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Old 12-10-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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The problem you are going to have is that "real" bbq places are not open on Sunday. Just how it is.

LLN is about right on this but missed a crucial point. The best BBQ isn't going to be found near the light rail or downtown (Uptown for the new crowd). The best BBQ is to be had in the smaller areas around Charlotte. Mac's is a bastardization (is that even a word?) when it comes to BBQ. It's tasty, but not top quality NC BBQ. Anybody can throw a cut of meat on a grill and make it edible. It's the love that goes into BBQ that makes it great. Mac's just doesn't do that. They're a quantity restaurant, and that's okay. It's fine, but not the best, not by a long shot. I've been there several times, most recently this past weekend. It was good, but not memorable. I'm not going to make recommendations because I'm partial (in case you missed my screen name, look up). Their sauces are acceptable, nothing special. Actually, they are very thin. Read a lot of reviews online. If you want BBQ, make a road trip and eat good BBQ until you get sick of it. I think there is a NC BBQ Trail, or a Carolina BBQ Trail. Something similar. Do football or BBQ, just not both in the same trip. If you think you can get both within walking distance of the light rail, you'll be sorely disappointed with both, especially this season (4-8-1 ring a bell?).

Being serious, come to Charlotte to catch a game and eat before the game. Don't expect to come to Charlotte and catch a wordl-class game AND world-class BBQ in the same day unless you're driving a lot of miles. The best BBQ is in the towns an hour away from downtown. If you want to make a weekend of it, get some BBQ on Saturday and some Panthers football on Sunday. I have heard the BBQ nachos at the stadium are pretty good if that's any consolation.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:49 AM
 
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The best BBQ is to be had in the smaller areas around Charlotte.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Like the atmosphere and sides at Macs, just not their BBQ. Especially disappointed by the brisket.

Sauceman's is what, 2 blocks from the light rail - but may not be convenient to get off, and then have to catch another train.

If you are going to Queen City and planning on walking to the game from there, might as well just drive and park in the 7th St garage by Imaginon, and save the hassle of the train. Parking won't be expensive there, and Queen City is right in that same complex.
Thanks for the insight. I've been reconsidering the light rail idea and just planning on parking uptown since that's where we'll be. Hopefully I can find something for less than $10 or so to park for the day.
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Old 12-12-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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LLN is about right on this but missed a crucial point. The best BBQ isn't going to be found near the light rail or downtown (Uptown for the new crowd). The best BBQ is to be had in the smaller areas around Charlotte. Mac's is a bastardization (is that even a word?) when it comes to BBQ. It's tasty, but not top quality NC BBQ. Anybody can throw a cut of meat on a grill and make it edible. It's the love that goes into BBQ that makes it great. Mac's just doesn't do that. They're a quantity restaurant, and that's okay. It's fine, but not the best, not by a long shot. I've been there several times, most recently this past weekend. It was good, but not memorable. I'm not going to make recommendations because I'm partial (in case you missed my screen name, look up). Their sauces are acceptable, nothing special. Actually, they are very thin. Read a lot of reviews online. If you want BBQ, make a road trip and eat good BBQ until you get sick of it. I think there is a NC BBQ Trail, or a Carolina BBQ Trail. Something similar. Do football or BBQ, just not both in the same trip. If you think you can get both within walking distance of the light rail, you'll be sorely disappointed with both, especially this season (4-8-1 ring a bell?).

Being serious, come to Charlotte to catch a game and eat before the game. Don't expect to come to Charlotte and catch a wordl-class game AND world-class BBQ in the same day unless you're driving a lot of miles. The best BBQ is in the towns an hour away from downtown. If you want to make a weekend of it, get some BBQ on Saturday and some Panthers football on Sunday. I have heard the BBQ nachos at the stadium are pretty good if that's any consolation.
I understand what you're saying, and if I had time I'd definitely love to check out some out of the way places. On this trip though I'm just looking for a decent place to get some lunch before the game so I can fill up and not need to eat crazy priced stadium food.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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Stop in Lexington on the way down and get some good BBQ.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Sauceman's used to have a deal where you could park there and take a shuttle to/from the game and food before/after for $20 or something. Don't know if they still do but seemed like a good deal. Oh the BBQ is pretty good too! It's the closest to Lexington style around here.
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