Nod To Simpler Times
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
Northports Macadoos Grill takes the trappings
of a simpler time when burgers and milk shakes were
king at the roadside diner and puts its own, inventive
spin on it while maintaining the original magic.
The brainchild of Northport native Nicole Nappy
Offermann, Macadoos opened last July. She has also owned
Batata Café next door for the last seven years; her
father, Nick, runs Barristers Coffee and Tea in the
back of Batata Café.
Nicoles goal with Macadoos was to create a menu
of comfort foods with an extensive burger list everything
youd think of at a summertime barbecue coupled
with fun appetizers unique to the area.
I dont think theres a place like this, and
Northport really needed it, she said.
Nicole started us off with hearty chili ($4.95 cup, $6.95
bowl for beef or turkey; $1 less for three-bean vegan). Topped
with a dollop of sour cream, chopped onions and cheese, it
has a nice kick to it and sets the mood well. Fans of fried
pickle spears ($5.95) will be pleased with breaded, salty
dill spears and homemade honey mustard.
Classic Buffalo wings ($6.95 for eight, $9.95 for 12 and $14.95
for 20) are baked, then fried lightly, to keep the chicken
tender and juicy. The lip-smacking, finger-licking buffalo
sauce has plenty of heat without being overpowering. For New
Orleans flair, check out the peppery gumbo ($5.95 cup; $7.95
bowl), loaded with Andouille Sausage and shrimp.
Next up was tender, lean brisket, topped with superb homemade,
sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. Brisket is one of several
items available as a platter ($13.95 with one side/$15.95
with two) or on a roll ($7.95.) Juicy, savory pulled pork
($5.95 on a roll; $11.95/$13.95 as platters) is another winner
try it on a roll with homemade coleslaw. If you dig
the barbecue sauce as much as we did, pick up 16 oz. for $3.95.
Baked beans ($3.95 family style) and macaroni and cheese ($4.95)
are two of 13 available sides. Now we love the sweet beans
as much as anybody else, but Macadoos four-cheese, melt-in-your-mouth
mac n cheese stole the spotlight a perfect
dish to serve family-style, find a spoon, dive in and conveniently
forget to share. Mac and cheese fans must pencil
in a trip to Northport as soon as they can.
In addition to the extensive burger list, were looking
to check out their half-dozen salads, the Northport-Style
Cheese Steak with peppers, onions and cheese ($6.95) and the
chicken-fried steak ($5.95 on a roll, $11.95 with one side/$13.95
with two) on a return visit. Regardless of what you order,
the most important thing to remember to bring is a hearty