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September 5, 2014 at 6:49am

Mac and Cheese Madness: Mac N' More

Mac n' More serves one of the creamiest mac and cheese dishes in the South Sound. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

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No, I'm not high.

Yes, I write a weekly mac and cheese column. And, one might be hard pressed to find a weed-loving soul who scoffs at mac and cheese, the ultimate comfort food. But, my answer to the questioned posed via email was, "Not right now."

Aghast was a reader who claimed I must be out of my mind not visiting Mac N' More in Lacey during the 18 weeks since I launched this South Sound treasure hunt.

I explained I've been too high and was paranoid to venture out of my (comfort food) zone.

Kidding.

Truth is, I have pulled up a chair at the Lacey strip mall eatery a dozen or so times since Steve and Katrina Cobb opened the mac and cheese centric restaurant in 2012. Steve, who has seen the world through a restaurant kitchen window while his wife, Katrina, served in the Army, tweaked his macaroni and cheese recipe during a 25-year journey. After tasting the famous macaroni and cheese at S'mac in New York City, and making the final adjustment, the Cobbs felt confident enough to open their own joint at the corner of Martin Way and Dutterow Road.

Mac N' More serves nine variations of macaroni and cheese, with the option to create your own dish. A four-cheese "secret" recipe serves as a base, although the Cobbs have since let the world know Tillamook sharp cheddar is part of the equation.

The light creamy "original" sauce deserves a trophy on its own, but receives its crown with added ingredients such as pickled jalapeno, spinach, jammy onions, bacon, chili beans, to name a few. The Cobbs also offer nine creations of their own, including two mac and cheese creations that top all dishes on the menu - which includes chicken breasts, salads, burgers, sandwiches and shareables. The "Buffalo" mac and cheese includes chicken strips smothered in buffalo sauce, green onions and blue cheese ($8.85), while the "Loaded Potato Mac" ($8.85) arrives loaded with bacon, potatoes, green onions, sour cream and more cheddar cheese. The "Meat Loaf" mac and cheese is hot on their elbows.

Steve has perfected his pasta preparation, producing a firm elbow macaroni that holds the light sauce.

The portions will satisfy any appetite. After indulgence such as the aforementioned, it's hard to imagine how an ice cream sandwich, apple pie or shake could be added - but the option exists, as does a weekend breakfast.

MAC N' MORE, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9323 Martin Way, Lacey, 360.455.3290

LINK: More mac and cheese dishes in the South Sound

LINK: The answer to why this mac and cheese column exists

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Served, a blog by the Weekly Volcano, is the region’s feedbag of fresh chow daily, local restaurant news, New Beer Column, bar and restaurant openings and closings, breaking culinary news and breaking culinary ground - all brought to the table with a dollop of Internet frivolity on top.

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