Best Of 2019

Best Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese Food Truck: MamaBear’s Mac

For any artist facing an audition, some general advice is to “play the room,” which means to anticipate and exemplify the subtle expectations of your intended project. MamaBear’s Mac food truck follows this tip to a tee, as its menu of sumptuous elevated macaroni and cheese dishes changes based on its location. When the truck pulls up to a brewery, MamaBear herself, Kimberly Heileman, along with husband Dave, look for dark stout or the hoppiest beer brewed on premises to use as a component in their macaroni and beer cheese, topped with chorizo. If they’re serving outside of a winery, you can expect parmesan and mozzarella cheeses topped with Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and a balsamic glaze. This isn’t blue box macaroni. Another notable offering includes macaroni slathered in gouda and cheddar, topped with pulled pork and housemade barbecue sauce. There’s also mac made with sharp Cabot Vermont pepper jack cheese, topped with breadcrumbs and Glier’s spicy hot goetta, because this is Cincinnati, and MamaBear’s playing the room. MamaBear also took home first prize — and bragging rights — at CityBeat’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown in 2018. MamaBear’s Mac, facebook.com/mamabearsmac.