By Jenny Elig and Amy Norcross
Creamy, salty, gooey and delicious, macaroni and cheese has the power to transform your day. The pasta-bilities are endless with this hallmark of cozy meals everywhere, and the southside has lots of opportunities to get your fix. Here, three options.
ON THE GO
155 Marlin Drive, Greenwood
1251 N. U.S 31, Greenwood
5240 E. Southport Road, Indianapolis
A staple on the chicken sandwich circuit, Chick-fil-A is almost as well-known for the things you eat with your sandwich, i.e., sides, dessert, lemonade and the holy grail of dipping sauces: Chick-fil-A sauce. We’d like to add one more delicious option to this list. We humbly submit that the recently debuted macaroni and cheese, loaded with cheddar, Parmesan and Romano, is a worthy addition to the menu. It’s available as a side dish, or you can order it by the tray if you’d like to be a hero to your office or home.
OUT TO LUNCH
Johnson’s BBQ Shack
82 S. Baldwin St., Bargersville
This downtown Bargersville joint, also known simply as “the shack,” offers — as any real barbecue spot should — straightforward fare, with barbecue served from its on-site smoker, accompanied by craft fountain drinks by Handcrafted Beverages and your choice of sides. And speaking of sides, of course we’re going to recommend the baked macaroni and cheese to accompany your pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken and/or hot links. This stand-out side, served neatly in a paper basket, has crisped edges from being baked. You might even want to make it a double.
ON THE TOWN
Big Woods Franklin
1800 E. King St., Franklin
At Big Woods Franklin, the mac ’n’ cheese isn’t relegated to a side. No, no, no. Here, it takes center stage — er, entrée bowl. Trottole pasta is tossed in a blend of mozzarella, smoked Gouda, provolone and cheddar cheeses, then topped with toasted Parmesan bread crumbs. Because everything is customizable these days, you can add jalapenos, bacon, chicken, steak tips or pulled pork to your mac ’n’ cheese bowl; however you choose to mac it your own, we’re certain it will make at least a few dreams come true.