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“Wow!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Charles Vergos' Rendezvous

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
52 South 2nd Street, Memphis, TN 38103-2628 (Downtown)
(901) 523-2746
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Ranked #97 of 1,272 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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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

The atmosphere was great! The wait staff was colorful and super friendly. The food was out of this world. The ribs was fall off the bones and the sauce was great! Here my advice, try this and call ahead for reservations as this place gets packed. Also if the wait staff tell you to put BBQ sauce on your pickle spears....try it. You won't be disappointed.

Visited June 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had the Pork Ribs & Brisket Combination and my wife had the Half Chicken, Charcoal-Broiled. Both were very good. Service was efficient. Great place for ribs and BBQ in the downtown area.

Visited November 2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

My wife and I were part of a group. I had been here before and wanted to come back. We had the Rib and Brisket combo. The ribs and briskets were dry. My wife found them without taste. I poured the different sauces on them and thought they were good.
It is a big place, but the staff tries to accommodate all and does a good job at it.. The local beer was great and in pitchers reasonably priced. The meal is not a bargain. Looking at other reviews inconsistency in how dry the ribs are seems to be consistent.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“You can't be in Memphis and not have BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

What can I say that isn't great about this place. Right in the heart if downtown Memphis. Just blocks away from Beale Street. The atmosphere is great. Not too pretentious. Very friendly. It had a feeling of a true BBQ joint. Try the Rib and Brisket combo. The dry rub in the ribs really set them apart. And try a bottle of Memphis own Ghost River Ale. It is very tasty and smooth.

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“Had to stop for some ribs while in Memphis”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I won't say that these are the best of ribs I have ever had, but they were very good. The brisket in my opinion was a lot better. We stopped in here and had no waiting. The service was good, if only one of the party would have made up his mind a little faster, it would have been a quick time to order. The others in the party had a pitcher of the local brew, which they said was good. The place has an amazing atmosphere as well.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
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