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.
The 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.
We 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
104 Walnut Street, Montclair
Mon. to Thurs.: 7am-11pm