I grew up in Memphis and spent many hours at the Rendezvous. When I was back there recently I visited again, and things were superb! The ribs were perfect. They remain the best I have ever had.
For those of you who might have tried "dry rub" ribs elsewhere, and been unimpressed, the Rendezvous sets the mark. I was skeptical the first time I tried them, but they really are excellent. One of those barbecue chains touts their product as real "Memphis BBQ", but they don't even come close.
Actually, everything is good at The Rendezvous: the food, the atmosphere, and the staff. Kinda tucked away in that little alley - go downstairs and become immersed in all that's there. Folks, go to Memphis and don't miss the Rendezvous! I can't wait until my next trip.
"Shockingly flavorful under their blanket of spice, Charlie Vergos' dry-rub charcoal ribs have become a Memphis signature dish. The beans and slaw are inconsequential. What's needed here are flagons of beer!"
"Pork loin is a boneless alternative to ribs. These hunks of meat are so tender that they virtally fall apart when you look hard at them. They come pre-dressed with excellent Rendezvous sauce."
"Long before suppertime, when the Rendezvous opens its doors in General Washburn Alley, the smoky aroma of charcoal-cooking meat wafts through the streets of downtown Memphis, even into the Peabody Hotel across the street. "