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The Rendezvous Restaurant Review: In 1948, Charlie Vergos discovered a coal chute in his downtown diner's basement and barbecue history was made. The Rendezvous, still owned and operated by the Vergos family, is best known for its pork ribs, both wet (with sauce) or dry (rubbed with dry spices). But the charcoal-broiled lamb riblets, barbecue chopped chicken, and vegetarian red beans and rice are always good choices as well. In fact, if there’s a better dish of red beans and rice anywhere, we’d like to know where that might be. In classic Memphis 'cue joint style, tables are covered with red-checked vinyl. The walls boast a mini-Memphis history museum with antiques and classic photos. To get there, venture down a dubious-looking alleyway, then down the stairs. Only beer and wine are served, and if you’re a wine purist bring your own bottle (corkage fee is $9 but not allowed if coming with a large party). Being true ambassadors of Memphis products, The Rendezvous offers Ghost River beer, from the city’s only microbrew. There are no desserts at The Rendezvous, but you’ll be so stuffed with barbecue by the end of the meal, you won’t even care.