Hide and Go Seek
My friend, Sally, and I were on a quest to find Mac’s Local Eat. We knew it was near the old Lemp Brewery and Yelp kept telling us we were there. But no sign. We gave up and ate at Broadway Oyster Bar. But I stilI wanted to try Mac’s burger, rated #1 fav recently by readers of Sauce magazine.
Obviously, I needed help from someone with more citywide navigational skills.
I mentioned my plight to my grandson, Austin. As it turned out he had been there. He took me exactly to the spot that Yelp had sent me the day before. It was then that I learned Mac’s is located inside Bluewood Brewing on Cherokee Street next to Lemp Brewery. And that it’s closed on Monday and Tuesday.
When Mac’s is open they set up a tent on the street, where you order and pay, sit indoors or out, and have your order brought to your table in a large paper bag—quite quickly, I might add. It was worth the two-day runaround to bite into the flavorful, lacy-edged smash burger with all the trimmings.
Mac’s Local Eats: 1821 Cherokee St. in Benton Park. On the corner inside Bluewood Brewing. Hours: Sun 11a-10p. Wed-Sat 11a-10p. Closed: Mon and Tue. Owner: Chris “Mac’ McKenzie.