The Mac Shack
The George Square food stalls are looking almost exactly as grim as I’d originally thought. There’s still a fair few tired places, and the balsamic onions on the burgers from Cargo are one of the most unpleasant things I’ve had in my mouth in a long while, but the traders along the north side of the square have brought some much-needed fresh impetus to things.
Next door to Voodoo 33 and the Khushi’s Jingle Bus is The Mac Shack, which unsurprisingly has macaroni cheese (£5) as its core offering. I popped by to give it a go on an intermittently rainy lunchtime.
Cooked in batches in what looked something like a paella pan, the mac looked quite dense and heavy. It brought together a three-cheese mix which was spooned into a decent-sized carton, then topped with herby breadcrumbs.
I found a sheltered spot to tuck in. It proved an overwhelmingly cheesy experience with strong umami notes.
Sophisticated it was not, but as a hangover annihilator or hunger destroyer I could imagine it working splendidly well. It certainly did so for me.
So overall, The Mac Shack offers a hearty, minimal fuss feed that could be just the ticket this Festival season. I imagine I will feel the need to avail myself of their services at least once more this August, so when a similar day dawns for you make sure to visit.