"Accidentally" went to the new Mac Shack in Kerrisdale (on W. Boulevard, where Vivo Gelato used to be) on Sunday while pondering a different family lunch spot. Was thinking of Cabin 5555 but oh well.
Decor & ambiance: "woodey", homey and generally welcoming and comfy. Like the projected menus on the wall above the service counter. Only one large-screen LCD [gasp]. Fewer tables & seats than I expected, maybe a total of 30 ?
Service: still on the learning curve, IMHO. Generally friendly, but not overwhelmingly so.
Food: we ordered a kid's Mini Mac combo for $6. Parents had the med-size Creamy Pesto Chicken Mac ($12) and med-size Veggie ($10). All orders come in one of three sized cast iron skillet ..... ok the gimmick got me. While everything is made-to-order and piping hot upon arrival, I found the macs lacking real cheese flavours, and generally bland (I added ground salt and pepper from mill on table). My creamy pesto was creamy for sure, but the chicken slices were scarce. Wife's veggie mac was very tomato-ey, but again the veggies (peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onion) were also scarce.
I think the fatal flaw common to all our macs/pasta dishes was the cheeses are melted on top of the pasta, rather than made as cheese SAUCE. Once the dish cools down, the cheese gets lumpy and stringey no longer stay integrated with the pasta. To that end, their creations fail to live up to their name.
One thing tho, the portions are large for the prices, we could have easily been full with just one med-size mac and the kid's Mini Mac, with leftovers.
Drinks: a glass of Wolf Blaas cab sauv is priced @t $10 !!! Hmmm.
Would I go back ....... I have to say a big maybe. Only because it's more predictable and inviting than White Spot a few doors down or Cheshire Cheese Inn. And I can only eat so many burgers and hot dogs at The Red Onion. Although I can't imagine going to Mac Shack all that regularly given the serious carbohydrate hit one could get. Other than a few token salads and desserts, their menu could start to feel old fast, IMHO.