A quarter pound of fatty brisket plus a side of mac n’ cheese at Morgan’s (267 Flatbush Avenue, 718-622-2224), $8.50
Meat smoked the old-fashioned way and a host of Texas sides are on offer at this Prospect Heights BBQ joint.
When Morgan’s touched down in Prospect Heights last year, it was not just another entrant in New York’s growing — and formidable — barbecue category. The spot’s Texas roots run deep: Pitmaster John Avila is a Lone Star State native, and he did time at Franklin Barbecue, one of Austin’s most lauded temples of smoked meat. At Morgan’s, he promised to deliver authentic eats from his home state, smoking his brisket the old-fashioned way and offering items like Frito pie served in the Fritos bag, the way he used to eat it after ballgames. You’ll likely want to gorge yourself when you take a table — we recommend bringing friends, since you’ll order meat by the pound and then you can split sides — but there are many ways to pop in for a taste when you’re eating on a budget. Like opting for a quarter pound of the fatty brisket, the velvety meat enveloped in throat-stinging smoke, with a small side of the creamy mac n’ cheese. The combo will run you just $8.50.
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