Holy Moly Macaroni: Birmingham's very first mac and cheese restaurant
I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't love a good bowl of piping hot mac and cheese.
If you're a mac and cheese lover like me and you happen to be in Birmingham this week, you're in luck because situated in Grand Central is Holy Moly Macaroni—Birmingham's very first mac and cheese restaurant.
The 1750 square feet restaurant opened this summer, with mac and cheese connoisseur and general soul food enthusiast Anthony Duffy at the helm. So what is the ethos behind this restaurant? The Holy Moly Macaroni website describes the homely inspiration behind the brand:
“Good food is just so important, it can bring friends and family together in a unique, enjoyable experience, and that’s what Holy Moly is all about.
For centuries, families have come together over bubbling bowls of macaroni cheese. With crisp tops perfect for plunging, molten middles, and the squabble over the burnt bits, what dish says family better. One day in 2012, in the spirit of adventurers past, a group of English friends exploring the States stopped at a diner in Harlem with a growling hunger and sickness for home in their stomachs. Faced with a hearty menu of soul food to choose from, it was the cosy promise of macaroni cheese that called to them. Over dripping forkfuls thousands of miles from home, the friends realised England had forgotten how glorious this gooey, golden goodness could be. They knew they had to bring back proper mac."
So what's on the infamous Holy Moly Macaroni menu that's worth drooling over?
There are six mac and cheese dishes to choose from—two of which are vegetarian—they include:
- 'Proper mac' - a mac and cheese with white and red cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan and a beautiful chive crust
- 'Uptown mac' - a wild mushroom and onion mac and cheese
- 'Cluckin' hot' - a spicy spinoff mac and cheese with Cajun chicken and bacon,
- 'Shrimp daddy' - mac and cheese with chorizo and prawns
- 'The real MacCoy' - a silky smooth sweet potato, cashew butter mac and cheese
- 'Hey pesto' - a pistachio pesto and avocado mac and cheese
Their menu is so good it could make anyone's mouth water.
The restaurant has a Harlem feel and incorporates a laid-back, urban aura. Anthony Duffy, the owner of Holy Moly Macaroni, expands on this by saying "I love macaroni but Holy Moly is about so much more than one dish — it's about capturing the whole atmosphere of this friendly, vibrant, multi-cultural spot that's full of soul in terms of food and music."
HOLY MOLYERS!! Good news: our restaurant’s looking incredible. Less good news: In true, new, indie style, we need to push our full launch. So.... we’ll open to 100 people at 5pm, July 21 with 50% off all bills. Then we’ll be open to you all on Saturday July 28. And we can’t wait #nearlythere #worththewait
"Bring back proper mac"
Anthony Duffy states that the inspiration behind his creations is the idea to "bring back proper mac".
Head on over to follow Holy Moly Macaroni on Twitter and if you're set on visiting this restaurant they are open Monday to Saturday 11 am - 10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.
For more information check out their website.