Cheese To Please: Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery Opens In Montclair

mac attack sandwichesThe much anticipated Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery finally opened last week in Montclair, and is serving inexpensive comfort food with a welcome twist.

You can order traditional menu items such as macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, cheese fries, and breakfast egg and cheese sandwiches either old-school, or created with imaginative ingredients such as white truffles and Atlantic lobster.

The atmosphere at the spacious Walnut Street establishment is laid-back and fun, with popular music playing loudly. We waited for our meal while a group of college kids ate, drank beer, and lounged on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese-colored couches, (an homage, perhaps?) a couple of families dined at tables, and several adults waited at the standup bar for their take-out.

mac attack clerksThe pleasant, helpful young people working behind the counter say the most popular items include grilled cheese steak, southwest macaroni and cheese, and BBQ chicken cheese fries.

mac attack interiorWe took home the Manchego and apple grilled cheese, and the grilled BLT. Both were perfection: creamy cheese on crisp buttery toast, with a satisfying blend of flavors.

The traditional macaroni and cheese, topped with toasty, well-seasoned crumbs, was tasty. But it could’ve been a bit creamier and cheesier. The roasted tomato and red bell pepper soup was hearty and savory.

We can’t wait to try the Napa chicken grilled cheese with avocado, sweet potato gratin, and chili fries on our next visit.

I was especially pleased to learn the Cheesery offers free delivery for lunch and dinner with a $12 minimum order. They’re also open late every night of the week, and provide catering services. Today is the deadline to order for Christmas Eve. I’ll bet Santa would appreciate a grilled cheese sandwich along with the cookies and milk.

Mac Attack Gourmet Cheesery

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104 Walnut Street, Montclair


Mon. to Thurs.: 7am-11pm
Fri.: 7am-3am
Sat.: 9am-3am
Sun.: 9am-11pm

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  1. We went once, so I don’t feel qualified to give a full-on account, but here’s what we liked. The Southwestern Mac was very tasty. The regular Mac pleased one child, but not the other. He ended up getting a grilled cheese, and he liked the aioli they spread on the bread. (So did I.) We were told that is a signature part of the sandwiches, so if you’re looking for bland, make sure to ask for it without.

    I wish the Mac portions were a little larger for the price, but they get kudos for the flavors.

  2. I agree the SW version was good but as much as we wanted to love this place, the mozzarella sticks were awful. Will go back to try some other items.

  3. This place was hoppin’ when it opened less than a month ago, and now I think the fizz is flat. I wish them well, but I give them about 8 more weeks till closing

  4. Finally tried it last weekend. The mac and cheese was good — I had the white truffle — but the lighting was painful.

    The guys behind the counter were telling another customer that their busiest time is 11pm to 2am — post bar crowd…

  5. I had the occasion to stop in while meeting a friend at the station…in brief…friendly staff, excellent food with nice sized portions…I think the concept of gourmet “fast food” is a good one and I wish them well…we will definitely be back

  6. I took the kids here tonight. As soon as I walked in, my intuition told me that I did not want to eat here. Perhaps it was all the high school kids in the kitchen? They were really nice kids, but I don’t generally trust the hygiene of high school kids in a kitchen. But, the children were adamant about trying the food here. Suffice it to say that 15 minutes later my oldest was in tears in a bathroom in Trader Joe’s only to be followed by the younger sibling. Both are now feeling very ill at home as a result. I shall not return, though I wanted to love this place. I really do love how Walnut St has transformed over the years into such a cool little strip of places to eat and drink.

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