For the last couple of months owners Larkin Mackey (of the eponymous Larkin’s in Eagle Rock) & Joshua McBride have been getting great pre-opening press for their newest venture, Mac & Cheeza. I was drawn in, and twice made special trips downtown for the creamy cheesy goodness. I was not disappointed. With news of the Grand Opening comes regular hours, and I can now go back for more anytime I like.
The concept is simple: first, choose your size (Baby Mac all the way up to Mac Daddy.) Next, do you want regular or rice noodles? Penultimately, regular or house-made soy cheese? Now it gets complicated; now you complement your base with a choice of veggies, meats and toppers. How will you ever choose? It’s like Pinkberry for mac & cheese. This is a problem for me, because I want them all!
As if this weren’t enough, there are also homemade desserts straight from Larkin’s mom’s kitchen. Have the banana pudding; it’s fantastic. On top of it all, Larkin and his crew are always friendly, helpful, and all-around good guys.
If for some reason you can’t make the Grand Opening today, check them out soon. Mac & Cheeza is located at 223 W. 8th Street (near 8th & Broadway.) They’re open Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-2am.
Many enter. Few leave. Well, ok, everyone leaves but not everyone wins. I’ve compiled a few tips for those interested in entering this bracing competition. I’ve seen enough of thesewild cheesy orgies to know what works & what doesn’t.
Register your sandwich here, and click through for the tips…I’m also hoping other folks will share tips in the comments. Wanna go without competing? Great! They’ll announce the location shortly.
Thanks to everyone who made suggestions as to where I could be pick up some rennett to make my cheese. I was so incredibly giddy, when I walked into the first grocery store on Fairfax Ave. Only to be knocked for a loop when the guy behind the counter not only told me that he didn’t have it, but that no one else on the street would probably have it too.
I know. I could have had it by now if I had just ordered online. Man, the cheese would have probably been gone by now if I had ordered it online. It seems my stubborn and obsessive side has taken over. My goal was to find this cheese within the borders of LA County or eventually give up, I suppose. Well, I am not giving up. Even if that means I have to buy in San Diego.