Mac's Speed Shop - Southend
Taps: 6 / Bottles: 176
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.65/5 rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
I've been recommending this place since it opened, so its about time I reviewed it. The food is all quite good, and inexpensive. My favorites are the sides. The Little Pig sandwich is popular along with the grilled wings. You get two different sauces for the cue. The brunswick stew is the one thing I can't recommend, but if you've never had it elsewhere you might like theirs.
Yes, like someone commented, this used to be an auto shop. Mac's Alternator I believe. Its a well-done renovation. On to the beer....
They have an incredible selection of bottled beers, especially for Charlotte. The draughts are a little weak on selection, but they do occasionally change. The most impressive thing to me is the price list. A lot of these beers would cost you twice as much at any other restaurant. I really don't know how they offer them at this price, but I hope it never changes. Most of the staff is a little indifferent on the beers, its possible to receive something other than what you ordered. And I've noticed its best not to pronounce the names in their native tongue, you'll just get blank stares. Say it nice and Southern-like and no one gets hurt.
All in all a great place to go for a beer nerd, and they're open late so hanging out on their patio beats the hell out of a smoky bar (at least when the weather is nice).
10-05-2006 17:14:34 | More by smurfyou
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Mac's is in the neighborhood for me, so this is a frequent haunt. The beer selection by bottle is excellent. The only drawback is draft selection. There are only 9 taps at the bar. On 2/19/2010, this was the selection: French Broad 13 Rebels, Farmer Ted's Cream Ale, Highland Gaelic, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Bud Light, New Belgium Mighty Arrow, Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Olde Mecklenburg Copper, Big Boss Bad Penny. The French Broad was great, but maybe a bit flat. It should be noted that 6 out of those 9 taps come from NC, which is a great way to promote local area breweries. Even though they sport only 9 taps, they make great use of them.
Food here is unbeatable. This is the best BBQ in Charlotte, without a doubt. Best thing on the menu is the brisket, and it is especially good when ordered on the sandwich. The pulled pork BBQ sandwich is awesome, too. Get it with slaw and hush pups or onion rings. Chicken wings at Mac's are great as well, because they are not fried.
If you want the best service, sit at the bar. Mac's has some very good bartenders. They have 3 giant flat screens and an outdoor patio as well.
02-20-2010 17:19:19 | More by bdupree
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
So Mac's presents itself as a biker bar, which I suppose it is if you own a $35,000 custom Harley. Lets just call it an upscale biker bar and leave it at that. They have a great patio when weather permits, its a pretty big place so inside seating is plentiful. I brought my 18 month old daughter and 62 year old Mother to this place on multiple occasions, everyone had a great time, its family friendly (I am sure it gets a bit more rowdy late into the night so use some judgement). Now on to the important stuff: Food and Beer. For food, this is a top 5 venue in Charlotte for BBQ. Its kind of a tomato based Memhis/St. Louis style of the highest quality. They are known for their Brisket and Mac/Cheese although the pulled pork sandwich is outstanding as well. Now to the Beer! Lovely. They have approx. 6 taps, only 2 or 3 will interest you. The lone standout for me this month ( they do rotate fairly frequently) was Victory Hop Devil, and although a little more variety on tap would be nice, Victory HD is one of my all time favorites so no complaint. Their bottle selection is large and in charge. Numerous styles (maybe 120 total bottles) represented and cost is $3 for a bottle of most micros, $4 for Imperials, etc. Belgians and some specialties a bit more but overall price is a selling point here. Bottom Line: this is a standout venue for the craft beer lover when rolling in the 704. Great food, outstanding beer selection and family friendly. What more could you want?
12-26-2007 18:37:40 | More by lpb1970
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Good: Nice place. Great atomphere. Great looking alternative tattooed waitresses. Very laid back. Food is fantastic BBQ. great puller pork, real onion rings and a huge craft bottle list with some good specials. They had 2.50 stone and highland beers that night I was there. Service was good and attnetive.
Bad: Draft was about 8 and Bud light and some other junk beers were taking the taps up. Some good locals on tap. Pisgah and Broken Arrow were on when I was there among others. The waitress did bring our beers in bottles and we had to ask for a glass. No proper glass wear but it was a BBQ shack.
04-09-2010 00:38:40 | More by CampusCrew
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
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
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place on a Wednesday night thinking it wouldn't be too crowded. I was wrong. It was absolutely packed, but luckily we didn't have to wait long for seating. The bottled beer selection is nice with well over 100 bottled brews. Thankfully, the macro selection is small. The vast majority of the bottled stuff is craft. There were only 5 draft beers but they were solid choices. I believe they had Chimay white, Blue Moon, Highland Gailic and Sierra Nevada PA on tap. The food was absolutely incredible, easily one of the best spots in town for BBQ. I had a pork sandwich and macaroni+cheese as a side that were excellent. Service was very good. I will definitely come back here again and am pissed off at myself for not coming sooner.
08-25-2006 18:11:03 | More by rodrot
4.13/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
finally got up to this joint - BBQ and beer - yes please
First off - this place got a reputation as a "biker bar" somehow - very much not the case. Take your family, go watch a match, go with coworkers for lunch. Whatever, it's mostly sterile.
Solid tv situation - lots of nice LCD's throughout. fair amount of tables and a long bar.
There are references to 8-9 taps below. That's outdated - there were at least 20 on my visit, with some really exceptional stuff. Founders Nemesis, Founders Old Curmudgeon, Bells Oracle, Allagash Curieux, DFH 90 Minute and Red and Black, 5 new belgium offerings on special, etc. Impressive selection to say the least.
BBQ aficionados are some of the most annoying people/"foodies' i have ever come across. The Q here won't compare to the best of eastern NC but there isn't really much else in the area and the pulled pork sandwich I had was pretty good, no matter where you favor.
09-25-2011 22:01:24 | More by dirtylou
Mac's Speed Shop - Southend in Charlotte, NC
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.