Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous, Memphis

If you ever swing by the blues-tastic city of Memphis (and you’re a meat-eater), then you just have to fuel up at Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous. Because, sweet Lord, these ribs are something special.

After a drive from Nashville and a visit to Graceland, we headed into central Memphis for a night of food and live music. FYI, Memphis is pretty brilliant for both. Piling out of the bus with stomachs rumbling, we headed to our restaurant for the evening, a Memphis institution that’s hosted pop stars, presidents, and even the King himself.

I love a good story behind a restaurant, and Rendezvous’ is simple but memorable. Back in 1948, founder Charlie Vergo was running a diner in Downtown Alley, when he discovered a coal chute below it. Giving him the opportunity to expand his business and show off his skills with a grill, he opened up the downstairs – and the rest is juicy, meaty history. Nowadays, the business is still a family run restaurant, looked after by Charlie’s kids.

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The decor in the place is wonderful, and really endears you to the restaurant from the moment you step inside. You can totally see the years of history plastered to the walls…and ceiling…and stairs…and everywhere you look. I absolutely loved the US shaped board where visitors from all over the world had made their mark, surrounded by pictures of celebrities and people from all walks of life enjoying a meal at Rendezvous.

Alright. Let’s talk menu. Unsurprisingly, it’s full of delicious Memphis barbeque specialties.

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Ribs are totally the obvious choice – because Memphis does them damn well. The rack pictured above is actually their small portion ($16.25). Yep, they get even bigger. Although they were so tasty, I actually wished I’d got the larger portion because I just wanted to eat more and more until I fell asleep from overconsumption and meat sweats. I slathered them in the Rendezvouz special BBQ sauce and tucked in, sauce and juice dribbling down my fingers. FYI, if you don’t make a huge mess, did you really even eat those ribs?

The meat was amazingly tender, and the BBQ brought out so much flavour and juicy texture. The BBQ sauce was the absolute finishing touch, and I ended up buying a magnet in a local store with a Memphis BBQ sauce recipe in a desperate attempt to recreate it at home. Served up with delicious BBQ beans and crispy fries, this is probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Even if I struggled to walk after.

If you’re not feeling ribs, there’s plenty more on offer – with Chicken, Beef Brisket and Pork Shoulder all to be gorged on. If seafood’s more your thing, you can also have a huge skillet of Shrimp, made to order for up to eight people (book in advance). And for a hark back to the old days of Vergos’ business, you can still order one of their awesome sandwiches.

Rendezvous is an absolutely amazing place to sample some of the best that Memphis food has to offer – with huge portions, amazingly cooked meat and a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere.

I fell a bit in love, and next time I’m in town, I’ll definitely be heading back.

Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
52 S 2nd St, 38103 Memphis

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    This looks great. I love BBQ stuff. I like how they offer non pork items too as i don’t eat pork. I would go for the chicken x

  • Oh wow what an amazing place! I love BBQ Stuff so would love to visit x

  • Im loving the insights into your trip, your really bringing me there with you, which is fantastic. Also a massive rib fan right here, if only i could have some of yours they look delicious x

  • My best guy pal is a massive fan of ribs so he would love to check out this food joint. It looks super tasty.

  • lianne

    Oh wow this looks an amazing place, hope you’re having a fantastic time!

  • This looks like a fantastic authentic BBQ joint, I really like the decor including the board shaped like the US with all of the visitors’ signatures. The food looks so tempting!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Oh this place sounds just absolutely amazing and I got to the ribs and was insanely jealous x

  • Those ribs look amazing. I love the look of the place also I find some many restaurants are decorated so bland they lack personality but this place looks full of personality x

  • Jo Wiggins

    Those ribs look insane. Whenever I go to America they’re all I seem to eat x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Never been to America, but this sounds incredible. Also love the story of how it came to be and think it’s amazing that it’s stayed in the family! x

  • Looks a nice place never been but can see why people do.

  • Deborah Nicholas

    oh wow that looks amazing, both the venue and the food!!

  • How cool is this place?! Looks amazing

  • Looks like a wonderful place, what a juicy rib! 🙂

  • Hayley

    Wow, this looks like my kinda place! Those ribs look amazing!

  • What an awesome looking place. Those ribs look epic.

  • This looks like exactly my kind of place, but can you believe I’ve never eaten ribs before? I feel like my first time should be somewhere like this x

  • fashion-mommy

    That food looks incredible, I think I’d have the meat sweats too!

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    This looks fabulous! I’d love this kind of place!

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I went here a couple of summers ago and I wasn’t eating meat then, but the vegetarian options were great.

  • Oh my goodness those ribs have my tummy rumbling, I am hungry all over again. sounds like a lovely place to eat at and the decor is lovely

  • Teresa Bowen

    Those ribs look delicious. The whole restaurant sounds wonderful and I would love to visit.

  • Those ribs look yummy!! I’ve never heard of this place before! xo

  • Oh my gosh! I literally am drooling over those ribs. What an amazing sounding place. I really would love to visit Memphis. One day…. x

  • francesca

    I once had ribs in this American steak joint and they were the most tender, finger licking ribs ever!!! I know the experience!! This place sounds so awesome and looks really quirky too!

  • Baby Isabella

    The ribs do look amazing! They sound mouth-watering! One day we’d love to visit Memphis.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Those ribs look fantastic with plenty of sauce too just how i like them. I can’t see how anyone couldn’t make a big mess lol.

  • The ribs look so delicious. I want to taste it.

  • oh wow this place looks and sounds amazing the pictures show a very warm welcome feel and its somewhere I would love to visit for myself

  • Damn, I can’t believe that’s the small version! My boyfriend would love this place as he is never satisfied with restaurant portions xD

  • Oh my goodness, this place looks awesome! 🙂

    Dani x

  • Charlotte

    I love ribs and I love BBQ sauce! I could eat that right now!