The Mac House. Yes, it’s true – mac and cheese everything at this joint! The décor is so sleek, clean and modern. Indoor and outdoor seating at tables is available, as well as a tall bar to dine at. A giant chalk board covers the wall, listing all the permanent items that are here to stay. On the opposite wall, there is a much smaller chalk board that lists seasonal specials. Butternut squash soup, Autumn grain salad, turkey and cranberry grilled cheese, pumpkin mac and cheese and maple pumpkin praline cheesecake?! Oh, my. But it is about to get even better.
The menu consists of small bites, salads, grilled cheeses, mac and cheese (of course), dessert and the kids’ meals. They were also testing out a new item – fried mac and cheese as the buns for a burger! Woah. Now let’s get into what I actually ordered. I got a sampler platter of the fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese dip ($6.99), mac and cheese balls with marinara ($6.99), and a mac and cheese eggroll with a homemade duck sauce ($6.99)! The eggroll was definitely a standout for me. I’ve never had anything like it before. None of the food was overly greasy. I cleaned the plate instantly and started to contemplate if I could handle anymore, but this was just the beginning.
One thing I truly appreciate about a restaurant is when they try to cater to many different dietary restrictions. I am vegetarian myself, but they even had a vegan mac and cheese on the menu and had many options for those that are gluten free. But not only that, you can sub fried cauliflower for chicken and their soy and mushroom mix as chorizo or bacon. This completely won me over and I ordered a side of both to see how they were. Let me just say that this was the best battered and fried cauliflower I have had while dining out. The soy and mushroom mix was very tasty, don’t get me wrong, but this cauliflower was on a next level of deliciousness.
Last but certainly not least, I tried the original mac (regular is $7.99) and a spinach and artichoke mac (regular is $8.49). All the mac and cheeses come in a regular, large or tray size. You can never go wrong with an original, but my favorite was the spinach and artichoke. Heidi, the owner, said this recipe is what sold her on the idea to open The Mac House. After being plated they were both topped with more cheese and placed under a broiler to melt an additional layer of amazingness. Man, was I stuffed at this point.
What I loved even more than all the great food at this place is the hospitable service and family who made it all happen. As I said before, Heidi is the owner of The Mac House. Her daughter and son-in-law play a big part in making this dream a reality. Heidi’s daughter does all the recipe developing for the restaurant. The establishment gives back to the community and is involved in local school fundraisers. They even partnered with a local diet center to create meals for families to pick up for the week. And on top of all of that… they deliver for a 10-mile radius!!! I know I just sold you on that one. Their one year anniversary of being open is November the 8th and they have already done so much to establish themselves and create a welcoming environment that caters to all. I will be back to Caribbean Jerk Chicken (or cauliflower in my case) mac and cheese and the Caprese Pesto grilled cheese!
Note: From time to time we’re invited out to an event or to try a restaurant or certain products. This meal or items are usually comped, as this was. We’re under no obligation to write a positive review or any review at all when we’re invited out to try a place. Every review you see on our site will be an honest review of the place whether or not the restaurant provided us with the meal at their cost.
Alexis Raynor works in the restaurant industry in downtown Raleigh and is obtaining a degree in Public Relations. She enjoys creating healthy, yet flavorful recipes at home and trying unique food everywhere she travels to. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @everyday.alexis.