NHS Tavern's Cheeto-Crusted Mac & Cheese Is Evil. Creamy, Delicious Evil.

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I wish I had never ordered the mac and cheese at Neighborhood Services Tavern. But there it was, beckoning me with its siren song from the bottom of the menu, listed under "$5 Sides": Cheeto-crusted mac and cheese.

Cheetos have, in recent years, made their way onto my "Do Not Eat" list, but in my younger days they were my favorite junky snack. I can remember on at least one occasion waking up with neon orange dust all over my pillow after a Cheeto-fest just prior to passing out intoxicated. (Good times.)

So I expected NHST's mac to be pretty delicious, but I wasn't at all prepared for what was to come. It arrived at the table innocently enough, I suppose -- an oval ramekin of oversized elbows amidst gooey molten cheese, shamelessly topped off with a handful of the crunchy snacks so beloved by one Mr. Chester Cheetah.

I grabbed a fork and dug in. The first bite was almost unbelievably good; the cheese sauce was gooey and creamy and stringy all at the same time, and perfectly smooth on my tongue. It was intensely cheesy and exploding with flavor. (NHST seasons their food pretty aggressively, which I happen to enjoy. Do not fear the salt.)

The next bite I made sure to capture a Cheeto on my fork and it was pure ecstatic bliss in my mouth. Crunchy, creamy, gooey, cheesy, salty, ohmygodpleasecancelmyentreeandbringmore.

I actually got more mac & cheese to go -- Cheetos on the side so they don't get soggy -- and ate it later that night from the comfort and privacy of my couch. (We needed to be alone together.)

I fear I will need to revisit this at least bi-weekly to satiate my cheese demons. That's okay, I didn't really want to wear a bikini this summer anyway.

Location Info

Tried and True

2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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15 comments
Christopher
Christopher

The previous version of this dish, called NST's "Last Word Mac", was a superior dish. Subtle changes and the choice to replace seasoned panko and parmesan breadcrumbs with a dumping of Cheetos took this dish from Last Meal-status to Not-Worth-Ordering.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Excuse me Mr. Food Critic, but dumping Cheetos on top of something does not a crust make, even if it was good, its not a accurate description.

quahog_convo
quahog_convo

There was a point where their mac and cheese was on sale every Monday or Tuesday, I believe. THAT was evil.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Aw man, I thought the Cheetos were going to be crumbled on top into some kind of delicious crust that you can break into. I'm a fan of the poofy Cheetos, they're so good but also get stuck in my teeth like crazy. But then you lick your fingers with all that cheesy goodness on it. Mmmmm. I'm not fat I swear.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The perfect accompaniment to a Doritos Loco Taco.

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

"Cheeto-crusted" is NHST's menu description, not mine. I was expecting something more crust-like as ObserverFan729 described but nonetheless it's tasty business.

ts
ts

What a silly comment.  Clearly, Funyuns are a far superior pairing with steak than stupid Fritos.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 I should've picked a different name on DISQUS dammit. Seeing you write it out looks so dumb. Either way, thanks for sharing this gluttonous article. I share your enthusiasm for salt.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

"Whitney" is such a dude name, by the way, Mr. Food Critic.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Were there really 728 other people who had that name? I mean, I hope so. Because it's awesome.

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