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The Dish

By Tara Bennett

Have you been craving a delectably ooey, gooey bowl of noodles paired with a borderline irresponsible amount of cheese? Then behold the ultimate comfort food at Capital City Grill with their skillet mac and cheese.

Capital City Grill is considered one of downtown’s fancier dining establishments, situated next to the Shaw Center and is known for its business-like atmosphere and polished servers. In all honesty, it is surprising to find a comfort food dish in such a locale. After all, what could be fancy about macaroni and cheese? A lot, actually since my server had to double check to make sure they still had some left after the lunch rush. Thankfully I was blessed with cheesy goodness to satisfy my craving.

Served in cast iron skillets, this dish has abundant flavor from a combination of sharp cheddar cheese on top of large macaroni shells. But that’s just the foundation to this decadent dish. To add even more of a kick, you have an option of adding either bacon or pulled pork (the correct answer here is to do both). And if that’s not enough, it also has breadcrumbs sprinkled on top.

The mixture of the smoky bacon pieces (bigger than little bacon bits to boot) with the succulent pulled pork made this dish very distinctive, and fully satisfied my craving for southern comfort food. Serving it in a skillet happily reminded me of the days when I was young and in my great grandmother’s kitchen waiting to be fed.

Fair warning, this dish is listed as an appetizer, but after one bite you’re not going to want to share.

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