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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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Vail, Arizona
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

A great memory of our trip thru Memphis. Corky's appear to be a local chain, we saw others later on in Tennessee, but this one I believe is the original. Nice place, casual, friendly servers with a bit of sass which we loved! Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves, servers, busboys and customers! Seated quickly even though they were busy,... More 

Thank Karen S
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

The parking is terrible-I had to park across the street and dart across traffic but the food is so worth it!!!!

Thank 829rhondac
Level Contributor
20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Not the best BBQ in Memphis but good enough. I'm a big fan of the apple BBQ sauce which they sadly don't sell on any means in restaurant, but I highly recommend you try it. I'm more a dry person but this sweet sauce gets me every time.

Thank Kevin F
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Waiting time to get a table was far too long, in the crowded foyer , particularly as we had children with us. Restaurant lacked ambience. Should provide better space for guests waiting for a table. Meals were of generous sizes but once eaten, because of noise and people coming and going, decided not to order dessert. We're recommended by a... More 

Thank John W
Collinsville, Illinois
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60 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

This is a must if ever in Memphis. Their bbq is amazing. The portions are huge. Love the atmosphere.

Thank Dawn M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Melanie our server was great. The manager Shantee( not sure about the spelling) was very,very friendly and energetic. Greets everyone with a smile. Looks very experienced.Waiting for half an our for our seats was worth it. I would definitely go back again to this place. Keep up the good work.

Thank Bob1959
Memphis, Tennessee
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

What sets these ribs apart from others is that they are very juicy and tender. For me, they were almost too tender, but most people like that and it's definitely worth trying for comparison.

Thank jdp6575
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Excellent food and service. Had what the server suggested since I had not been there before and was not disappointed. The server was also very friendly and efficient.

Thank chrisinirvine
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

We all loved Corkys! Great food and great service. The hush puppies were some of the best I've tried. Loved the vibe!

Thank Michelle S
Phoenix, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015 via mobile

Living in Phoenix, we dont have great BBQ. So it was a must do when we visited Memphis. We asked at Sun Studio where a good BB place was and he directed us to Corkys. We were glad he did. We stuffed ourselves, loving every bite. It's one of the reasons we are already planning a return visit to Memphis... More 

Thank Jerry K

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?