902 Boston Post Rd., Milford, (203) 693-3497, mac-n-out.com.
Macaroni and cheese is one of those comfort foods we hold onto from our childhoods, and not just because at one point in our lives it was seemingly the only thing we would eat. The combination of noodles and hot, cheesy sauce is a thing of beauty, and should be treated with great respect. In our adulthood, who says we can't enjoy sophisticated, grown-up versions of the dish that once placated us as youngsters?
Mac-N'-Out, a gourmet macaroni and cheese restaurant, opened its first location in the Darien I-95 North service center. Its second, on the Boston Post Road in Milford, is an actual storefront, with a few tables for those who want to dine in. The Milford location opened its doors on Friday, July 26. You'd never know the place had just opened, as a visit on their second day in business was smooth sailing.
My boyfriend and I definitely had eyes bigger than our stomachs, and ordered way too much macaroni and cheese for two people, but I couldn't help it. There are so many awesome combinations on Mac-N'-Out's menu. I went straight for my ultimate favorite, the Harbah Mac (fresh Maine lobster, cheddar and gruyere). Plump hunks of lobster meat make up a little less than half of the dish, which is a mighty good ratio of lobster to cheese and macaroni. My boyfriend opted for the Cheeseburger Mac (ground beef, onion, cheddar and Monterey Jack, special sauce and spices), which is a dish we make ourselves at home. Mac-N'-Out's version had all the right flavors, with more mac than meat. We ordered the medium sizes, which supposedly serve two people, but we're not sure how many meals those two people would get out of it. At $26 for the Harbah Mac and $12 for the Cheeseburger Mac, medium size orders could feed three to four people easily.
Two flavor combinations were not enough, however, so we also chose mini (serves one) orders of the French Onion Mac and Chili Mac. These smaller portions are still quite large, and would be perfect for sharing a quick snack. The French Onion Mac came with plenty of onions, and had that slightly boozy flavor of any good French onion soup. The Chili Mac had plenty of beans and spices, a special sauce, and tastes best cold, believe it or not. Single-serve sizes for these flavors run $8 and $6, respectively.
I'm anxious to go back and enjoy my mac and cheese in-house, because each kind is served in its own appropriately sized cast iron pan. Top that off with a variety of Foxon Park sodas, fountain soda, milk and ice tea, and Mac-N'-Out has just about anything non-alcoholic you'd need to comfort your soul via your stomach.