Let's face it. If you're into mac and cheese, you probably have definite ideas of how it should be prepared. You know what you like and what you don't. So, I think it's pretty risky opening a restaurant that completely focuses on one dish and its variations. It's especially risky when the restaurant is located in a part of the country that is kind of fanatical about mac and cheese. Not being a native New Englander, I had no idea that this humble casserole was so popular, so adored, and taken so seriously. When a friend of mine suggested last week that we give Mr. Mac's a try, I couldn't resist making the drive from Concord. Now my friend is a native and she LOVES mac and cheese. Being a purist, she ordered the Classic American and I did too, thinking that sampling the dish in its simplest form would be the best way to gauge the quality of the product. At Mr. Mac's you order and pay at the counter. You're given a number to place on your table and your food is brought to you when ready. I ordered the small size which was more than enough for one person. It arrived in a cast iron skillet, nicely browned on the top. My preference is for a mild, creamy sauce. This blending of American and Cheddar cheeses was more rich and sticky. It was very filling and satisfying, just not my idea of perfect. However, it could very well be your ideal. I will be going back to try some of the macaroni salads on the menu, since that has always been one of my favorite side dishes. By the way, I didn't hear rave reviews from my friend the mac and cheese lover, but neither did I hear any negative comments. That's saying a lot.
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