Restaurant: MexiBBQ – 37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria, New York
Putting a new twist on your traditional Mexican food, MexiBBQ takes barbecue and combines it with Mexican cuisine, resulting in the restaurant’s unique take on barbecue with a Mexican flare.
MexiBBQ is a happening place. The atmosphere can be described as nothing short of lively – whether coming from table service or the bar. A tiled floor welcomes diners to a restaurant flanked by exposed brick walls and columns throughout. The centerpiece of the interior is actually at the back of the restaurant, in a semi-separated area for larger groups. A TV, hidden behind a waterfall, broadcasts the day’s sports and provides a unique talking piece.
On this particular trip, I visited MexiBBQ for dinner. Among the various barbecue food, I settled on:
- Smoked Beef Brisket: tequila braised beef brisket, simmered in achiote barbecue sauce and served on a skillet with jalapeno goat cheese cornbread
This dish was spicy to say the least. The beef brisket came out in a skillet covered in peppers and onions. There was a good amount of beef in this dish and the peppers and onions (which were slightly cold) nicely contrasted the spiciness of the meat and provided slight relief to my taste buds. Although it was spicy, it had a great overall flavor to it and the spice didn’t overpower the flavor of the meat.
The jalapeno cornbread was incredible. Baked with a dab of goat cheese in the middle and diced jalapenos in the batter, this cornbread delivers in every department. The jalapenos provide a slight spice to the cornbread with the mild goat cheese contrasting it. I’d come back for this cornbread every night of the week.
For dinner, the beef brisket ($16) was a moderately priced option. There was a good amount of meat in this dish and I left feeling full. Beers and margaritas were in line with average New York City prices.
MexiBBQ puts a unique twist on barbecue by adding a little bit of Mexican flare. With an elaborate tequila menu and 48 beers on tap, MexiBBQ has something for everyone – whether you’re looking to grab a drink, brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu provides a wide assortment of options for every palate and, from what I could tell by the people around me, the food is all around delicious. I recommend MexiBBQ and I will be back.