Best Barbecue (2012)
It's pretty hard to come by good barbecue in Miami. Hop on northbound I-95 and you'll have to drive for two hours or so until you find something halfway decent. But why would you do that? Mad Man Jack's Bar-B-Que is right around the corner, and the 'cue is awesome. Owner Mike Herran simply wants to give you "good food, well served." The space looks like an ordinary barbecue joint — red-and-white checkered table covers, dark wooden counters, barstools — but it serves its Alabama-style meat (focused on pork, often prepared with hickory and hardwood) con un giro inesperado. For example, order the smoked fall-off-the-bone ribs (half-rack, $14) with a side of warm, homemade cornbread ($2) and — just to make it 305 — a can of Materva. Yeah, you read right. Not into ribs? The monstrous barbecued pulled-pork sandwich ($7) will knock your sandy Havaianas off. And it goes very well with Jupiña or Ironbeer. Does that sound authentic to you? Of course not. It's not Southern-barbecue authentic, but it's Miami-barbecue authentic. And with that, we couldn't be more pleased.