It’s field trip time and the Mac & Cheese Chick is running amok in New York City!
Okay, it’s not as bad as that. But boy, did we have a blast. We love the city and make sure to maximize our time there each and every time we visit (which is at least once a year – although if it were up to me, it would be quarterly). Which brings me to the reason for this blog post: FIELD TRIP!
Before I started the Mac & Cheese Chick blog, I visited one of my favorite places in New York, S’MAC. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos and without photos, there’s really no blog post. So, I need to hit S’MAC again the next time we’re in the city and when I do, you’ll read about it right here! But I digress (you must be used to that by now with me…).
Before our holiday, I was in contact with Mac Truck on Twitter. Haven’t heard of them? Well, today is your lucky day. They are New York’s only mac and cheese food truck. And just after we left the city, Dominic (the Mac Truck maestro) was heading to Texas to pick up a second Mac Truck – so now, there will be two in the city! Yippee! This is SUCH a good thing (I can totally hear Martha Stewart saying that in my head).
Enough history, you want to know about the mac. I can see you practically hopping up and down in frustration. Well, imagine my frustration when I went to one of their usual spots on 47th between Park & Madison on a cool Sunday afternoon, hoping for mac and cheese nirvana. I arrived, looked right, looked left, and saw nary a food truck. Then I smacked my head when I realized that it was a SUNDAY. I am a dumbass. Dejected, I slunk off to find lunch elsewhere.
Tuesday, I wisely checked the Mac Truck Twitter feed to determine their location before heading out. It was our last day in the city and the hubs and I were roaming around Midtown listening to an architectural audio tour which just so happened to go by 47th and Park. We timed it so that we were in the lunch window (just before 2pm), and we caught the Mac Truck right where it was supposed to be. How can you not cheer up when you spy the beautiful huge golden yellow truck that dispenses all kinds of mac and cheese deliciousness? It brought a smile to my face.
Heading to the truck, I stood and checked out the line, eyeing the menu. There were so many yummy options (hello, ton of free topping options!) that I ended up asking Steve to give me his three favorite macs. He decided on the Braised Applewood Bacon Cheeseburger mac, Buffalo Chicken mac, Pulled Pork mac and their Fried Mac Bites (I know that is four, I can count. But I was not complaining!). Steve was in the middle of training their very first employee (congratulations, guys!) so I chatted with Dom for a little bit while the macs were being prepared. Then, the macs were ready and we were all set. After saying goodbye we headed off in a hurry, not wanting to lose any of the warm, gooey flavor that emanated from our bag.
We grabbed a table in the public area inside the office building on the northwest corner of 42nd and Park (across from Grand Central Terminal) and I found myself wanting to savor the moment – was this to be mac and cheese nirvana in a big white bag?
The anticipation was palpable…and the look on the hubs’ face told me to just get on with it and open our mac and cheese containers so that he could taste. So I did.
Clockwise from the top left you have the fried mac bites, the bacon cheeseburger mac, the pulled pork mac and the buffalo chicken mac. I just know that once I pulled off the lids, everyone in the vicinity was eyeing our table covetously. As they should.
First up, the bacon cheeseburger mac and cheese.
All the individual flavors – the bacon, the burger, the buttery bread crumbs and of course, the creamy mac and cheese – came together perfectly! There was a slight sense of heat at the end that really made each bite pop.
Next, we tried the buffalo chicken mac and cheese.
The initial tang of the buffalo sauce melded with the creamy mac and cheese – it was a great combination of tangi-creami-liciousness and the subtle crunch of the breadcrumbs finished it off nicely. It was a delicate balance, and the buffalo chicken flavor shone through but did not overpower the mellow mac.
Now it was time to try the pulled pork mac and cheese.
Check out the huge chunks of pulled pork goodness in there! The sweet tang of the barbecue sauce + the inherent creaminess of the mac and cheese = WOW. From now on, I decree that ALL pulled pork sammies should come with a nice mound of mac and cheese on top. Terrific flavor combination.
Topped with a drizzle of sauce and fresh Parmesan – they look amazing, right? And they were. Crispety-crunchety outside, creamy warm inside. The sauce and Parm added another dimension to the flavor that made these simply spectacular. No offense to the Trusty Burgers & Bites truck (if you have a burger craving, you MUST go there), but in the battle of the Bites, Mac Truck wins. No question.
The combination of fresh ingredients, the ton of topping options, the phenomenal service and smiles of the guys in the truck made Mac Truck a standout. The three macs we tried were all so different and yummy that I couldn’t pick one as a fave. As you can see from the photo above, we pretty much sampled from each one continually until they were all gone. There was a brief kerfuffle over the last fried mac bite, but it was resolved with quick game of Rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock.
We will definitely stop by Mac Truck when we’re in New York.
Want to try them for yourself? The best way to find them is by following them on Twitter or Facebook. Also, did you know they have their own app? How cool is that? And here’s even more about them:
Until next time, guys.
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