Homeroom, Oakland, Calif. November 16, 2011.

Springing Ahead with a New Menu and Longer Hours!

Starting April 17th, Homeroom will be open until 10pm every night!  That’s a whole extra hour on the weekdays for you to come in and get a big gooey, cheesy, creamy bowl of mac. Or just come in for some beer, wine and a maybe a brownie sundae. This change may not be permanent – we’re going to try it out and see how it goes. But don’t forget, we’re closed on Mondays…

When we opened Homeroom a little over a year ago, it was always our intention to change the menu around once in a while– new macs, seasonal macs, unique macs–all things to keep you interested and coming back for more. We think this time around we hit the jackpot.

Let’s talk about the macs before we get to the veggies and desserts. We have two new ones: A bright and fresh spring mac, and a just-as-you-remember-it tuna mac. The spring mac has aged asiago, parsley, mint, lemon zest and peas, and we strongly recommend adding our new veggie, roasted asparagus. We can seriously eat two bowls each of this mac. It’s citrus-y, salty, tangy and with the asparagus, just a bit earthy. Try it with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc or an icy pilsner.

Our tuna mac is pretty amazing too–it’ll remind you of grandma’s tuna casserole, but how you always wish she would make it. We make the tuna salad fresh with celery, onions and capers, and mix it into melted havarti and lots of mac. We suggest topping it with crushed potato chips. Our tuna is fully sustainable–we use skipjack tuna that’s pole caught in well-managed, healthy populations that are not over-fished. Check out the Monterey Seafood Watch guide for more information on the sustainability of your favorite seafood.

Our new veggie side dish is fresh roasted California asparagus, doused in a balsamic vinaigrette. They have a super short growing season though, so don’t be surprised when we replace them for a summery veggie in a couple of months.

As for desserts, a few of you may remember last summer when we served a mason jar full of creamy banana creme pie? Well, it’s back! And we think it’s even better than last year. Layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, caramel sauce and thick, homemade vanilla pudding. We’re even going to have a gluten-free version, served without the vanilla wafers.

And last but not least, we added a couple of pint-sized macs to our kids’ menu. Now you’ll find our cheddary little mac, along with a jack mac made with milder jack cheese, and mac + peas, which is a cheese-less mac made with peas and butter.

That’s all for now! Hope to see you soon for a taste of our awesome new menu.