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Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #99 of 1,263 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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Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Well, another underwhelming experience in Memphis. We asked around to find a true Memphis BBQ place and several people suggested this one. We ordered the ribs and the best thing on the plate were the quarter cup of baked beans. The coleslaw was inedible and the ribs were okay. I was surprised by the fact that I was not impressed... More

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Kansas City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were retuning from our vacation on the Gulf Coast last week and stopped over night in Memphis. While we were there I wanted to take my wife to Rendezvous for a fun dining experience as I had been there before but my wife had not. We are from Kansas City and we certainly think KC has the very best... More

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Scott Air Force Base, IL
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I "finally" made it to Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous after "ALL" of the hype that I had heard on Food Network and The Travel Channel, but I was soooo disappointed after the 1 hour wait... I ordered the Ribs and Brisket meal and it showed up "barely warm"... The ribs were very dry and it looked like the dry rub was... More

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new jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were intrigued by the location of this restaurant, and based on that and the reviews, decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed! Yes, the restaurant is down an alley, yes, it has a basement location, but that just adds to the experience. We walked right in on a Thursday night and got a table right away.... More

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MEMPHIS
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My sister-in-law was visiting from out of town and wanted to eat at the Rendezvous restaurant. I had eaten there once before with co-workers and had not been overly impressed, but I thought I would try it again. After we had looked at the menus, the waiter came by and took our orders. He was very professional, offering advice about... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I'm not a huge fan of BBQ food but my son is and this restaurant was recommended to us by a few local folk. Luckily for us, it was a very short walk from our hotel and we got there just before the rush (although we still had to wait 20 minutes such is the popularity if the place). The... More

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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512 reviews 512 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Charlie Vergo's is the epitome of old school cool. Delicious BBQ with legendary waiters. I highly recommend the ribs and pickles. Make sure you buy some seasoning to bring home.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Oh man, the rib and brisket combo was off the chain. Loved the atmosphere, had a good and unique waiter......did I mention how great the ribs are! The wife had the pork sandwich which was also great. The slaw was probably the best that i have ever had. It's a little hard to find as the entrance is in an... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I was in Memphis this past week for a work conference, and my boss who was with me kept talking about how he wanted Rendezvous ribs. Before I go any further, I feel I should tell you, I HATE bbq. I hate ribs, I hate BBQ sauce, the whole thing, just the thought of it makes me want to gag.... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Graceland employee advised this the best BBQ in Memphis. It was the worst we had ever ate. The ribs were so tough & dry you could not eat them. You had to cut them apart. Good ribs should be easily pulled apart!!! The brisket my husband got had fatty tissue all the way thru it. The appetizer sampler meats were... More

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