I had a chance to visit the Rendezvous this past spring, a couple friends and I rode motorcycles from Northern Va to Memphis specifically for BBQ, and of course a stop at Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum.
We rolled into town on a Monday I believe and the Rendezvous was closed, we found this to be a common issue throughout Tennessee. No problem we had planned on being in Memphis for 3 days. So the first night we went to a place on Beale Street that a cabby recommended, worst ribs I'd ever eaten, so we weren't off to a very good start. I don't even remember the name of the place.
Next day we were primed to hit the Rendezvous for dinner that evening, first though we spent the morning at Graceland, and had lunch at A&R on Elvis Presley Blvd. This is why I came to Memphis, had a pulled pork Sandwich (spicy sauce) and slaw, with a side of BBQ Spaghetti, this was the best Pulled Pork Sandwich I think I've ever had and I've had allot of them.
For dinner it was Rendezvous time, we had a very minimal wait, just long enough to finish a pitcher of beer, and get to know the bartender a bit, he was very good at guessing where people were from, he pegged us right away for the DC area. Don't ask me how; I'm still trying to figure that out especially since I am originally from Pennsylvania.
We were seated down stairs in one of the many little dining areas, and immediately order the famous Cheese and Sausage platter and another pitcher of beer. Our waiter was outstanding, we didn't really ask him how long he'd been there, but it was obvious that he'd been there forever.
We order ribs....a full rack each. I like ribs any way I can get them, but prefer dry. All I can say is that I thought the ribs were some of the best I've had so far as dry ribs go. I agree these ribs aren't really BBQ, because of the way they are cooked, but I really enjoyed the chewy texture and the charcoal smoke flavor. We all did.
If I am ever in Memphis, The Rendezvous would be a must stop.
Over the next two days we also tried Cozy Corner, and Interstate, and several other Memphis landmark joints. Interstate wasn't a favorite of the trip, but Cozy Corner.....WOW! I could go on and on.....but I've already hijacked the thread. I will say I had the Cornish Hen w/BBQ spaghetti, and it was sublime.