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.
Since its opening in 1996, Comet Grill has served not only as a place to grab a tasty kaiser-roll burger or turkey club sandwich, but as a gathering place for the community, with live music almost every night. Patrons snack on fried pickles, Cobb salads, and pimento cheese sandwiches while local musicians strum and sing in the background.
Pass by Slice's unassuming brick and glass facade, and you're likely to be drawn in nose-first. The appetizing scent of freshly made pizza and toasty, oven-baked subs could make any mouth water. And that's before the eyes have even had a chance to ogle the crispy, thin-crust or thick-Sicilian-style pies, each covered in delectable toppings such as italian sausage, peppers, olives, and pepperoni. The sandwiches, meanwhile, come stuffed with savory fillings like chicken parmesan or meatballs and marinara. And, if the sights and smells aren't enough to whet your appetite, the menu also includes appetizers like mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, and wings that can be smothered in a choice of a 11 sauces or stuffed inside a calzone.
The Charlotte Museum Mile pits speed demons against stamina studs in a 5,280-foot foot race to be crowned the fastest man and woman in Charlotte. After being divided into applicable heats based on age, gender, and hair-growth velocity, racers will set off on their 1 mile of sweat-stained glory, passing local sights that include the McColl Center for Visual Art, Discovery Place, and Spirit Square. The foot-friendly racecourse rewards runners with a high-five and hamstring-heavy finish at the Levine Avenue of the Arts. Speedsters can then replenish spent fuel reserves by nibbling on one of Icehouse's eclectic array of appetizers ($4–$10).