This “B” might come last on Mac’s Speed Shop’s catchy motto of “beer, bikes, barbecue,” but it still draws people from miles around—including the Travel Channel’s Chuey Martinez, who stopped in to sample the dry-rubbed Carolina brisket for the series All You Can Meat. This tender brisket is slow-smoked for 12 hours and slathered with Mac’s signature red barbecue sauce, which won first prize at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in 2013. But Mac's succulent meats don't steal all the glory; CBS Charlotte reports that "the side dishes alone can make for a good meal."
Mac’s Speed Shop’s robust beer list features a brew for any occasion: a Mexican import to pair with the pulled pork tacos, a craft amber ale to sip with St. Louis–style ribs, or an organic offering to pair with a fresh salad. It’s no wonder that beer is such an integral part of Mac’s philosophy—the five owners even dreamt up the eatery over a couple of brewskis, according to Charlotte Magazine.
At Mac's, the motorcycle theme isn’t limited to kitsch such as Harley logos and bikes hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant caters to the community’s easy riders with ample motorcycle parking and regular Bike Night events. Although the clientele tends to lean more toward families than hardcore riders, Mac’s still pays tribute to the biker spirit by housing its flagship location inside a former repair shop.
Bakery on site! Dogs welcome. All natural, fresh baked treats. Great toy selection. Collars and leashes. Natural grooming products. Do-it-yourself dog wash! Made in the USA and eco-friendly products. Raw, canned and kibble canine diets. Holistic supplements. Natural bones and chews. Diners and bowls. Crates and beds.
A self-described "accidental baker," Amy Craparo wasn't shepherded into her field by a cake-obsessed grandmother or mother. No matter. She found her own way, and it all started with a bite of the most wonderful cake she had ever tasted. Call it love at first sight; Amy found herself so inspired that she simply bought the business, starting an unlikely career in the world of baking.
After training with bakers and cake designers from around the country, she started to churn out her own delicious wedding cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops. Today, The Wow Factor lives up to its name, baking sweets that sweep customers off their feet. But it's not just the taste that elicits "Wow"s. Amy's cakes are flat-out gorgeous, drawing aesthetic inspiration from the latest fashion trends, bridal designs, and Internet memes.
The culinary curators at Mr. K's Soft Ice Cream please palates of all persuasions with a classic American menu stocked with hearty burgers and mouthwatering desserts. Big K burgers ($3.10) appease appetites with a quarter pound of meat dressed in a choice of toppings including jalapeños, sauerkraut, and slaw. Homemade onion rings ($3 for a regular size) pack enough flavor to complement entrees or singlehandedly anchor plates, and can be used as crispy identification bracelets for members of Don Rickles fan clubs. Milk-shake mechanics churn 5% milk-fat ice cream into velvety regular ($2.65) and extra-thick ($3.40) creations, which keep taste buds swooning for flavors such as chocolate, butterscotch, strawberry, and cherry.
Dark woods punctuated by electric-blue accents decorate the inside of Icehouse, where diners pair casual American classics with one of more than 200 beers. Throughout the space, complimentary WiFi and 20 flat-screen televisions and complimentary WiFi keep diners informed on the latest game scores, while upstairs a billiards loft entertains them during commercials. On nice nights, the crowd heads outside to the 100-seat covered patio for Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, sampler platters of sliders, and wings in one of seven sauces.
Though bagels were originally introduced to America in 1893 to eradicate cream cheese, bagels had no natural predator in the wild and soon began to overpopulate the land. Help undo the eco-damage of this deliciously doughy pest with today's deal: for $7, you get $15 toward all menu items at Owen's Bagel and Deli. Owen's is open every day in Dilworth's South End from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so get there before the clock strikes four and all the bagels spontaneously lose their holes.