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“Good BBQ”

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Ranked #21 of 1,437 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Macotte, Florida
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“Good BBQ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Really good BBQ. Of course there is a lot of good BBQ in Memphis. This was walking distance from hotel (Peabody) and fun atmosphere.

Visited May 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was my first time to Rendezvous and i was not disappointed. We had the appetizer sampler with meat, cheese and crackers, and also had the ribs. You can't beat the ribs!

Visited September 2012
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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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“Memphis BBQ at its best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food was great, the service lightening fast and the atmosphere was fun. I had never eaten Memphis BBQ before and I discovered I prefer more of the Kansas City style w/ a sweeter sauce.They did not offer a sweeter sauce. It all depends on your style. Lots of interesting memoribilia in restaurant. Would absolutely go back again.

Visited April 2013
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Etown, KY
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“Just as wonderful as the other times”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was my 3rd trip to Memphis, and my 3rd trip to Rendezvous. It is by far, our favorite place to eat ribs. The menu is limited, so if you have picky eaters, check it out before hand. Our youngest will not eat pork, but they have plenty of beans for protein. :) We came home with rub and bbq sauce, which was several dollars cheaper than the souveneir shops had it on Beale. I highly recommend!

Visited April 2013
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“No big deal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Didn't care for either the ribs (dry rub instead of sauce) or the cole slaw (since when is cole slaw yellow?). Kind of fun to walk down the alley to this historic venue. As some might say, a 1 for "Bread" a 4 for "circuses." We noticed many large groups here, so apparently they are good at that.

  • Visited March 2013
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