Macaroni & Cheese @ Flo’s V8 Cafe

Price: $2.79

When: August 17, 2015, 7:45 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Flo’s V8 Cafe offers a half-dozen side dishes to complement their entrees. The sides tend toward veg and starch: Mashed Potatoes, Signature Coleslaw, Roasted Vegetables, “Radiator” Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, and Macaroni & Cheese.

I was ordering a side as an add-on to my Turkey Dip, so I figured … what the hell. Mac and cheese it is.

First impression? This is a tiny side. If you’re expecting a small bowl of mac-n-cheese – you know, something you can share with other folks at your table – you’re going to be disappointed. This is, maybe, like, five bites of food. Tops. (And really, it’s more like three bites if you’re loading your fork.)

Second impression? There’s nothing special here. Yes, it’s mac and cheese. And yes, it’s a side. But at the same time, people order sides for an extra pop of flavor, a bit of oomph in their meal … or because they’re hungry, and want more volume. I wasn’t expecting “macaroni and cheese with herbed gouda and truffle oil, served with a crust of garlic croutons,” but I was definitely expecting more than this. It’s very Kraft Dinner-esque, which means it’s not adding anything. (And, as a one-time, college-attending, cash-strapped bachelor, trust me: I know from Kraft Dinner.)

This dish is in no-man’s-land: The flavor isn’t good enough to make it a desirable addition, and the portion is too small to make it something you can share (or feed to a child, who might go for Kraft Dinner after a day in the parks).

In short: it’s hard to see who this is “for” … which means I can’t recommend it.

(Also, can we talk about price for a second? This is $2.79. Nearly three bucks. For, as I said, five bites (max). That’s … crazy. This feels like a buck, a buck and a half, tops. $2.79? Way too pricey for what you get, here.)