TOPSHAM – First, I might wish to apologize to vegan or lactose illiberal readers for the graphic content material that follows.
The Tacky Skillet is a brand new, less-than-fast-food lunch choice that leans on dairy, heavy and unapologetically.
Chef Danny Caron, a longtime teacher at The Inexperienced Ladle’s culinary arts program at Lewiston Regional Technical Heart, opened two places in Auburn and Topsham final yr and plans to broaden to 10.
On a latest Friday, I selected the Topsham spot, tucked between a guitar store and a laundromat within the Topsham Honest Mall, largely native retailers, chain eating places and big-box shops.
The house (which previously housed a Little Caesar’s franchise) is small; simply sufficient room for a row of shoppers and some excessive tables. The dozen or so folks I watched coming out and in all took their orders to go.
The menu is extra intensive than I believed, however not as diversified. The cheese is the star, by design. There’s an merchandise referred to as the Chesorito ($15.25 stuffed macaroni burrito topped with bitter cream, bacon and cheese sauce) and one other merchandise referred to as the Mac Assault (which seems like grilled cheese, besides , that the sandwich filling is macaroni and cheese for $12). .
In hindsight, it may not be the worst thought to get a medical clearance earlier than visiting The Tacky Skillet.
On high of the specialty meals, there are a number of sandwich choices and eight sorts of macaroni and cheese. The most effective half concerning the bowls is that you would be able to get common sizes or a mini model, which is a superb choice for individuals who have regular appetites or do not need to take dwelling any leftovers.
Not eager to spend the remainder of the day with a abdomen ache, I ordered a mini model of the buffalo mac bowl.
It arrived in about 10 minutes, a neat square-sized cardboard container filled with cavatappi pasta in a creamy sauce, topped with chunks of buffalo hen and chunks of bleu cheese.
I picked up the bowl and I swear it weighed 5 kilos. This was additionally the mini model. I had two questions. 1. How a lot cheese is there? And a couple of. Am I going to remorse it?
The pasta within the sauce was wealthy and flavorful and paired nicely with the buffalo hen. I did not want the bleu cheese, however general, it was a strong dish of heat, creamy consolation meals. Not a superb meal, however a superb meal choice that is not a burger or a sandwich or a salad.
At $9 for the mini measurement, it was additionally a superb worth. The common measurement is $14 and might be finest suited to sharing. You will get a bowl topped with pulled pork, corned beef, creamy hen alfredo, even lobster.
The largest problem, nevertheless, was consuming from the slender bowl with out spilling over the facet. I misplaced that problem if anybody is protecting rating.