Jus’ Mac, a restaurant concept any five year-old could have come up with, and every dietician’s worst nightmare; a Macaroni and Cheese based menu with a licence to serve beer, oh what a wonderful country we live in.
After finding the tiny unsuspecting shack that houses Jus’ Mac, I was immediately overwhelmed with the choices of different specialty mac & cheese dishes they had, not to mention the option to create your own. One drawback I realized rather quickly to dining in such a small restaurant is that the kitchen is at least four times smaller than the dining area which means they can only produce so many orders at a time. It is not uncommon to find yourself in a 5 to 10 min line before reaching the counter, but keep in mind that a long line is a good indication of how good the food is.
After the wait in line, and ample time looking at the menu, I decided on the Rustic: roasted tomato, Basil, garlic, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, along with fried mac & cheese balls to start out with. Though the line was a bit of a wait, the food showed up promptly.
I am well aware that this is not a new concept and that places like Sonic also serves fried macaroni and cheese, Sonic doesn’t come within miles of the level of Jus’ Mac. Where most places will serve up fried balls of pasta and dry cheese sauce leaving it tasting very processed, Jus’ Mac’s fried macaroni and cheese was a ball of creamy bold cheesy goodness encapsulated in a perfectly fried crust, I found myself making an effort not to make a pig of myself in front of my wife and sister.
Like any Master Chef will tell you, the perfect follow-up to mac & cheese is more mac & cheese, the Rustic is an onslaught of creamy waves of cheese, herbaceous bites of basil with tomato. The best part of the entire dish had to be the bread crumbs sprinkled on top adding a phenomenal contrast to an entrée dominated by creaminess.
Jus’ Mac’s quality, prices, and portions are all on the higher end of the spectrum and a great casual setting makes it all that much more enjoyable. The only complaint I have is that they don’t offer a cot to slip into a coma brought on from an overload of carbs.