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Corky's BBQ

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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
+1 901-685-9744
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10:45 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:00
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Jacksonville, Florida
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was looking for some authentic, Southern BBQ. Tried this place. The slow cooked BBQ was VERY good. Got a side of green beans which were also delicious and placed into a little dish that managed to keep them very warm the entire meal. I loved that. Hushpuppies were a little dry but still decent and had a little "kick" to... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is possibly one of the best BBQ restaurants in the country. We were welcomed by Karla, the bartender. Karla recommended the combo plate with the dry-rubbed ribs and the pulled pork. The food was amazing! BBQ, sides and rolls were delicious. Service was top notch. Don't miss a trip to Corky's when in Memphis!

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Thank Anne G
Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Googled before choosing a BBQ restaurant in Memphis and picked this due to the dry rub comments. Hubby really enjoyed and some decent options for myself since I don't eat pork or beef. Friendly service and decent price. Negatives-non existant wine menu and bacon on salads.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My son and I went on a road trip from Michigan to Texas, to Louisiana, and back home. Obviously, we made some stops along the way, so we made it into an adventure. I've never been to Memphis, but I had to try some great BBQ. I read some reviews online and thought this would be a perfect location for... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went here on a Saturday night so was very busy. Had both the Memphis style dry rub and wet style ribs. Liked them both. Very tender and tasty. Love the textured difference between the two. The beans and hushpuppies were outstanding. If you like BBQ, you be happy eating here. It's a bit of a drive from downtown, but worth... More 

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of our favorite Memphis restaurants that we frequent often in two locations. Excellent, tasty, fresh menu items. Family friendly, great service, good service. Very popular with the locals, word and of mouth advertisement is always positive. Portions are large, prices are reasonable, variety is sufficient to please any taste.

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Fairhope, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great BBQ - perfectly smoked pork and yummy sweet smokey sauce. The lady at the bar taking carry out orders was a hoot!. She was personable, smiling and sang along with the awesome R&B music being played. I really enjoyed chatting with her as she multi tasked, never stopping from serving her customers with a smile and a song.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to corky's on a business trip with coworkers. Everyone liked their choices of bbq ribs, turkey, and steaks. Corkys also had great appetizers and other choices. Food was great, service was good. We had to wait awhile even though it was a thursday night.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have long been a fan of dry rub ribs. I think that Corky's is by far and away the best. It is spicer than most. Try the tamales with chili. A great starter, but share around. The rib rack is large, and you don't want to fill up before they arrive. One note of caution; the original Poplar location... More 

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atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really had high expectations for Memphis Bar B Q. got the Dry rub ribs. Honestly, I like the Atlanta version better. Nothing against Corky's, they had plenty of food, fast service, and very reasonable prices. The ribs just did not knock our socks off.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:45 - 21:30
Monday
10:45 - 21:30
Tuesday
10:45 - 21:30
Wednesday
10:45 - 21:30
Thursday
10:45 - 21:30
Friday
10:45 - 22:00
Saturday
10:45 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis
  • Phone Number: +1 901-685-9744

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?