For those of you who don’t already know, you are going to find out soon enough that I have a serious weakness for mac and cheese. Baked, fried, creamy, dense – whatever way it’s being served, I’m probably going to love it. But even I was not prepared for the mac and cheese I discovered at Local in Silverlake (East LA). My roommate and I had been here several times before, always for brunch. They are known for wholesome, healthy food that makes you feel good – smoothies, fresh juices, plentiful vegan options, a glorious organic salad bar. And that’s what I was prepared to eat… until I saw that bowl teeming with yellow, starchy, crusted goodness. My eyes widened and then immediately closed in exasperated defeat as I knew that the words that would escape my mouth when asked what I would like to order would be “mac and cheese”. Like being possessed in a bad sci-fi movie. Welcome to my life. What makes it so alluring, you ask? They fry it on their griddle…yes, you heard me right. They prepare the mac and then spread it out on the flat top. That’s where all that crusty browning you see in the picture comes from. Needless to say, I was blown away. The creamy texture against the salty, amazing brown crunchiness is sublime. And at only $7 for a bowl that you could easily split with someone (it is incredibly rich stuff) I would say it is well worth the 12,000 calories (rough estimation) and the inevitable days of self-loathing that will follow.
Now I will not go so far as to say you should go to Local just for the mac and cheese. Many of their brunch creations are fantastic… but you’ve been warned.
2943 W Sunset Blvd