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“Overated”

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Ranked #22 of 1,437 Restaurants in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Memphis, Tennessee
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“Overated”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Personally I think Rendezvous is overrated. But it is only fair to qualify that by saying I am not a big fan of dry rub which is their specialty.

  • Visited April 2013
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“all about the atmosphere!”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

incredible atmosphere.. ribs are ok considering Memphis has a ton of bbq/rib places. very touristy and definitely a great place to take out of town guests. you will definitely have a memorable experience!

  • Visited December 2013
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Oakland, TN
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“Always a Good Meal!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Some old friends were in town and wanted to visit the Rendezvous, since they had never tried this place before. As a Memphis native, I've always enjoyed going downtown, so we agreed to meet them there. Usually I prefer wet BBQ ribs, but I thought I'd try the dry ones because Dry is the Rendezvous' specialty. They DID NOT DISAPPOINT! It'd been years since I had eaten dry ribs. They were so juicy, meaty, and finger-licking good!!!! I wished that I had bought the full rack so that I could've had left overs to take home. However, I didn't. Guess that means I will have to return soon to this wonderful place, nestled underneath a building, along an alleyway. Very interesting and fun!

  • Visited September 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Fun place; great ribs”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Rendezvous is in an alley in downtown Memphis. It's a fun restaurant for ribs and beer. The ribs are dry and are great with the slaw and beans. Have never had a bad meal - everything on the menu is good! Worth a trip when you visit Memphis!

  • Visited December 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Great BBQQ!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great BBQ and fun place to take out of town guests. Dry rub ribs are the best thing on the menu. Get there early to avoid a long wait.

  • Visited October 2013
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