The Tacky Skillet situated in Topsham Honest Mall. Picture by Eric Russell

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.

The Buffalo Mac Bowl at The Tacky Skillet in Topsham. Picture by Eric Russell

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.

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