They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content, but can you imagine what a Saturday spent tasting some of the best mac and cheese in the Southside would bring? We’re imaging pure and utter joy, so that’s why we’ll be heading to the McIntosh Pastaval on Saturday 20 May.
The event, which is part of the Southside Fringe Festival and is run by the Foodie Explorers, in association with McIntosh of Strathmore, allows mac and cheese fans to sample and score various Southside restaurants offerings of the cheesy delight, before a winner is crowned.
One half of the Foodie Explorers, Emma Mykytyn, explained to TSA how the event works: “Bring yourself along to McIntosh Pastaval HQ which is at The Butterfly and The Pig South to pick up your mac and cheese appreciation pack. Then, using the map inside, make your way around the competing venues tasting their mac and cheese.
“Mark your scores and thoughts down on your scorecard and once you have visited all of the venues bring the scorecard back to base. We will then input the scores into to our system to find out who is the winner. We need the scorecards to be returned to count up the votes. Each card returned is entered into a draw for some fabulous prizes such as a meal for two at Buddy’s and a McIntosh Hamper.”
Confirmed restaurants for the 2017 McIntosh Pastaval include The Butterfly And The Pig, Buddy’s Diner, Millbrae Hill Cafe, The Bungo and Waverly Tea Room. Previous winners have included The Butterfly and The Pig (2015) and the Waverly Tea Rooms (2014). However, according to Emma one of the newcomers could scoop the ‘suitably cheesy trophy’ prize.
She said: “I think it’s going to be a tough fight. Newcomers Millbrae Hill Cafe will be wanting to show what they are made of and I’m sure that The Butterfly and The Pig South will want to keep their crown.”
As for the Foodie Explorer’s personal favourite mac and cheese spots in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Emma said: “You can’t beat the mac and cheese at The Admiral in Glasgow city centre. In Edinburgh it has to be Teuchtars Landing for us, mac and cheese in a mug!”
Tickets are £10 per person and are available to buy via www.foodieexplorers.co.uk from 1st May 2017.
If reading this has left you in the mood for decent mac and cheese and you can’t wait until 20 May, here’s a few of our favourite restaurants with top quality macaroni cheese in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Sloans – Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant is home to arguably the best macaroni cheese in the city. It also hosts the monthly Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Club night, where mac and cheese fans can gather and simply three specially selected ‘MACnificient’ macaroni dishes and one SMAC mystery mac recipe.
Cafe Gandolfi – Based in the Merchant City, Glasgow, this is another favourite for food lovers of Mac ‘n’ Cheese. They use locally sourced ingredients, adding an edge to their serving. Their portion comes as part of the Cafe Standard Menu, and the dish is served in a Mull cheddar sauce which gives it that extra stringy taste to enjoy.
The Admiral – If the Foodie Explorers recommend, we know it must be delicious and with five different versions of macaroni cheese on offer, The Admiral is definitely worth a visit. The delicious choices include: classic macaroni, caramelised leek and chicken, sun blushed tomato and basil, chipolte and three little pigs.
The Piemaker – If you’ve got a busy day of sightseeing planned in Edinburgh, make a quick stop at The Piemaker on South Bridge. Take one of their cheap and cheerful macaroni cheese filled pies to go and enjoy all the city has to offer, we bet you go back for another.
Lebowskis – If you’ve never had mac and cheese as a filling in your burger, you can’t being to imagine what you’ve been missing. It’s a whole new burger experience and one you need to try out. We recommend trying Lewbowski’s offering, it consists of mac and cheese, mozzarella, bacon fritter and bacon jam, how mouth-watering does that sound?
MUMS Great Comfort Food – If you’re craving that proper ‘home cooked’ feel, head over to Mum’s Great Comfort Food on Forest Road. Their dish is made with spring onions, cheddar cheese and Applewood smoked cheese and is raved about online. The friendly service is also constantly commented on, so head here when you’re in need of a decent meal and a friendly smile.