Anyone else been to Mad Michael’s Tree Art Cafe in Wyebridge? On Hwy. 93 I think, near Midland.
Delicious BBQ!!! This guy is serious about BBQ. He smokes his meat with Oak that he chops himself! Insane. The food is wicked (for the most part). Smoky (but not overly so) lovely pulled pork, possibly the best cornbread I’ve ever had, gorgeous mashed potato salad. I think he even pickles his own baby carrots that accompany the potato salad, which is a nice surprise when you bite into what you assume is a plain old baby boring carrot. Speaking honestly, in visits past I wasn’t thrilled with the brisket (kinda dry, but like good promising BBQ is hopefully a work in progress), but the pulled pork has always been lovely. North Carolina styles. Very little to no sauce, with a chopped perfectly balanced tangy cole slaw on top. This guy does everything from scratch, he even bakes his own buns that house the sandwiches. I like the sweet potato roll (doesn’t taste like sweet potato). And my god, that cornbread.
Keep on meaning to try the ribs but always end up ordering the pulled pork. His menu is relatively small but very interesting. Everything is handmade with love, you can tell. Makes his own baked good desserts as well.
Not open all year round (I’m pretty sure), but wow, in the warmer months this place is awesome. Gorgeous patio, bright natural surroundings. It’s kind of an experience going there as Mad Mike also does wood and twig art which is everywhere, has a treehouse-style kitchen/smokehouse out back, and a giant teepee (which you can go inside). Not to mention a pretty stream running through the property.
This is a very cool place, totally unique. Love the food, love the passion, love the made-from-scratch fanaticism that rules the roost. Is the food perfect? Nope. But most of what I’ve tried is damn good, and I look fwd to trying more. Totally worth the drive if you aren’t in that area.