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Corky's BBQ

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5259 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119-3513
+1 901-685-9744
10:45 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 10:45 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 10:45 - 22:00
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

great place to eat the best bbq I have ever had service was great food came every fast I might have to buy some of there bbq if they ship it was that good price was not bad a most stop place

Thank Carl M
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly waitress, Suzzy. She made sure we always had every thing we needed and ordering with her there were none of the usual awkward situations. You got your food quickly and let me tell you it was delicious. From the bun to the meat every thing was made to... More 

Thank Kayla G
Tinley Park, Illinois
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

OK it's Memphis and there are about 100 great places for ribs. But you want to start here. Family owned and well established I think this is the best. You may have to wait a bit or more but it is worth the wait you MUST try the tamales and of course the dry rub ribs.

Thank Maria J
Saint Louis, Missouri
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294 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All around a disappointment. The smell of the pork was amazing and my daughter and I were very excited. The pork came out dry and was not good quality. My wife ordered the catfish, it was very good. The hush puppies were tasteless and burnt.

Thank hallercf
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Recent trip to Memphis and we went to three different places for Q. Corky's was the second best of the three we tried. Ribs were well done (could have used more seasoning) and fairly moist. Sides were average.

Thank lutz1
Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on a recommendation of a local when we were nearby (at the Crystal Shrine Grotto), and only later realized that this is apparently a famous spot for "gold standard" Memphis BBQ. If you like smoked meats, this is your place. Smells like heaven. I got the pulled pork on a salad so that I could pretend I... More 

Thank hasu424
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great fall off the bones ribs. Had the 2 person special rack of ribs, half wet, half dry the mMemphis way. Very impressive full rack of ribs for us to share.

Thank sheevatrip
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised to find that we have ribs as good or better then Memphis. I was told Corky's was the best. I would like to try all the others but only here for one day. I have been eating ribs for long time and DJ's of Weirton, West Virgina are better.

Thank Joseph C
Arlington, TN., United States
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Certainly a good place to go for Memphis BBQ. Several Memphis locations. Always tasty and good service

Thank Gaye W
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found it to be a little disappointing on this visit. Wait staff did not fill drinks. Food was good but service is down.

Thank Marsha M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 21:30
10:45 - 22:00
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?