~ “Mac and Cheese” ~
If you saw this image on the wall of an art gallery, I doubt you’d think twice. The golden swirls of cavatappi pasta cross the wide, white bowl like brushstrokes on canvas – it speaks to you. Too deep? Nah, I don’t think so.
Earthy, and a little on the muted side – I’d say that it’s a great start but could use some amplifying. On the other hand, this mac is more of a build-your-own style, so the flavor could be quite variable. The bell peppers that I chose as a topping (I regretfully noticed that green onion was an option only after I’d ordered, which would’ve been a great touch) were nicely roasted, and added to the earthiness of the mac. I was impressed by how well the flavor of an optional topping was incorporated.
What’s interesting about his mac is that it was not only creamy, but remarkably silky smooth as well. I certainly can’t say that the smoothness of a cream sauce has ever caught my attention, so it has to get five stars.
The cheese was present but not a force, so again, the flavors were a bit on the muted side. Findlay Brewing Co. uses gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and monterey jack cheeses for their mac and cheese sauce, so a light tweaking to bring out more of those flavors would be an easy adjustment.
It seems that breadcrumbs have tended to be a tipping point for me in terms of textural diversity, and this review is no exception. I noticed immediately that the breadcrumbs topping this dish were very finely ground, making them more of a soft dusting than a crunchy additive, so there wasn’t a vast array of texture.
Findlay Brewing is a cool new addition to the small town, and has a quirky menu with pretty great beer (and cocktails too)! Are you a fan of giant Jenga? Mac & Cheese? Savory sandwiches on a grilled glazed donut? Quality brews? Then you should give Findlay Brewing a shot the next time you’re driving through on your route to Florida! (Pardon my jab at THE great state of Ohio).
Menu Link: https://www.findlaybrewing.com