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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 1,252 restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This is the second time we've been to the rendezvous and it's quite good. It is a world-famous Memphis restaurant. We both had a rib plate. The ribs are heavily seasoned and quite spicy. Overall they were very good.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The legend is actually true. I grew up eating BBQ (the Alabama variety) and have been a fan my entire life. I like dry and wet rubs, but only if they're done right. This is BBQ done right. These ribs have only a light coating of a hot vinegar and water sauce while being rubbed thoroughly with Charlie Vergos' special... More

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Brooklyn, NY
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

You like ribs? Go here! Enough said! Service is quick and efficient and the spice rub on the meat is outstanding. This place is no-frills but it doesn't need 'em. Worth the wait (and there will be a wait...no matter what time of day you go).

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Memphis, Tennessee
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

So it's not my absolute favorite BBQ in Memphis - as far as the taste - but if you haven't been, you absolutely must go for the experience!! Get the ribs. Period. The only decision is a half order or full order. They are served dry seasoned (Memphis style). Amazingly seasoned, btw. All of the servers make in the six... More

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Northwest Corner, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

O.K. I'm not a great fan normally of BBQ because I always seem to get it all over me. And, where I have lived, the dry style rub has never appeared in a restaurant. So this was a new experience for me. And I loved it. Flavor without mess! The place is immense and busy, but the service was with... More

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

When we arrived, the restaurant was packed... but we did not have to wait long to get in (party of six). Food was excellent and service was fast. Would definitely return if in Memphis. Lived up to its reputation!

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Memphis, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

When many people think ribs, they think wet and saucy. The rest know of the dry seasoned. Look here, Jack. Rendezvous has a fabulous seasoned rib that needs no sauce. The meat is juicy and tender (not dry). Order them dry and have some sauce on the side if you like, but let the bbq speak to your taste buds... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I really love the dry ribs @ Rendezvous. They are so good! The slaw & bread are ok. This place has been here forever & is full of pictures & memorabilia. Cool place with ribs that make me keep coming back!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere!! I love the Rendezvous ribs, dry with great seasonings. Others prefer the wet ribs available at other restartants. This is still, and always my first choice for true Memphis ribs. Always love my Rendezvous rib fix!!!!

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Hit and miss. Better to go midday to later. Ribs aren't rushed. More tender. Great dry rub taste. Memphis landmark.

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