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They put Mac & Cheese in What?!

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This past month, I had the pleasure of visiting the Mackin’ Wagon for one of their first popups. Recently, I met the owners, Matt and Lisa, on a Las Vegas Foodies Facebook group. I was interested in both hearing their story and trying out their unique lunch creations. Both Matt and Lisa are long-time bartenders in Vegas, but for the past few years, they have been steadily laying the foundations for their food truck, the Mackin’ Wagon. Although Covid slowed down their progress, the owners pushed through and were able to recently open their truck. I’m thrilled for them because the popup I visited was a huge success as the constant stream of customers for the duration of the event never quite seemed to slow down.

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Now let’s get to the food. When it was my time to order, I had their signature dish: the Mac and Cheese Bomba. In simple terms, the Bomba is a fresh baguette stuffed to the brim with Mac and Cheese. When ordering, you have the choice of what kind of mac & cheese you want: white gouda, or traditional-three cheese. And, if you’re looking for a bit extra, you can add one of three meats: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Hand-Breaded Buffalo Chicken, or BBQ Pulled Pork. I decided to order the white gouda since it’s my favorite cheese. 😋

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This original dish intrigued me in the days leading up to my visit and I wondered what I would think of the double carb concoction. I was thrilled to discover that my White Gouda Bomba was everything I seek when I try a cuisine for the first time. Delicious. New. Unique. The macaroni blanketed in white gouda cheese could easily be eaten on its own. However, when combined with the light flaky baguette, the dish reminded me of a lightly stuffed grilled cheese. Only replace the cheese with mac & cheese of course!

I was curious about how they stumbled upon such a unique but delicious combination, so I decided to ask the owner, Matt. He told me that the Bomba was created after much experimentation in the kitchen. I imagine they combined mac and cheese with many other different food items before being thrilled to discover the odd but undeniably delicious pairing of mac and cheese on a baguette. 🧀🥖

Other items on the menu include the Mackin’ Burger, the Mac Dog, and the Buffalo Mac Bowl. Next time I’m back in the area, I will certainly be returning to see how their exquisite mac and cheese pairs in these other cuisines.

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