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Mr. Mac's Macaroni and Cheese - Manchester, NH ~ good, -but- ...

solargarlic | Jan 6, 201106:30 PM

I had some errands to do today out in Manch, so I didn't mind taking the extra 10 min. drive out to find this place. I had read about the opening recently in the Hippo and was intrigued and then also noticed some good reviews on Yelp, so I thought it would be a worthy stop for lunch. (It is also already on NH Mag's front cover!)

This is a counter-service, eat-in/take-out place, located near the Kia dealer on Hooksett Rd. Their menu consists of several variations of Mac-n-cheese, from the traditional to Italian variations and other creative recipes (Philly Cheesesteak style, cheeseburger). You can get your choice in 3 sizes and the price varies from 4.99 to 24.99 (that's the large "Lobstah" one). They also offer pre-made salads with Ken's dressing, and a large variety of Coca-Cola bottled products.

My meal: My son got the Classic All-American; I got the Blazin' Buffalo Chicken. Both orders get prepared in the take-out dish and then put into the oven to get bubbly and browned on top. My son's for some reason, came out much hotter than mine, but in any case, a nice hot bowl of MnC is a good start. His was good; creamy, yet still stringy; cheesy tasting, but not too strong. Nice and simple. Mine was also good: basic MnC with buffalo sauce mixed in; also had chunks of chicken breast mixed in and bleu cheese dressing drizzled on top; spicy and tangy, definitely had the right "buffalo" flavor.

My only hesitation in returning or recommending is that it was not necessarily the BEST mac n cheese I have ever had. The texture of the sauce was great; I like that it was creamy but the cheese was still stringy and had "bite" to it. The browned top was also key. The part I didn't like was after a few bites, I couldn't taste anything but that pasty processed cheese taste in my mouth. After it started to cool, I wasn't as eager to go back for another bite. That being said, when my husband reheated it tonight, he really liked it, and didn't get that pasty flavor at all. It also was pretty good cold, so I must have been in some sort of processed cheesed limbo or Purgatory when I had to stop eating it.

Long story might as well try this spot. Reasonably priced, the food is good (maybe I'm being overly picky?) and I like the idea. If I was nearby and was in the mood, I would go back again.

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