Green Chile Mac and Cheese Smackdown: The Main Ingredient vs. Roaring Fork
In Arizona, we want things done a certain way. We like our hot dogs Sonoran, our margaritas prickly peared, and our mac and cheese chock-full of green chiles. A classic dish of Americana delivered with a Southwestern spin is the comfort dish of many locals. So whose kitchen should you head to when you're feeling blue (or green)? We gathered our two top contenders for some hand-to-hand smack and cheese.
Photos courtesy The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe and The Roaring Fork
In This Corner: The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe
Katie Johnson Mindy's Mac & Cheese
The Setup: This cozy Coronado hot spot is endearing because of its historic building. Offering a killer playlist of underground hip-hop and a great happy hour, TMI is perfect for sitting on the patio with your friend, your dog, and an ice-cold craft brew.
The Good: This dish is served homestyle. It's a generous block of cheesy cheddar casserole stuffed with sizable noodles (the type of macaroni noodle that eats other noodles for breakfast) and visible green chiles scattered throughout.
The Bad: A couple of things. First, it is mild -- too mild. And, yes, it does say right there in the menu description that Mindy's mac is packed with cheddar and mild green chiles, but we assumed that the spice factor of these chiles was based on more a curve for Arizona natives. Second, there's the delivery. Though the portion size is generous, the plated casserole cut looses heat quickly, and adding a side of bread to the plate is less a complement than it is a carb-y redundancy.