Mac's Speed Shop - Southend
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 176
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Billolick:
4.3/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The best compliment I can give this place is that for the 8 days my group was in Charlotte this summer, I/we went here 4 times either for lunch or dinner.
Casual athmosphere, quality BBQ, varied and better the ample selection of locals, regionals, national craft brews, very friendly and professional service. I recal over 20 taps and a huge cooler behind the bar filled with loads of BA quality bottle options. You will find plenty of quality beer here. What else do you need? The kitchen is open late and they have a mess of tubes with all the games on. Dont forget some of their sauces to go.
As for the BBQ, Charlotte we learned is kind of a funny place. According to many its not really a BBQ hub, gotta go to Lexington, NC for that. And according to others the Q at Macs is def not the real deal. Well, I'm from NY state and everybody knows we have the best BBQ right here...(just kidding) As far as I could tell, Mac's Q is a hybrid style, offering both sweet sauce and vinagar based sauce and even a mash up sauce Mac's just calls "Carolina" sauce, so confusing....the Q was super moist and tasty with the pulled pork, and ribs being well received. Deep fried pickles were yummy, even enjoyed a blackened fish taco thingy once or twice. Food was served up quickly, it was tasty, with ample portions.
Just go....super easy going and crowd pleasing kinda place- you will have a great time
09-09-2012 15:24:40 | More by Billolick
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
College trip with my son. Large selection (4 pages of a specialized beer menu). Good selection of North Carolina beers as well as the well known more distributed craft brews. Both bottle and tap. Food is good burger, ribs kind of food with lots of Sports on TV. Big crowd, but wait was not bad. Prices are reasonable. A good choice if you are in the area.
07-02-2013 13:40:26 | More by stoppertb18
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been going to the Mac's Steele Creek location for a few years now, it has become one of my go to beer spots, but for some reason I have never visited the South Blvd location... until now.
Very similar to the Steele Creek location with a biker bar decor scheme, this location appears to be just a little bit smaller and more tightly packed. There is a nice patio for outdoor seating. We went with a group of friends on a night that was completely packed.
Luckily, the service did not seem to suffer, despite how busy it was. The server was friendly and really knew her stuff with regards to both the food menu and the beer menu. She was attentive, and our glasses never sat empty for more than a minute or two before she was asking if we wanted another beer.
The menu is the same as the other Mac's locations; pulled pork, beef brisket, beer can chicken, bbq/hot wings, and a wide variety of sides. Not the best BBQ in Charlotte, but good none the less. Great onion rings, and according to my wife, great mac-n-cheese.
The beer menu is quite extensive, both on tap and in bottles. They have a good mixture of local & regional beers, as well as some really good beers from other parts of the country. They also seem to keep a good variety of styles on tap; too many places will be IPA and Stout heavy while completely ignoring other styles.
All in all a good place for a beer and some BBQ, but I prefer the Steel Creek location based on the size (not as densely packed).
04-26-2013 17:04:01 | More by CBlack85
4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited back in July 2012 and while I can't say that the group that I was in town with hit it up as much as the previous reviewer, I think that we were in town for 10 days and hit it up 3 times. I had been to this place one previously, a few years back as well. Nothing had changed from that time to this. A great casual atmosphere, packed to the gills, baseball on the TVs and classic rock in the background. I think that in the 3 trips, we must have tried just about every time that they had on the menu and none of them let us down...nice big portions...good sides...and attitude from the wait staff. The beer menu was nice. A good number of taps...not sure about the bottle selection, as I didn't even bother, but I do recall at some point, they started to serve the beers in plastic cups. Overall, a good stop if you are in the area.
01-23-2013 18:21:37 | More by PhillyStyle
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Mac's is a killer BBQ joint, the brisket is out of this world good & so are the sides. The portions are generous but the price is a bit steep. Couple of beers & two plates of food can easily set you back $45+.
In terms of beer - it's surprisingly good. There are about 20 drafts of mixed quality, but they had several tough gets by Founders & Great Divide last time I was in. Their bottle list is very impressive.
The atmosphere is lacking - think Hooters w/out all the garish orange.
I don't think of this so much as a beer joint, mainly because the food's so good. If you're hungry & want a good brew - this is a good spot to stop. Don't worry about the "biker bar" bit. You may see some folks on bikes but they're laid back just like everybody else. Never seen anything close to a problem there.
02-09-2012 21:03:32 | More by Mantooth
Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
88 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.