Monday, March 21, 2011
HOMEROOM, mac + cheese
‘March Madness’ has created a gravity that has left me glued to the couch this weekend. I attempted to watch 32 NCAA tournament basketball games over a two day period. I was well on my way when Ms. Goofy demanded we leave the house and go out to lunch. She wanted to go to ‘Homeroom’, a restaurant that just recently opened. Homeroom’s specialty is Macaroni and Cheese. I could not refuse because I was starting to root.
We jumped into Ms. Goofy’s formula one racing Honda and made a FastBreak on the Blacktop to Oakland California. Luckily the Highway Referees did not see our high rate of Traveling and the Double Dribble of sweat on my brow. Upon arrival we were greeted with a small line of people. The owner Erin suggested that we sit at the communal table and that was fine with us.
Homeroom has a school room theme throughout this small restaurant. Blackboards, library index card cases and a beer dispenser. How come my school did not have a beer dispenser? The menu is simple. Several different combinations of Macaroni and Cheese are offered. You then can customize your dish with extras such as; breadcrumbs, mushrooms, peppers, bacon, vegetables, etc. etc. There are salads and desserts offered also. Ms. Goofy chose plain macaroni and cheese with extra bacon. ‘Mexican Mac’ which included chorizo, chipotle peppers, jack cheese and topped with bread crumbs and cilantro was my choice. Yes, of course I added extra bacon. The dishes were served very promptly.
Comforting and filling are our two after thoughts of our meal at Homeroom. These dishes of pasta and cheese filled the bill and our stomachs with grown up variations of our favorite dish from school. Bacon put these gooey dishes over the top. The ‘Mexican Mac’ had only a glimmer of heat which was fine. The cilantro and bread crumbs were a topping that was delightful. Ms. Goofy loved her cheese and pasta dish of memories
Homeroom is a nice place to have a cheesy plate of pasta for lunch. Order the macaroni and cheese combinations off the menu and customize it anyway you desire with the extras. We picked up a buttery and chocolaty brownie ‘To Go’ to bring back to the couch. I have a lot of basketball left to watch.
400 40th street
Oakland, ca 94609