Mac's Speed Shop- Casual DiningFood ★★★☆ ☆ Ambiance ★★★☆ ☆ Service ★★★★☆ Creativity ★★★★☆Value ★★★★☆meal for 2 $20-50 plus drinksExcellent beer list on tap plus full bar
Tonight we tried Mac's Speed Shop located in Greensboro on Battleground ave. The name sounds more like a name for a motorcycle or car shop and for good reason. Mac's Speed shop labels itself as a Beer, Bike and BBQ joint. It is their slogan. For those that are scared off by the idea of eating at a biker bar.....donot worry. I have been to real biker bars and this is nothing like that. Mac's Speed shop is a chain of about 6 restaurants around the Carolinas that has decent food in a very male-oriented atmosphere.
The interior and exterior have the appearance of a converted garage with bay doors and even a covered parking area where the walls of the steel building have been removed. The interior is freshly and cleanly updated with bar height top tables with several big screen TV's playing sports. The interior is professionally decorated in a very male oriented decor.
There was a large outdoor seating area that would be pleasant in the summer, but not during our visit in December.
The crowd at Max's was very un-biker like. There were tables of families, couples and even several office parties. So don't let the name or concept scare you off. It is a casual restaurant with BBQ and a great beer list.
The menu was interesting and very different for a Carolina Based BBQ Joint. They have included some very un-Carolina type items that are not commonly seen here such as Brisket, Beef Ribs, Smoked Sausage and much more. There were plenty of things that peaked my interest and overall it was a fairly creative menu for a BBQ Joint.
We started off with Mac's Speed Shop's Wing Digs Chicken wings. Mac's did an excellent job of being creative with the wings. The fried and drowned wings get a bit tired. Mac's wings are Grilled and NOT FRIED with a light smokey flavor. They had a nice selection of sauces, Chipotle, Honey BBQ, Red BBQ, Teriyaki, SC Mustard, Smokin' Burnout, Hot Classic Buffalo and a dry rub.
These wings were original and I felt some of the best wings in the area. They had great flavor, slightly smokey with grilled notes. However, being smoked, the skins are a bit soggy...It would have been nice to put them over a high flame for a few minutes to crisp up the skins. Regardless. Well done!