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Max City BBQ

Restaurants, Barbecue Eagle Rock
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSpence's Platter of Porks with cucumber salad, cornbread, cole slaw, and baked beans
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanStrawberry lemonade at Max City BBQ
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ
 (Photograph: Jakob N. Layman)
Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanMax City BBQ

Time Out says

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.



Address: 4729 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-9pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-10pm
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
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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.


I'm a vegetarian so I've never had their BBQ but I hear its amazing. Why I'm giving them 5 stars is because of their mac and cheese! It's so amazing and a must try when you go to the restaurant! 

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.

Excellent BBQ, terrific sides, and homemade pies and desserts that are off the charts!


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.


I'd heard a lot of buzz about Max City BBQ, a Southern style barbecue spot in Eagle Rock. Most sources said it is packed, often with Occidental College students. It's great to have good barbecue on the Eastside as I usually drive a long way for it. A friend and I met there for a "coworking" session with some good eats.

Ordering meat by weight always confuses me, so I was happy to find lunch specials with reasonable prices and complete with sides to choose. I went with the brisket, which I was told was a bit fattier cut than the tri tip. For my taste, still la bit lean but a liberal drizzle of their house made sauces helped. The plate came with corn bread, served with butter and honey. The corn bread muffin was both crumbly and moist - just perfect. For sides I got the mac and cheese and cucumber salad. The mac and cheese was very flavorful with béchamel sauce and as light as that dish can be. It was seasoned with truffle oil, which I personally do not care for, but at least they had a light hand with it. The cucumber salad is a genius, refreshing pairing for this kind of food. It was lightly pickled, slightly sweet and had some dill and garlic cloves in it. It reminded me of the kimchi and banchan sides for Korean BBQ.

The staff was friendly and I had to chat with the Pastry Chef when she brought out this stunning apricot, blueberry pie straight out of the oven. Unfortunately it would not be ready to consume for another 2 hours or so, so we shared a generous slice of the same pie with almonds. Divine.

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.

It also helps that the owners are hands on and available. Well worth waiting for a table!!!