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The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America

Every city has that one place that tourists and locals alike go to for local flavor. Which one is the best?

Corky’s BBQ

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Memphis
The 1950s-inspired restaurant, set inside a rustic barn with aged brick and bright neon décor, has been rated the city’s top barbecue joint 22 times since 1984. In true Memphis style, Corky’s meats are slow cooked over hickory wood and charcoal. Every pork shoulder is hand pulled, and chefs have trimming each slab of ribs down to a science. Waiters clad in bowties and white shirts serve the ribs two ways: The dry version is basted with a special sauce and sprinkled with a spice and salt rub, while wet ribs are doused with Corky’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Both come with a healthy mound of baked beans, coleslaw and fresh-baked rolls.
Website: corkysbbq.com
Twitter: @CorkysMemphis

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