I’m reluctant to even write a review of the Rendezvous in Memphis, TN as I’m sure that it’s been done many times given their reputation. But, why stop now when I take every chance I get to review a new BBQ joint.
I can usually coerce my family into eating BBQ at least once when we travel and since we were staying just a block away, it seemed inevitable that this is where we would eat BBQ. I’d received strong recommendations for a couple of other places, but Memphis is just full of too many places to choose from and the reputation and proximity of the Rendezvous sealed the decision.
In any event, we headed over to the Rendezvous on Friday night to find the place rapidly filling up as the dinner hour was getting into full swing. Looks are deceiving, and there is plenty of seating inside. We were quickly shown to a table where we perused the menu. For my family, there was some debate as to what they would order but for me this was a foregone conclusion. So my wife and kids ordered up BBQ chicken platters, while I went for the whole slab of ribs.
The Rendezvous isn’t fancy and the food was served quickly on paper plates with plastic utensils. The family got started on chicken that was very tasty and I paused to snap a picture of my ribs. Now I prefer dry rubbed BBQ and typically turn up my nose at BBQ that is too wet, but I was not prepared for the amount of dry rub & spices that were visible on the surface of my ribs. My wife took one look at my ribs and said, “Those don’t look like Braddog ribs”. I was flattered and didn’t bother to try to explain that these ribs are char grilled as opposed to the way I prepare them.
The ribs were tasty, but due to the chargrilling they were chewier than I’m used to. The beans were very good and the slaw was sweet and vinegary (the way I like it). Service was top notch and the we were in and out in a very short amount of time. I’d read enough about the place beforehand that there were no surprises and all-in-all I enjoyed my trip to the Rendezvous.
There may be better BBQ in Memphis, but based on reputation and notoriety you’ve got to give the Rendezvous a shot when you’re in town.