Quite possibly the only BBQ joint in LA to raise money for a brick-and-mortar through Kickstarter, Max City BBQ is paying the public back with killer Southern-style 'cue. Owners Jason McDonald and Melanie Blair opened this Eagle Rock eatery in March of 2014 following the success of their catering operation, and they've been developing a steady stream of regulars ever since. Be warned: the shop is small and seating can be scarce. But the food is worth fighting over a table. Come with a friend and share the Spence's Platter of Pork, which includes baby back ribs, spare ribs, pulled pork, two sides (their cucumber salad is a delicious and unconventional option) and cornbread—yeah, we know it's a lot. And unlike a lot of other restaurants in the city, the drink menu is just as stellar, with local breweries on tap, wine, and the oft-raved about lemonade.
|Venue name:||Max City BBQ|
4729 Eagle Rock Blvd
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 11:30am-9pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-10pm|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
I really like Max City's mac and cheese, but there are a few necessary dishes here that are left to be desired. A lot of the meat I've tried has been exceedingly dry. Still, they're a friendly restaurant, and I'll give 'em another chance the next time I'm in Eagle Rock.
Max City is amazing! Everything they serve is delicious and that is not a exaggeration. I have tried it all. The mac and cheese is phenomenal. I have not found a place better. The BBQ sauce is delicious too. I love the relaxed atmosphere.
I keep searching for it and I'm starting to think that good BBQ just doesn't exist in LA. I'd heard great things about this place and went with friends who'd been before. I ordered some ribs and the pulled pork (my favorite). The ribs were fine, but the pork was incredibly dry and lacked any flavor. I had to quite literally douse the meat in BBQ sauces in order to eat it, and even then, it was only so-so. My friends assured me that it's usually better, so maybe I need to go back and try again, but I was pretty underwhelmed. The highlight of my meal was the crisp, vinegary cucumber salad.
The equal partners are John Andrus and Jason McDonald, dividing their time between front and back respectively. John with his extensive architectural background headed up the year-long process of design and construction.