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Chances are you have tots at home who often express an ear-piercing, abiding love of mac ‘n’ cheese. Well mom and dad, gourmet chef, Kelly Chapman, is about to become your new BFF. A rock star on the the LA food scene for some time, Chapman, is well known for serving up old-fashioned mac ‘n’ cheese with a twist through her popular food truck, Mac-O-Licious. What started as a mobile macaroni mecca has now evolved into a whimsical flagship cafe in Valley Village.

Mac Daddy Dishes
Using her family’s mouthwatering recipes that have been handed down through the generations, Chapman delivers Southern Style mac ‘n’ cheese dishes that ooze vibrant flavor and creativity. The Just Baking Bacon Mac is a homerun with pint-sized bacon lovers – a heavenly baked casserole of noodles, hickory smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. Parents looking for healthier options will adore the Garden Mac – a hearty macaroni and cheese dish with an array of colorful veggies. Customers also have the option to boost the flavor of any mac dish by choosing from an array of fun toppings like hot dogs, cornbread and roasted garlic. Two kids’ specific meals are available as well  – the Mini Mac Pop or Creamy Mac both served with Veggie Bites and a dessert.

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Downhome Vibe
Mac-O-Licious is the definition of cheery when it comes to atmosphere. Between a playful color pallet of yellow and black, checkered tablecloths, mac ‘n’ cheese pillows and lamps, as well as benches covered in artificial grass, your family will feel more like they’re attending a fantastically festive picnic than dining at a restaurant. Kids are offered paper and crayons to color while they’re waiting for their food, and Mac-O-Licious kids’ menus will soon be available for little artists to doodle to their heart’s content. Service is super friendly and attentive, just as you’d expect from any gracious Southern host.

Cheesetastic Kids Parties
For parents who are scratching their heads for new birthday party ideas, Mac-O-Licious to the rescue! They happily cater kids’ fests with at their “mac ‘n’ cheese factory.” Tikes not only have a chance to create their own macaroni meals, but they also get to meet the chef, receive stickers and balloons and an extra special gift for the guest of honor.

So bid that blue box buh-hye.  Mac just became a tasty dinner option for dining out.

Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m and Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon.

Reader Discount: Mac-O-Licious is happy to offer our readers a 10% discount when they mention “RED TRICYCLE” at the restaurant until October 31, 2014.

Mac-O-Licious
5217 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, Ca 91607
Phone: 818-814-6220
Online: macolicious.com

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What does your family love about Mac-O-Licious the most? We’d love to know in the comments below.

–Jennifer O’Brien