Mac-and-cheese joint opens in time for winter’s late arrival
on February 19, 2011
If the week’s sudden turn to winter has you hankering for some comfort food, you’re in luck. Homeroom, Oakland’s newest restaurant, specializes in everyone’s favorite comfort food: macaroni and cheese. After a scrape with McDonalds, and a couple years of planning, building and recipe-testing, Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade opened the doors to cheesy goodness on Tuesday.
Homeroom sells ten different takes on the American classic. You can opt for the actual classic—just like your mother made it, unless she made it from a box. Or you can go for something different, like Mac the Goat, which comes with goat cheese, scallions and buttery breadcrumb topping. Or you can dig into the Trailer Mac–chopped hot dogs mixed in with a crushed potato chip topping—but don’t worry, it’s all local and organic. To finish your meal off, try a homemade Oreo or peanut-butter pie, and wash it down with house-made soda.
The Temescal location was designed by local firm Abueg Morris Architects. But Arevalo and Wade crafted many of the finishes that give the restaurant its charm with some help from their husbands (For example, check out the tables—built by hand from real high school bleachers). If you want to see it for yourself, head to: 400 40th Street, Oakland. Bon appetit!
Editor’s Note: This story was updated to give some credit for Homeroom’s design to Abueg Morris Architects, who were not mentioned when the story was originally published. Our apologies for the oversight.
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