Saturday, February 12, 2011

Restaurant Review: S'mac

Years ago I was wandering around the Lower East Side of NYC and stumbled upon S'mac with a friend. We both loved macaroni and cheese so we went inside, hoping for the best but not expecting much. Just because someplace smells good, doesn't mean the actual food will be good. And really? A whole restaurant purely devoted to one kind of food? How was that going to work?

Well, the food was great. And four and a half years later S'mac is still in business and growing. From a very small menu, to one that has doubled in size with gluten free and vegan options, you can get anything from a very traditional creamy mac and cheese to very fancy. And they're all delicious. So you can go with your picky eater kids to get the very basic All-American, and you can get a more grown up version for yourself. Just look at some of the creations:

NAPOLETANA - Fresh Mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, and fresh basil.

PARISIENNE - Creamy Brie, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms & fresh rosemary. (This one they clearly make just for me.)

CAJUN - Cheddar & Pepper Jack cheeses, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and, of course, some genuine Cajun seasoning.

They all look so good, how to choose just a few to put up here? You can even build your own. I think my perfect one would be a take on the Parisienne. Blue cheese, brie, rosemary, figs, and bacon. Yeah, you know I like the heavy duty stuff. I think I'd feel full for a week after eating that.

The restaurant itself is very small and cafeteria like, so it might not be the perfect romantic date spot. But you have the option for delivery and to take it cold home so you can heat it up yourself. So why not create the perfect romantic date at home? Or just stroll in wearing your sweats or hanging out with a bunch of your friends to remind yourself of what it's like to be a kid, eating a way better cafeteria lunch than you could ever get at school.

It's a shame there is only one picture of the food on their website, because they all look so amazing in real life.

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