“Life is great. Cheese makes it better.” – Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye
It was the first rain of the season and the last day of summer. My morning run was cancelled due to the downpour, so I stayed at home all morning stealing cars and watching Michel successfully pull of a jewelry heist, along with my friend, Sarah. No, we’re not criminals.
The new Grand Theft Auto game is out.
Naturally, all that sitting around doing nothing made us work up an appetite, and the rain nixed any opportunity for a sunny patio brunch.
We set out for Homeroom Mac + Cheese Restaurant.
I’ve heard of this place through the grapevine and know they just released their first cookbook, so, stirred by the buzz, we trudged over, raincoats and all, to enjoy the perfect rainy day food.
Homeroom is a mac and cheese restaurant in Temescal and any nostalgic hipster’s utopia. Enjoy the cheesy goodness of the quintessential comfort food, but with a grown-up twist – like gluten-free mac topped with Gruyere and artichoke hearts and served with a mason jar of craft beer.
The place was packed when we arrived, so while we waited around for a table, I got to take in the decor. With an old school gym locker in the corner, the monthly specials featured on a chalkboard wall and a library catalog that stores frequent eater club cards – so on-trend, yet low-key.
We were soon seated at a long, communal table, in between what we suspected to be a declining first date and a group of girlfriends out for brunch. Overall, the vibe was warm, inviting and down-to-earth.
The menu features about 15 different types of mac. From the classic cheesy stuff to a version that’s made with creamy black truffle gouda, sauteed mushrooms and fresh time, there’s something for every cheese-loving palate.
Plus, they have a full list of add-ons to yummy up your dish even more: chorizo, peas, fried egg, spicy cauliflower, caramelized onion, buttery breadcrumbs and more.
I had the Gilroy Mac with creamy gouda, sharp pecorino and roasted garlic, made it gluten-free and added bacon.
Michel had the same, but glutenous and topped with breadcrumbs.
And Sarah relieved her childhood and had the Trailer Mac – cheddary mac with Niman Ranch hot dog and topped with crushed potato chips.
Ohmygosh, when our meal arrived, we were all in mac and cheese heaven. Bites of hot, gooey carbs and cheese, the cold, rainy weather and good company made for such a satisfying meal.
We were too stuffed to even think about dessert, but I’ve heard that their homemade Oreos are out of this world AND that they have gluten-free options too.
We all left as happy, maybe-slightly-fatter campers, but we’ll definitely return as the weather starts to get colder and stormy weather starts to become a part of everyday life again.
Until then, remember this?