Cafe Eclectic (Memphis, TN)

” Mac-N-Cheese “

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This isn’t some fancy, city slicker mac & cheese – this here is hardworking folk that’s here to get the job done. Melted cheese covered the outside of the cup in a way that I’d ordinarily consider sloppy, but with the still bubbling cheese and a bit of steam, it simply registered as warming to the toes. Nothing here purports to be something it’s not.

Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mildly cheesy with a buttery undertone and nip of pepper, this mac had a pretty classic diner/side mac flavor that I’m certain you can conjure up with ease. In other words, it tasted precisely as you’d expect it to.

Creaminess: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Exactly as it should be; silky and smooth. If you order a mac like this and it’s dry and/or lumpy, it’s cancelled. This is the kind of mac you should be able to depend on, trust with your life, put down as your emergency contact; creaminess is a cornerstone.

Cheesiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Mild, cheddary, and plenty of stringy cheese pulls.

Texture: ⭐️

Definitely falls into the “soft foods you can eat after oral surgery” category, alongside applesauce and scrambled eggs. There’s no textural diversity here, but I’ll say it again: you know exactly what you’re getting when a mac and cheese like this gets set in front of you.

Overall experience:

Sides vary quite a bit in function, size, and overall quality; this mac is a good archetype of what you’d generally expect when you order one. Cafe Eclectic has great food, and if you’re looking for a bite of comforting mac to warm you up on a colder day, the mac & cheese has you covered.

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