Ozzie Eats- The Southern Mac & Cheese Food Truck
Have you jumped on the gourmet food truck bandwagon yet? From L.A to Minneapolis, New York to Indianapolis, food trucks are captivating the attention of U.S cities, big and small. The Windy City is definitely no exception. With a fleet of just over 50 food trucks, Chicagoans have a lot of exceptional mobile cuisine to choose from.
Our office’s neighborhood is attracting more and more food trucks these days, and The Southern Mac & Cheese food truck is no exception. This particular food truck stemmed from popular Chicago restaurant The Southern, and recently opened up a Southern Mac & Cheese dine-in fast food location for those who want the macaroni and cheese without the chase.
My food truck adventure begins here, two blocks away from our office in the West Loop neighborhood. Parked conveniently next to Oprah’s famous Harpo Studios (now home to The Rosie Show), The Southern Mac spices up your kiddie mac and cheese into a variety of culturally-infused, foodie-friendly versions of this all-American classic.
This Mexican inspired mac and cheese definitely brings the great tasting flavors of traditional Mexican cheeses with a bit of the classic chorizo meat. Its great combination of pepper jack and cotija cheese made this mac and cheese very creamy and very flavorful. All ingredients were well mixed and you can definitely taste all the flavors and the meat in each bite. Though it did have a bit of a spicy kick to it, I still thought this Mexican Chorizo could be spiced up a notch. Overall, this mac and cheese had very good personality.
Here’s another creamy mac and cheese with very meaty bacon. Mixed with bacon bits, mushrooms and feta cheese, this is a must-have dish for bacon lovers, such as myself. Though I loved this mac and cheese, Pablo found it hard to get a real feel for all the ingredients like in the Mexican Chorizo. There were times when the bacon bits couldn’t be tasted when taking a bite, so you pretty much missed the main ingredient of the dish. Other than that, the bacon went perfectly with the mix of mushrooms making it my favorite dish.
The Southern Style mac and cheese was very different from the other two. It’s got a combination of pimiento, sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheeses with a dash of horseradish and red peppers. The ingredients were all great, however it made for a much drier mac and cheese. The Southern Style compared to creaminess of the Mexican Chorizo and Smoked Bacon tasted a bit soso. It had a great taste; however it left you wishing the dish was a lot creamier.
I must admit, I was a bit hesitant about going for the whole “mac and cheese” meal, but found The Southern Mac & Cheese didn’t just prepare the plain mac and cheese. I was surprised (and glad) to see a variety of dishes that took this all-American classic and turned it into something a lot more flavorful and different. The portion sizes are relatively big but with options between $7-$9, you definitely get what you pay for. Sadly though, The Southern Mac & Cheese food truck doesn’t offer any sides or extras in addition to their main dishes. There wasn’t a dessert option either, which would have been great to see and taste a mac and cheese twist of.
Have you eaten off The Southern Mac & Cheese? What dish is your favorite?