The Mac Shack – In Search of Mac ‘n Cheese and Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Part 1)

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I really like mac ‘n cheese.  The problem with comfort food like mac ‘n cheese is that everyone’s idea of the perfect mac ‘n cheese is a little different and unless you share the same childhood memories associated with it, you might be disappointed by other people’s interpretation of the dish.

There have been two places that I’ve had on my wishlist to try for a while for their mac ‘n cheese: Au Petit Chavignol and The Mac Shack.  So, I decided to go on a Mac ‘n Cheese Expedition and try them both out on the same day.

Like 999 other people, when I first heard that The Mac Shack was going to open up, I signed up for their twitter feed and got a free coupon for a regular mac ‘n cheese and I’ve been holding onto it since then.  After hearing some of the other blogger reviews, I was a bit worried because the general consensus was that the mac ‘n cheese wasn’t cheesy enough.

I picked the Bacon and Cheese Burger Mac which comes with ground beef and double-smoked bacon in a cream sauce with a mix of cheddar and monterey cheeses.

Sure enough, the pasta wasn’t as cheesy as I would have liked throughout the dish… although the parts that had the melted cheese on top did have a good cheese flavour to it.  I enjoyed the amount of beef and bacon in the dish and this is a pretty filling serving size because the cavatappi (spiral macaroni) that they use is very filling.

I also wanted to try the Grilled Cheese Sandwich which takes a regular turkey and pesto sandwich on sourdough bread and kicks it up a notch by adding white cheddar mac ‘n cheese in the middle.  As someone who used to routinely put mac ‘n cheese in his sandwich when he was younger, I could really appreciate this dish.  I also think the white cheddar mac ‘n cheese tasted a bit cheesier than the Bacon Cheese Burger Mac.

The first thing that you notice as you bite through the crisp bread is how it contrasts with the soft and tender mac ‘n cheese.  Then, as you start chewing, the slight salty and meaty flavours of the turkey and pesto rounds out the dish.

All-in-all, while I think the the mac ‘n cheese was okay (needs to be more consistently cheesy throughout) I think the Grilled Cheese Sandwich was a really good sandwich and is reason enough to try this place out.  When I dropped by during mid-week, the place wasn’t busy at all and it only took about 10-15 minutes to get my order ready.

Of course, this wouldn’t be an expedition if I didn’t try out another mac ‘n cheese spot so stay tuned for our next blog post on Au Petit Chavignol.

What’s your favourite place to go for mac ‘n cheese?

Food:  4 / 5
Service:  4 / 5

5395 West Boulevard
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on December 5, 2011, in Casual - burgers and stuff, Mac & Cheese, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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