Sweet and savory have always been a great combination, and Meat’s Meat BBQ in Mattituck is about to take the concept to a whole new level.
Owner Larry Mondello, known for his popular food truck and catering service of the same name, is getting ready to open a brick-and-mortar hub for his business. In addition to the flavorful BBQ he’s known for, Mondello is partnering with fellow food truck owner and caterer Christina Padrazo, known for The Treatery, a popular dessert trailer. Padrazo will also operate her kitchen out of Meat’s Meat.
Mondello has been doing his own construction at the Main Road spot formerly occupied by North Fork Doughnut Company, which moved to Love Lane last fall. It will have custom kitchen spaces for both Mondello and Padrazo and will offer both takeout and dine-in.
Meat’s Meat will have meat by the pound, a full carving station, prepared dishes as well as custom desserts.
“People don’t necessarily associate having dessert and BBQ together,” Padrazo said. “We wanted to create and deliver something really cool where you don’t want to leave the North Fork without [coming here].”
Some of the desserts Padrazo has planned include bourbon peach cobbler, banana cream pie, icebox cake and more. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from The Treatery,” she said. Padrazo will also sell her signature cookies.
Mondello makes all his own rubs, sauces and injections and even his own smoker.
“It doesn’t taste like anything you’ve had,” Mondello said. “You know, Texas is salt-and-pepper, but we’ve had people from Texas and Georgia that say we’re up there with everybody. We want our own style. It’s sweet, salty, a little spice with variations on everything.”
Additionally, Mondello wants to make sure there are kid-friendly options on the menu.
“I have two children,” he said, “and there are no kid options out here.”
Padrazo echoed the sentiment. “There’s a lot to be said about having a bomb kid’s menu that you’re not spending an arm and a leg on,” she said.
Mondello is also planning to open the building’s side window a few nights a week for a special “late-night” menu offering and in the future wants to bottle his sauces.
Both Mondello and Padrazo are excited to have a centralized location for both their catering kitchens, as well as a retail space that guests can enjoy.
“There’s nothing like what we’re doing on Long Island, especially the North Fork,” said Mondello.”
Meat’s Meat BBQ (13175 Main Rd., Mattituck) will host a free sample day on Friday, March 25, ahead of its planned early April opening. Check them out on Instagram.