Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Arguably the most famous barbecue restaurant in the city, Charles Vergos' Rendezvous started out as a family sandwich shop, but its Greek dry-rub ribs have become an integral part of the city's identity. The cheese and sausage plate, the brisket, and the pork shoulder sandwich are great, but it's the ribs that give it "can't miss" status.
The standard for “Memphis style” barbecue ribs was set in the late ‘50s in a downtown basement restaurant when Charlie Vergos threw racks of ribs—what was then considered scrap meat—on the grill. He added a vinegar wash to keep them moist and created a dry rub based on his father’s unique Greek chili recipe, cajun spices he discovered in New Orleans, and paprika. These ribs are a rack of history, but the Cheese and Sausage Plate, the Brisket, and the Pork Shoulder Sandwich are also worth your time.