I'll have to try them again the next time I go back to Memphis, because I've heard a lot of great things about them. I ate there once a couple of years after they opened (probably around '80 or so). I had been eating at Payne's since probably '73 or so, and I grew up on Loeb's BBQ (owned by the brother of the mayor), which was actually very good - there used to be a lot of them in the early 60s and the one that was right down the street from me is now called 3 Little Pigs - I've heard that it's still good. In fact, I remember eating at Interstate BBQ when it was still a grocery store, before they expanded. Apparently it made more of an impression on me that Cozy Corner at the time, because I remember it being really good but can't remember much about Cozy Corner. But I'm really interested to go back the next time I'm in town. I just don't make it back very often any more.
Just so you know, I'm not a big Rendezvous fan. In fact, I'm not as much on dry ribs as I am wet ones. Once again, nothing wrong with them - just have my preferences.
We've got decent BBQ here in Nashville but it's just not the same for some reason (maybe some of it is bias). A few new places have opened up that I need to try (I can't believe Neely's has been here for 6 years and I haven't given them a try - I might just correct that today). I just got used to being able to get great BBQ just by turning a corner in Memphis - there were so many good little places when I was growing up that you couldn't turn around without bumping into one. The one little place like that with multiple locations here is Whitt's and their pork just doesn't have a deep, rich flavor. In Memphis, there was never a need to figure out how to do BBQ at home because there were so many good choices. About the only thing you did was grill out with steaks and burgers and hot dogs. And when you did, there was always a big aluminum foil container of pulled pork and a few styrofoam glasses full of beans, slaw and sauce just ripe for the taking. Picked up from the store, of course <chuckle>