Peter and I found ourselves in a situation recently where we were sitting at a table with five plates of macaroni and cheese in front of us. This was a great moment in my life. We were with another couple, and so yes, we ordered three kinds. We had to try more than two. I’m so happy that there is a restaurant that decided a business could be created and successful using the two best ingredients on earth. Ever since I read about Homeroom, I knew I had to try it, and it could not be a long time until that happened. Unfortunately for me, the restaurant was located in San Francisco. Fortunately for me, San Francisco is not that hard to get to, I happen to love that city and my Grandma is there. So Peter and I found ourselves in the Bay Area over this last weekend, and we went to get some freakin’ mac and cheese. I must have mentioned it at least five times.
“I don’t really care what we do today, I just want to get that mac and cheese at some point.”
“So what night works to go to the mac and cheese place?”
“We will figure it out.”
“Hey Grandma, do you want to come get mac and cheese with us?”
“Is it just mac and cheese?”
“As far as I know.”
“Hmm, no, I mean I like it but I don’t want it to be the main course of my meal.”
Tsk, tsk, Grandma.
It was awesome. We tried (from top to bottom) the Trailer mac (cheddar cheese and hot dogs), the Exchange Student (sharp pecorino and black peppercorns) and of course, the Classic. I seriously have a thing for just plain old, classic stove top mac and cheese. YES, it was stove top – reassuring me that my prediction on that being some of the best mac and cheese to exist is true. Homeroom will bake your mac and cheese, though, if you prefer it that way. Everyone who is into mac and cheese understands there are a million kinds, and there is no discrimination. This place has options of toppings; no breadcrumbs, buttered breadcrumbs, even potato chips in place of breadcrumbs (!).
Next time I probably would get the smaller version called Little Mac with a side salad, mostly so I wouldn’t feel a little like I could die at the very end, but for this first time, there was no holding back. When the conversation of what to have for dinner rolls around, Peter and I end up always discussing whether or not to have a salad with high-fat meals. I mean the idea is that if you have a salad, you’ll get a little bit of the health benefits, and ideally you’ll eat less of the high-fat, unhealthy parts. Well, often times we DO get and make a salad and then we eat the normal amounts we usually would of the crappy (delicious) features of the meal and then to me the salad is just extra calories I probably should just put toward the other parts. Ahhh. I know this is wrong and not the mentality I should have at all, but it does happen. During this little dinner debate, Peter and I are almost always reminded of the nearly ancient meme in which the sadly tragic Vince acquaints us all with the Slap Chop, which will undoubtedly help making salad less of a chore. I guess that’s not really the issue, although I do appreciate his enthusiasm. Actually, I’m not sure I appreciate it at all. But I sure do appreciate that video. And mac and cheese. A lot.