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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #90 of 1,269 Restaurants in Memphis
Price range: $15 - $20
Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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Somerset, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Decided to visit after reading good reviews, we were a party of 6 and felt the food was over rated, we had the ribs and found them dry and tough we very little meat on them. Overall very disappointed and expensive for what we received

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I am not a rib fan,my family love them, and I usually just order something else. This restaurant is a pretty much just totally rib place though. As you can't go to the south and not have ribs (especially with my family), I was happy to give it a go. OMG I loved the ribs here. Ribs usually always seem... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere, attentive staff. I ordered the pork bbq ribs and brisket combo. My co-worker ordered the ribs and pork shoulder combo so we could share. The pork shoulder was my favorite. Very tender pork with bbq sauce- excellent! the ribs had a dry rub. Tasty, but I prefer ribs with more sauce and more tender. The service was prompt... More

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Union, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We had heard the hype for years...best was thrown around far too much. After enjoying BBQ from coast to coast, we were hoping for the hype to be true, but while it was not bad, we have had much tastier Q at other places. Expect long waits for crowded dining and mediocre service.

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Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We had ribs here and another place in town .. These win hands down! The place was packed ... But the service was quick! Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I know that it is crazy to begin my review with the tea but it is the best! It was a great dinner for a great value. We didn't wait long and it was very busy! The staff was great and the ribs were good too! :)

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The service was great and the food was awesome. The atmosphere was perfect. The food portions were great and you certainly got a great deal for your money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Loved the location and atmosphere. The dry rub for the ribs is different than what we are used to in Texas, but the ribs and cheese and sausage plate we got were great!

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Bradford, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Took my husband here as a surprise before we went to the Memphis Grizzlies game,another surprise. Several people had recommended this place to us and if they would not have told us to go around back and down the alley to get in we probably would have not known how to get in. We walked right in for supper with... More

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Brandon, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Recently visiting in Memphis and had to stop in at the Rendezvous. First time visit and well worth the stop. We just had the sausage & cheese platter which was very good even though I can prepare the same at home.... We also enjoyed the red beans & rice - very flavorful! The service was outstanding, the decor great, and... More

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