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Looking for BEST mac and cheese or BBQ in Brooklyn

preferably somewhere near the F, N, R or Q.

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  1. Best mac&cheese - Dumont (sorry, L train)

    Best BBQ - Applewood, 11th Street, F train to 7th Av.

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    1. re: erikka

      Second the highbrow DuMac & Cheese from Dumont. So good with bacon that even a vegetarian friend makes it his one meat-eating exception.

      1. re: bhill

        Add another vote for DuMont! That mac and cheese is crazy good. So rich that I would probably split it with my BF next time.

    2. has anyone tried Pioneer BarBQ?

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      1. re: misscrissa

        Stay away. Stay very away from any 'BBQ' product at Pioneer. Slip short process equals bad 'que. Can't rush a 14hr. low and slow smoke process.

      2. Best mac & cheese? Ruthie's, which is on DeKalb a couple blocks east of Flatbush Ave., very near DeKalb Ave. stop.

        There is no good BBQ in Brooklyn.

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        1. re: Woodside Al

          Would you recommend anything else there?

          1. re: dimples

            smothered dishes, pork chops, cornbread, sweetpotato pie etc.

            1. re: jen kalb

              I've eaten Ruthie's twice and it was amazing both times. I had BBQ chicken the last time I was there and really enjoyed it. I've forgotten the sides I had, but I often find myself longing for Ruthie's (I'm not in the neighborhood).

        2. Gotta say, the pork (and only the pork) at Bar BQ is fantastic, or at least was the last time I had it a week ago. Smoky, and moist.

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          1. re: PAL

            You mean the pulled pork (like N.C. style)? Never had it there. Only had the ribs, which were, frankly, terrible.

            For the original poster: Bar BQ is on 6th Ave. @ 20th St., not too far from the Prospect Ave. or 25th St. stops on the R. I second Soul Spot below for mac & cheese. But their BBQ is terrible too. It's on Atlantic several blocks west of the subway (N,R,&Q).

            Williamsburg, despite those giving recommendations here, is nowhere near your specified subway lines.

            You might consider Jamaican jerk instead. Many good places in Brooklyn for that. Search the board.

          2. Good BBQ in Brooklyn is @ Pies & Thighs in Williamsburg. They also have a great spicy mac and cheese.

            Check out Soul Spot on Atlantic Ave @ Smith St. for great mac and cheese as well.

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            1. re: EJC

              LOVE LOVE the macaroni & cheese. Not traditional in that it's not baked, but so good! Pulled pork not at all bad. Fun place. Has anyone had the fried chicken?

            2. If you're looking for something a little different, the smoked gouda mac and cheese at Picket Fence in Ditmas Park is amazing. Their BBQ is pretty good, too.

              1. Dumont, hands down, though now that my hubby has been diagnosed with high cholesterol, I don't think we'll be ordering it again any time soon. :(

                1. Best BBQ in Brooklyn is at the Waterfront Alehouse

                  1. I wouldn't neglect Bed-Stuy. Places like Auggie's Brownstone Inn on Fulton or Carolina Country Kitchen way out on Atlantic. Years ago I ate at a pretty fancy restaurant called McDonald's -- and now I can't find it on Google because its name is the same as the ubiquitous hamburger joint.

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                    1. re: Brian S

                      Isn't Carolina Kitchen closed? I'm curious has anyone ever tried Mitchell's on Vanderbilt Avenue by Bergen? Do they serve macs n' cheese?

                      1. re: bigmackdaddy

                        Carolina Kitchen is no more. I think Mitchell's does serve mac and cheese and it has been recommended to me but Ive not tried it.

                    2. The Chip Shop on Atlantic has decent mac and cheese!

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                      1. re: roux42

                        I disagree. I have had really lousy Mac and Cheese there--all dried out like it was reheated. Went back and had the same experience.

                      2. I just got back from Mitchell's. The mac and cheese is the kind made at home and with some added hot sauce, pretty good.

                        1. I disagree about Pioneer: give them another chance.

                          The BBQ brisket was delicious, meltingly tender, not overly sauced so you can taste the flavor of the meat. The mac and cheese is very good: tangy cheese and bechamel seasoned with chipotles. And the creamed greens are not to be missed.

                          Another pick for great greens, mac & cheese is in Fort Greene: Night of the Cookers.... YOU MUST GO THERE

                          1. I recently had the mac and cheese at Union Smith Cafe, on the corner of (what else?) Union and Smith Streets in Carroll Gardens. It's not your traditional mac and cheese - it consists of large rigatoni noodles in a versy cheesy mozzarella and parmesan sauce. Now, I'm normally a bit of a purist about my macaroni and cheese, but I have to say that this is definitely on my list of favorites. The sauce is very cheesy anf flavorful and creamy. Plus Union Smith Cafe is one of my new favorite restaurants in Brooklyn, having a large selection of very good food at very good prices in a nice atmosphere.

                            In all of NYC, I'd have to say my absolute favorite mac and cheese is at Mayrose (Broadway and 20th), followed by a close second at Le Zie Trattoria (7th Avenue between 19th and 20th)