577 Haddon Avenue
Open: Lunch and dinner, daily
Price: $ BYO
Style: Casual, hip barbecue spot with a cartoon mural of a couple and young boy chasing pink pigs across a map of the United States that covers the eatery’s main wall. The dining area seats 22, with one communal wooden table, two regular tables and window seating.
The Scoop: Owners Cory and Natalie Reuss met in Austin, Texas, and now live blocks away from their restaurant. Cory is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and Natalie has nearly 15 years of restaurant experience. The couple opened Macona BBQ over the summer in the space that once held Sweet Freedom Bakery.
The menu: Barbecue meats like the tender, juicy brisket (above), pulled pork, chicken and ribs (available in half or whole racks) are cooked in a large backyard smoker and can be ordered as sandwiches or platters. Seitan is available for vegans and vegetarians. All platters come with two sides; options include mashed potatoes; mayo-based coleslaw; spicy coleslaw; and borracho beans. The cornbread muffins, made with whole kernels, are dense and buttery.
Heads Up: Go for lunch—Macona frequently sells out by dinnertime.Click here to leave a comment
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