Sunday, July 30, 2006

Rendezvous Ribs. Mmmmm.

Saturday night, before Will's big day, Mommy and Daddy took Grandmother DiBaldo up on her babysitting offer and headed downtown for some sweeeeet southern barbecue.

We put our names on the waiting list (only 45 minutes on a Saturday night! can you believe it?) and walked down to Memphis' River Walk. Not much more than a lighted sidewalk along the Mississippi River bluff, but a good vantage point for the sunset.

Alabamians brag about Dreamland ribs, but they really know nothing of superior rib cooking. To get that, you gotta go to Rendezvous in Memphis. Christina estimates she was last there six years ago and I think my last trip was at least 10 years ago. Way too long to wait for heaven on a rib bone.

We finished off a whole rack, two orders of beans, slaw and a sausage and cheese plate then wished we'd ordered two racks. But that should do us for a few years until we can get back. Maybe Will can come with us next time.

After dinner, we then took a walk down Beale Street. Wow, that place has really changed since I was there last. Lots of new clubs, lots of people and a police blockade on both ends of Beale checking IDs and searching for weapons. Oddly, the checkpoints only made me feel less safe.

We can't wait to get back to Memphis.


David said...

See, though, Dreamland is an entirely different beast.

Basically, there are three types of barbecue pork ribs in the world -- Memphis style, St. Louis style and Dreamland. And that's gotta be worth something.

And, really, for good Memphis style ribs, you gotta go to Corky's.

How do you eat your Rendezvous ribs? Factory-spec-dry, or with one of the sauces?

Christina said...

Corky's nothing on Rendevouz. And yes, I've had both. But if I had to order wet ribs, I'd do that ordering at Corky's. I like my ribs Rendevouz dry!


Anonymous said...

I gotta go with David on the Corky's thing. Unless the Rendezvous has changed since I was a Memphis regular... I alway say Rendezvous for the atmosphere, Corky's for the dry ribs.