Admittedly, I’m not the world’s biggest mac ’n’ cheese fan, but the dish has found a new place in my heart (and stomach) thanks to the Mac & Cheese Burger at 1ST RND in West Edmonton Mall.
When you mess with a classic like the cheeseburger, you need to be confident in your replacement, and this burger oozes with a confidence just short of cocky.
A deep-fried macaroni and cheese patty — on top of your standard beef patty and a slice of cheddar — may sound absurd, but it works.
The mac ’n’ cheese is breaded and fried without overcooking the macaroni or losing the integrity of the mac ’n’ cheese experience. It adds crunch, but also has a lusciously gooey centre. Add to that the restaurant’s signature beef patty, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and a pleasantly surprising spicy ketchup, all sandwiched between two warm cheese buns, and you have an inventive (and cheesy) take that can win over any doubter — including mac ’n’ cheese haters like myself.
Open daily 11 a.m. – Midnight
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