Dublin Square (East Lansing, MI)

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~ Classic Baked Mac N’ Cheese ~

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

 

Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I always love a cast iron mac, especially when it’s bubbling and hot. You can tell at first glance that it is ultra cheesy, which is usually an excellent thing. Those attributes definitely earn this mac a solid score in presentation, but at the same time, it’s missing the true artistry of a five star mac & cheese.

 

Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Nothing much apart from the taste of the four cheese blend – fortunately this blend was pretty good, so it didn’t feel overwhelmingly cheesy nor too lacking in the flavor department. At the same time, it was a little on the basic side, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t add some hot sauce.

 

Creaminess: ⭐️⭐️1/2

The creaminess was impressive at the start, but gradually less so with every minute – it separated quite a bit as it cooled, leaving a lot of grease floating around. Unfortunately, stirring it up again was only a temporary fix, making me hyper-aware of exactly how unhealthy my mac dinner was. Ignorance is definitely bliss.

 

Cheesiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Solid. All my taste complaints have been filed under “Flavor.”

 

Texture: ⭐️⭐️

Dublin’s mac was a bit wanting in this area, as the cavatappi was slightly overcooked and soft, and there was an overall lack of variety.

 

Overall Experience:

Average overall, this sentiment being reinforced by a grease-induced stomach ache later on; this mac was definitely not a light bite, but was not at all bad for a college town pub. For all of you cats that aren’t sticking to the basics for a mac review, Dublin also offers a Loaded Mac N’ Cheese piled with grilled chicken, bacon and jalapeños, which definitely seems worth a good, college try.

 

Menu link: http://www.dublinsquarepub.us/menu.html

 

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