Pontotoc Lounge (Memphis, TN)

“Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese”

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The presentation was wonderfully enticing, from what I could see without flash! Pontotoc is definitely serving up some major Hollister energy with the lighting.

Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This mac had a killer flavor, with a solid foundation of heat from the buffalo sauce that was perfectly balanced with its cheesiness.

Your trained eye may have detected the benevolent sprinkle of blue cheese on top, otherwise known as the only place that I would knock this mac. As a fan of blue cheese, I was looking forward to the addition as an excellent pairing to the buffalo, but the individual responsible for that crumble of cheese had their foot on the GAS. Dialed back? No problem. As it was? My eyes were watering.

Pro tip: ask them to go light on the blue.

Creaminess: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Perfectly velvety, but without being thick enough to re-grout a bathroom.

Cheesiness: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The cheesiness in this mac was anything but lacking! The cheese sauce itself was primarily cheddar, but it was hard to pinpoint if that was the entirety of the ingredient list due to the buffalo – not complaining.

Being that the blue cheese was primarily a topping, I think I’ll leave that to the Flavor category.

Texture: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have not had radiatori in a mac & cheese unless I’ve made it myself; that’s a shame, a blunder, a grave miscalculation, because the texture is stellar. Added to some breadcrumb mixed in, the blue cheese crumbles, and velvety texture of the cheese sauce, this was quite the texturally diverse mac & cheese.

As an astute reader, you’ve probably noticed the absence of the chicken referenced in the title – my non-vegetarian significant other tells me it was pretty tasty!

Overall Experience

Apart from the blue cheese punch (and maybe overly murky interior), it was a delicious mac and a great dining experience!

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