Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rendezvous Ribs
This is the place! I've had the good fortune to have eaten here twice. Now BBQ fans are probably the most opinionated of any fan when it comes to their favorite food...but most will agree that this restaurant deserves it's world class reputation, even if it's not their "personal favorite". Look at their's really quite good.

Rendezvous Ribs

The first time I came here, I was escorted by one of the estimators in our Memphis office, who told me that he knew of a place that had some good barbecue and asked, did I like dry rub? Well, I had no idea as to whether I did or not but I was willing to try. We parked a few blocks away, near Beale street and walked over towards the famous Peabody Hotel. When we were about a block away, the aroma of ribs grabbed our noses and directed us the rest of the way. The entrance is well hidden, being down a narrow alley filled with the usual array of dumpsters. This is where you wonder if you have made a mistake, but you will see other diners hurrying down the alley as well, so you join them. There is a small neon sign to mark the entrance and then you have to go down a flight of stairs to the basement. It's all hustle and bustle down there, but it doesn't take long to get a table. The basement has been divided and subdivided into a maze of dining areas, so you need to remember how you got to your table. The menu is quite extensive, but the service is great! The waiter are quite willing to explain the odd terms found on the menu and to make suggestions. For the first time diner, ribs should be your order. Dry rub does not mean dry ribs, as they are moist and flavorful...very enjoyable.

The second time I ate here, I was with the whole office staff (8) and we ordered a variety of items from that large menu and I was able to sample quite a few. All good! And afterwards we headed across the street to the Peabody Hotel for dessert. Check out their website.

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