2016-09-28 / Restaurant of the Week

Mexi BBQ

Kitchen & Draught

Celebrating 6 years in Astoria, on 30th Avenue, Mexi BBQ Kitchen and Draught offers the perfect combination of great food, beers, cocktails, and ambience that puts it on my short list of favorite spots since it opened. I was there from day one and am happy to report that six years later, the quality of the food and drinks remains consistently high. Plus, the great, casual, indoor and outdoor vibe is cool and relaxed, so come as you are and bring the kids, and eat outside on the picnic tables while the early Fall weather permits, or inside at a comfortable table.

There’s a great Happy Hour each day from 5 to 7pm with house margaritas and other drink specials, so meet your friends after work for some attitude adjustment. Mexi BBQ’s margaritas are so refreshing, served on the rocks with a rim of salt or spice. My blood orange margarita was nice and citrusy, made with fine tequila and I loved the spices on the rim of the glass. There are 48 beers on tap, categorized by IPA’s, wheats and whites, pilsners and ales, lagers, stouts, and cider from all over the world and some of the 5 boroughs too. The very friendly staff will offer a taste and help you decide if you need help.

Appetizers at Mexi BBQ are great, whether you eat them at the bar while watching the game or share them at your table. I am hooked on the Baja fish tacos for their fresh, crunchy beer batter, topped with guacamole and cole slaw ($8). Other tacos include marinated grilled steak, shredded chicken, or veggie tacos filled with roasted vegetables, avocado, black beans and queso fresco. Adobo chicken wings are a house favorite and come 6 or 12 to an order. These jumbo, spicy, marinated wings are served with house made jalapeño bleu cheese dip ($8/$12). Empanadas are a hand-held favorite, filled with savory chorizo, while the nacho bites come with bean and avocado, pulled pork, or brisket.

As the name suggests, one of the best things about Mexi BBQ is the combination of American barbecue classics and Mexican dishes to satisfy everyone’s cravings. I can’t say enough good things about their baby back ribs, whose meat fell off the bone with just a nudge from my fork. The house made barbecue sauce complimented the meat without being overly sweet and the accompanying sweet potato fries, cole slaw, and warm jalapeño cornbread made this the perfect meal. The pulled pork sandwich here at Mexi BBQ is a stroke of culinary genius served on a brioche bun with maple cole slaw and your choice of onion rings, French fries, or sweet potato fries. The smoked and barbecued chicken sandwich is another hand-held treat, topped with cole slaw and pickled onion. By the way, the fries are hand cut from real potatoes, cooked to order and served crispy outside and tender inside. Nothing here is frozen or pre-made.

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Mexican-influenced dishes here are delicious and satisfying with special kudos for the pulled pork burrito, a hefty rolled up flour tortilla packed with what seems like a pound of savory pulled pork, black beans, jack cheese, cole slaw, and salsa verde for a meal that defies you to finish it. The same is true for the brisket burrito. Couples and friends love to share the sizzling fajitas with a choice of sirloin, grilled chicken, or baby back rib meat, served on a hot skillet with peppers and onions, corn tortillas for wrapping, and all the fixings. The Mexican Azteca pizza is actually a quesadilla filled with tender chicken, fresh corn, crispy kale, and jack cheese for a lighter meal or shared appetizer. My dining companion enjoyed her Tropical Green salad tossed with mango, avocado, jicama, and kale, topped with grilled steak slices and citrusy lemon vinaigrette. The classic Cobb salad is a great lunch or dinner option too.

Finish off your meal with crispy, cinnamon-scented churros or a Mexican sundae with cool, creamy ice cream, churros, chocolate sauce, strawberries, and nuts. The coffee is rich and robust too. Mexi BBQ has a very popular weekend brunch served from 11am to 3:00pm. Wake up with a cup of coffee or a brunch cocktail while you dive into a breakfast “Gordita” made with two masa cakes filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, pork chorizo, black beans, and Monterey jack cheese that will keep you going until dinner. The surf and turf eggs Benedict is a hearty dish with chilled lobster chunks and a braised short rib with Hollandaise sauce and avocado ($18).

Mexi BBQ is your one-stop-shop for great barbecue, Mexican dishes, margaritas and other frosty cocktails, as well as 48 beers on tap. There’s a cool vibe, both inside and outside at the wooden picnic tables on bustling 30th Avenue. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for tantalizing photos or just visit their own website. Better yet, just visit them in person and enjoy a great dinner, brunch or Happy Hour. They’re open seven days a week and are conveniently located. See you at Mexi BBQ!

37-11 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103  718.626.0333


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