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Dish Deathmatch: Cheesy sMACkdown

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Dish Deathmatch: Cheesy sMACkdown
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It has been an exceptionally godawful winter. Under such unendingly miserable conditions, heavy-duty comfort food is in order. First, because it’s comforting, and the weather has been uncomfortable. Second, because comfort food helps build a thin layer of blubber under the skin, to better insulate against the cold.

So, there’s been a lot of macaroni and cheese around here. Inevitably, this consumption patterns leads to a deathmatch: bring on the Mac Attack, it’s time to compare favorite macaroni and cheese dishes.

Given the extreme conditions, macaroni and cheeses with extra goodies (lobster, sausage or vegetables) were disqualified as too unsettling for comfort purists.

That brings the discussion to two outstanding versions of macaroni and cheese. There is the very popular macaroni and cheese found at City Barbecue locations and the recently re-discovered version found at the one remaining local Hoggy’s outlet. Both versions are pure noodles and cheese, and both are sold by the pint/pound for a decent binge.

Irritatingly, the tasting panel was split in their preferences. Texture fans opted for City Barbecue’s version. It’s exceptionally smooth and creamy, delivering consistent mouthfuls of soothing noodles.

On the other hand, flavor fans leaned more towards Hoggy’s. It puts a little penne in its macaroni mix and the cheese hangs out in little clots of richness.

If the tasters had preferences, it’s worth noting that everyone liked all the versions -there wasn’t a single negative comment.

If the tasters were dumbfoundingly divided, that takes the ultimate burden of decision to the professional reviewer. Given a personal affinity for 1) Clots of cheese and 2) Underdogs, this deathmatch victory can go to Hoggy’s.

You can do your own Deathmatch by picking up a pint at one of several City Barbecue stops. Alternately, Macaroni and Cheese is sold by the pound at Hoggy’s at 830 Bethel Road (inside of Johnny Buccelli’s).

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12 Responses to Dish Deathmatch: Cheesy sMACkdown

  1. Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson February 20, 2014 9:20 am at 9:20 am

    Two things.

    1. When Whole Foods on Lane Ave has their mac and cheese on the hot bar thing, just take a bucket in and get all of it they have. And then shove it in your mouth in your car before even leaving the parking lot. It’s amazing. I mean…not that I would ever do that. But that’s what I heard…um…from a friend.

    2. I now hate today because today has no mac and cheese in it for me.

  2. UrbanPlanner2112 February 20, 2014 9:22 am at 9:22 am

    The heartburn would kill me, and I want to keep my gall bladder, thanks.

  3. Miriam Bowers Abbott
    Miriam Bowers Abbott February 20, 2014 9:57 am at 9:57 am

    THIS is the first I’ve heard about Whole Foods Mac&Cheese -and I could claim it as health food, right? Double win.

  4. Geno99 February 20, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am

    Yeah health food. Like all of the organic chips and cookies they sell at Whole Foods too.

  5. catnfiddle February 20, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm

    What ritual does one need to complete in order to join one of these tasting panels?

  6. Miriam Bowers Abbott
    Miriam Bowers Abbott February 20, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm

    Are you kidding? I could find no one to share my last donut haul with. You’re in.

  7. AmorAmor February 20, 2014 1:44 pm at 1:44 pm

    This article just made me re-think my dinner plans for tonight.

  8. vestanpance
    vestanpance February 20, 2014 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm

    the schmidt’s mac and cheese on the buffet is nom

  9. JMUgradAsh February 20, 2014 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm

    I love the smack downs. And Lauren, you’re hysterical. I am going to Whole Foods ASAP.

  10. catnfiddle February 20, 2014 5:55 pm at 5:55 pm

    After I gave you that Spagio Cellar tip, Miriam, you know you can trust my taste.

  11. mbeaumont February 20, 2014 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm

    The baked mac and cheese at Bebe at Hey Hey is really good. I also like The Table’s fancy ass mac and cheese.

  12. lmsybiatb February 25, 2014 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm

    J Alexander’s might be the best in the city.

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