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Roadtrip Review: Mac's Speed Shop

Tonight's choice was Mac's Speed Shop South End in Charlotte NC

For our first Dinner in Charlotte I picked this place because my friends said they wanted to try some barbeque. Unfortunately by the time they got out of Heroes Con it was too late for most of the BBQ spots as they closed at 9. Urban Spoon said that Mac's Speed Shop was open late and offered good food for a decent price. I was glad I chose it.

I ordered the combo platter called the "Little Bit of Stuff" which offered my choice of four meats. The options were Hand Pulled Pork, Beer Can Chicken, Smoked Turkey, St Louis Ribs, Texan Beef Sausage, and Beef Brisket. I went with the chicken, Brisket, ribs and smoked turkey. The meal was very good. Their barbeque sauce wasn't super sweet and complimented the meat well. I must say it was a little on the spicy side but I am really sensitive to spicy food so I noticed it where others might not.

The brisket was a little different than what I was used to. It was cut into a thick slice and grilled that way. Typically I get brisket that has been cut off a loaf of brisket meat. It didn't seem to taste much different. The smoked Turkey was pretty good as well. I have never had that at a BBQ spot so it was a welcomed addition. The ribs were pretty good and well spiced. The sides were pretty good as well.

The restaurant was pretty informal. It was very loud inside with music blaring. Both the restaurants we went to in Charlotte today were blaring early 90's alternative music, which I thought was interesting. They also had live music playing outside on on the patio. That area was packed and we weren't as interested in the music.

My wife got the "Grubb" burger. It was pretty good. You have your choice of toppings but she was pretty vanilla with lettuce, tomato, mayo and onion. They actually offer a host of "fixin's" including onion rings, jalapeno, salsa, pimento cheese, chili, and or Cole slaw.

Overall Experience:
Service:                  4
Ambiance:              3
Menu:                     3.5
Food taste/Quality: 3.5

I give the whole experience 3.5 out of 5 broken eggs:

Come to Mac's for some good barbeque and live music. It feels a lot like a commercial BBQ establishment, which can be good and bad.You can have a pretty solid night out with friends or a quick bite.

For more about Mac's Speed Shop:
2511 South Blvd. 
Charlotte, NC 28203 

Sun-Tue 11am to Midnight 
Wed-Sat 11am to 2am 

(704) 522-6227

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