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Special Mac for Special Dads!

Trying to find the best gift for Father’s Day? Hint: it’s mac and cheese. We all know the quickest way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so it made sense for us to come up with something special this year. We tried to think of something that would be nice and filling, with a balance of saltiness and creamy, gooey cheese—and a cool twist. What’d we end up with?

The Mac Daddy.

The Mac Daddy in all its well-lit glory.

The Mac Daddy in all its well-lit glory.

Creamy gouda and salty pecorino cheeses (like we use for our Gilroy Mac) make up the base. We toss in some sautéed mushrooms, sweet caramelized onions, and smoky bacon, and voilà…mac heaven!

Our taste testers went crazy for it, so it was the obvious choice; one described the taste as similar to a cheesesteak, but with bacon. Whatever it strikes a resemblance to, one thing is for sure: get this for dad, and you’ll definitely be his favorite.

You can get it at both the restaurant and the to-go spot starting on Friday, June 19th, for $15*. If you’re sitting down, we suggest pairing it with a cold glass of the Old Rasputin Stout we have on tap; if you’re bringing it home, make sure to grab a bottle of the St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale!

Soon-to-be dad Kale with the soon-to-be-sold-out St. Bernardus Abt 12 (which is a perfect pairing for your to-go Mac Daddy)

Soon-to-be dad Kale with the soon-to-be-sold-out St. Bernardus Abt 12 (which is a perfect pairing for your to-go Mac Daddy)

See you all soon!

*EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mac Daddy was so popular that we’ve made it our staff pick for July! Please note that the price listed above was a limited-time Father’s Day special; this month, you can order it at either location for $16.50.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes (in pricing)

We’ve been getting some questions and comments lately from some of our (very astute) guests regarding the pricing changes that have shown up on our menu recently. We wanted to take a minute to fill you all in on what’s going on, the reason for the shift, and what we’re doing to make sure you all see minimal changes when you come in.

Last November, Measure FF was passed, and the minimum wage in Oakland was set to increase 36%, to $12.25. We were really excited to see this change, as it makes life easier for our hardworking staff—and, in reality, many of you—but we did think a lot about how we could reasonably keep our business running (while continuing to provide you all with delicious mac and cheese) taking into account these changes.

As many of you noticed, we increased our prices by 10% the same week the new measure went into effect: this translates to a $4 price difference on the average meal (two macs, a side, and a dessert). We’re so grateful to all of you, who have taken this news with little more than a shrug and a question mark, and who are so supportive of our business week after week.

In order to keep costs down going forward, two of our macs have gone into retirement: the Crab mac and our Ivy Leaguer Truffle mac. We found that with the pricing changes, these two macs ended up a little more on the pricey side than we like to be; we try to give you a big meal without a big price tag. The good news is, we’ll be bringing back the Crab mac every January and February at the peak of Dungeness crab season to celebrate this delicious, locally-harvested tradition (keep an eye on this blog and our social media for specifics!).

Mike and Haiden are very excited for you to be able to DIY the crab mac until it's back on the menu. Don't forget to tag shared pics of your homemade macs with #homemadehomeroom!

Mike and Haiden are very excited for you to be able to DIY the crab mac until it’s back on the menu. Don’t forget to tag shared pics of your homemade macs with #homemadehomeroom!

Also, to keep our basic mac offerings at an even 12, two new flavors have been permanently added to the menu! Check out our previous post for more details about that, too. Please let us know—either in the comments below or by email–if any of you have additional questions on these, or any, changes.

See you all soon!

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