Thanks for checking out my first Frugal Foodie Friends review! Be sure to check out Jess’s review too! If you missed it, here’s the post with our bucket list. And here is our list on Yelp if you want to check it out!
Mac n' cheese is a nostalgic food for a lot of people and it definitely is for me. I remember I used get a whole plate of just mac n' cheese (and pretty much nothing else) at Hometown Buffet when I was growing up but let's get real, I still do that. Because I ate and enjoyed the same thing for years, I had a hard time appreciating "real" mac n' cheese as an adult. They tried to entice me with bacon, organic cream, and four kinds of real cheese when all I wanted was mac n' cheese made with some good ol' fashioned cheese powder. But my palate (hoity toity way to say preference of flavors in food) has developed over time, mostly due to dating Chef Paul, so I was excited to go to Elbows, a whole restaurant dedicated to feeding adults mac n' cheese.
We arrived at Elbows around 4:30PM at the Brea location and it wasn't crowded at all but it did start getting crowded around 5:30PM. You order and pay at the register first then find a place to sit. The place is pretty small but it was well kept and it's located in Downtown Brea so you could easily catch a movie or get some ice cream at Farrell's afterwards.
Here's what we ordered:
Vanilla Sweet Potato Fries ($4.95)
When Pigs Fly ($8.95)
Fun Guy ($9.95)
Total Spent: $28.68
The bruschetta was good, it was topped with a sweet and salty blend of tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and basil but it was just a little overloaded which made it difficult to eat. But I really enjoyed the sweet potato fries; it was sweet, crunchy, a little salty, and the vanilla gave it a really interesting and unexpected twist. I would definitely order the Vanilla Sweet Potato Fries again, it was a nice change from your usual fries.
For the mac n' cheese, they were both so good and topped with what I'm guessing is a really crunchy blend of bread crumbs and Parmesan. It contrasted really well with the softness and cheesiness of the mac n' cheese resting under the crunchy layer. "When Pigs Fly," which is a blend of Swiss and Gruyere cheese with Smoked Applewood Bacon, was probably my favorite because it was well within my comfort zone. I liked the blend of cheeses and liked that it wasn't too thick or creamy and of course, the bacon didn't hurt at all. I also liked the "Fun Guy," which has Mushroom, White Truffle Oil, and Garlic, but the truffle oil and garlic made it a little too rich for me. It's definitely something I would split with someone else but not something I would order on my own.
Overall, it's a great place to grab a bite, especially if you're on a time crunch since the food comes out pretty fast. You can't go wrong with a restaurant devoted to mac n' cheese and it's a great place to try a classic dish with a twist. Next time I go to Eblows, I would want to try "So Shellfish" and "More cheese 4 me."
On a scale of 1 to 5:
Overall Rating - 4
Timeliness - 5
Service - 5
Ambiance - 4
Quality of Food - 4
Time Spent - 1.5 hrs
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Sincerely your self-proclaimed sous chef,