Rendezvous Ups Its Nachos Game

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Two exciting developments on the Rendezvous BBQ Nachos Beat:

• On Tuesday, they introduced a vegetarian version of their famous barbecue nachos, and

• They now deliver — in the mail, y'all! — their nachos, so you can send them to your friends, family, and most precious loved ones.

"We are what we are. We don't change much," says Anna Vergos Blair.

But, that doesn't mean the place is completely static.

In an irony that would make Alanis Morrisette's head explode, Blair is vegetarian, has been since she was 2 or 3. You can credit her, in part, for the vegetarian offerings on the menu, including the red beans and rice and the Greek salad.

Recently, Flyer friend and perhaps Memphis' best-known vegetarian, Justin Fox Burks, was at the Rendezvous taking pictures. He had had the salad before, but never the red beans and rice. Blair brought him some and he said that the restaurant should make it into a sandwich. So, Blair fetched a bun. It was good but messy.

And that's how the beans wound up on the nachos. It's the same Rendezvous BBQ nachos, sans the meat.

"I know it sounds crazy, but it's good," says Blair.

Blair says the plan is to get the nachos into the FedExForum.

As for the delivery, that idea came from Goldbely, the gourmet food online store. They were in town and at the Rendezvous for a TV shoot with the Food Network, according to Blair.

"They were all eating nachos, and they said, You should ship these," remembers Blair. The Vergos fam just about dismissed the idea out of hand ... until they didn't.

They realized that they could pack the ingredients individually and include instructions on how to put them together. And then they picked up the phone: to Pancho's for their cheese dip and to Felicia Willett for her her Flo's Homemade Goodness pickled jalapeno's. Each box contains 2 pounds of pork, sauce, seasoning, a tub of Pancho's, a jar of the jalapenos, and a bag of chips.

A box of the nachos is $99.




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