Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vegan Mac & "Cheese" at Cheese-ology

Posted By on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Vegan grub from the Temple of Cheese
  • Vegan grub from the Temple of Cheese
Gut Check likes us some mac & cheese. So it should come as no surprise that, given Gut Check International HQ's proximity to the dairy-licious Cheese-ology (6602 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-863-6365), plenty of piping-hot carry-out containers get toted down the street. Ian Froeb himself seemed pretty impressed by his foray into Cheese-ology studies back in September.

But we remained curious about one Cheese-ology elective: the cheese-less mac & cheese. The sauce, made in-house, contains margarine, Dijon mustard and soy sauce, as well as that stalwart vegan "cheesiness" stand-in, nutritional yeast.

You know what?

It's pretty darn good! The sauce has the gooey creaminess everyone craves in throwback happy-place food. It looks and smells cheesy enough to fool dairy fans. The vegan connoisseur will likely be able to detect that ever-so-slightly sour tang from the yeast; that doesn't sink this dish, but it just might evoke flashbacks to years spent as a Level 5 vegan in college.

You can order it straight-up, with spices, or with vegetables. Pro tip: get the veggies. Ours came with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and black olives, which added some heft and piquant flavor.

It won't do anything rash like redepositing us on the vegan path. But it's a solid offering, one we'll remember fondly next time we're in Cheese-ology, ordering up the 4-Cheese.

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