When you're just a kid, one of the best childhood foods are usually combinations of two strong elements of your eyes and tummy, for example - peanut butter & jelly, milk & cereal, or ice cream & whatever vegetable you were required to eat (before you could get your dessert). But perhaps above all other kid-food duos, macaroni & cheese has grown into a full-fledged adult entree that’s ordered at fancy restaurants with only a minor tinge of embarrassment.
How can anyone NOT enjoy an amazing Mac-n-Cheese meal? If you're a vegetarian, it's perfect. If you're a vegan, there are many options for you. Mac-n-Cheese is 'where it's at' when you stomach is craving anything. It's almost the perfect comfort food. Well, there's one spot in Austin that clearly offers the best Mac-n-Cheese available - Jack Allen's Kitchen.
I live near highway 71, so I visited their TX-71 location last Friday night. And although parking was a pain, eventually I found a spot.
I walked in around 7:30 pm and this place was packed. The wait for table of 4 was 45 minutes (I highly recommend calling in a day in advance to reserve a table). Once seated, we started with appetizers - Quesdillas and Blue Crab. I ordered the dinner special of smoked Salmon, with Coleslaw it was amazing. The only thing I didn't like that it was deep fried, I wouldn't have got it if I knew it was served in that way...but hey, no complaints.
Now...as for Jack Allen's Mac-n-Cheese, after we all paid the bill and were about to leave, I ordered some Mac-n-Cheese to go. The smell in the car was driving me crazy all the way home. I knew the moment I walked in the door, I was 'sampling' my order. by 11 pm, my to-go order was all gone. One word - superb. The five cheese mac and cheese and chicken is nothing short of amazing. It's a game changer. I was scraping the bottom of the bowl.
Jack Allens is a favorite of mine in Austin...and I can't wait to go back for that mac and cheese!
Two locations to consider if you're in the mood for amazing Mac and Cheese:
Jack Allen’s Kitchen 360
3600 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746
Jack Allen's Kitchen
7720 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735
Main Website: www.jackallenskitchen.com/