a wait, but well worth it to show people TRUE Memphis BBQ. There onion loaf is wonderful and plentiful! NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL!

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