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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #93 of 1,265 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Rendezvous, founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948, started out as an 80 seat tavern serving ham and cheese sandwiches. When Charlie cleaned out the basement beneath his diner, he discovered a coal chute and started a barbecue legend. The coal chute gave Mr. Charlie a vent for his considerable talent over the grill. He developed a unique seasoning fusing his Greek heritage with spices he enjoyed from New Orleans. Mr. Charlie was a collector and hung antiques, memorabilia, and artwork on the walls. This, along with a soulful jukebox, lively waiters, and aromas from the kitchen helped him to create an atmosphere unequalled in the city of Memphis. Today, the restaurant is still in the Vergos family and run by Mr. Charlie's three kids. The ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning. Ribs are the Rendezvous' specialty. Years ago, people started calling them "dry ribs" which is a terrible misnomer. The ribs are neither "wet" nor "dry." They are moist and juicy and come heavily basted in a vinegar solution that should be used for dipping, and they are sprinkled with our unique Rendezvous seasoning. Any use of sauce should be on the side. Most of the main dishes come with a 4 oz side of baked beans and a unique mustard/vinegar based cole slaw. Should you want additional sides, they may be purchased for only $1. While Rendezvous is famous for its ribs, don't overlook the other items on the menu. From the beef brisket to the pulled pork shoulder sandwich to grilled chicken everything is excellent and well seasoned. The newest item, the greek salad, is a recipe that comes all the way from the Vergos' village back in Greece. On your way out, pick up a bag of BBQ popcorn.The Rendezvous can handle parties as large as 300, call us for reservations. Reservations are accepted for 15 people or more during the week and 25 people or more on the weekend based on availablity. Our main dining area is in a basement. If you require elevator access please let our hostess know.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Given some of the negative review and the slant toward this being a tourist spot serving mediocrity, I was pleasntly surprised at Rendezvous not being as bad as others made it out to be. The ribs were a bit flavorless, and not too meaty. That was the bad point, but not terrible. Not a great value, but good enough.

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Miami, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

What can I say that has not been said before? Any BBQ buff visiting Memphis is strongly encouraged to compare Charles Vergo's famous dry rubbed ribs with more conventional ribs. We travel with a small dog and were forced to get carryout but my God were those ribs delicious. If you go, plan on dealing with a crowd, even on... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

By far the best ribs in Memphis, and I am on a life-long quest for the ultimate ribs. These dry-rub ribs were juicy, zesty, and falling-off-the-bone tender. I go there whenever I hit Memphis. The place had been so highly recommended by friends that I expected a let down the first time, especially because dry-rub ribs I've had in the... More

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Cordova, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

been going here since 1960s and before. Its a friendly,fun atmosphere and ribs,pork sandwiches,brisket,chicken,pork nachos,all good. I use to work for an airlines and when people would ask where to eat,i would tell them rendezvous,if they didnt ask me first where it was. Its great for couples, parties, families or just a singles place. Lots of suff to look at... More

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Frederick, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Rendezvous is worth the visit - for both the tradition and the delicious dry rub ribs. We did a BBQ tour of Memphis, some days eating BBQ twice. Rendezvous had by far the best dry rub ribs we tried!

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Dallas, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Brother and I had not eaten there in at least 30 years but we rolled in on Friday afternoon of the World BBQ Championships and decided to chow down before heading on to our hotel in East Memphis. Same delicious dry ribs, beans and slaw we remembered from many years ago. Some things change and some things stay the same... More

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Rhode Island
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215 reviews 215 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Talk about experiencing Memphis - but you do have to look to find this restaurant as it's literally in a back alley and down a set of stairs. The alley actually comes out at the Piedmont Hotel if that helps future travelers. We went for lunch when the only choices were ribs, ribs, or ribs so we had the ribs... More

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Nashville, TN
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

I had been told to go try the ribs here by several people, so we figured we would try it. They weren't bad. And as usual for a rib joint, side items are barely on the menu. While I personally prefer wet ribs, I do also like dry rubs. But these were not very tender. They weren't exactly tough, but... More

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Williamston, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We went for a later dinner to let the crowd tapper off, still lots of people. The place lives up to its name. We had ribs, chicken and sausage. All of the food was super with a great taste and texture. The place is casual and the staff knowledgeable and friendly. A must to eat at in Memphis.

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New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Known for the BBQ, we thought we would give them a try. Staff was very helpful and funny. Place in an alley and down some stairs. Has a very cool vibe. We had heard that they serve the best ribs in Memphis, so I had to go. Ribs were ok, little chewy. Brisket was better, and the wife’s chop chicken... More

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Additional Information about Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

Address: 52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628
Phone Number: (901) 523-2746
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Memphis>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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