Anna Maes – macaroni cheese and Southern street food
The grub: Mac ‘n’ cheese made with three different cheeses (cheddar, monetary jack and mozzarella) served either straight up and original, or pimped up with a choice of toppings. The ‘Piggy Smalls’ means the mac gets a top hat of succulent smoky pulled pork drizzled with sweet and tangy house BBQ sauce plus pickled red onion. Other toppings include the ‘Kanye Western’, which has a whole beef hot dog sliced up on top with BBQ sauce, the ‘Don Macaroni’ which has crispy bacon and a fresh, punchy basil pesto, or the ‘Spicy Juan’ which tops out with spicy jalapenos, chipotle pepper and sour cream. NB: portions are generous.
The vibe: Simple Southern American food and flavours reinterpreted for Londoners. Here the macaroni is made on site in giant iron skillets and you’ll find lots of cheesy humour – the Anna Maes slogan is ‘Cheesus Loves You.
The story: Working for a women’s organisation and as an agency planner respectively, Anna Clark and Tony Soloman were both suffering from desk fatigue so they decided to put their passion for home cooking to better use. Having travelled extensively through the deep American South and eaten their way from one BBQ restaurant to the next, the duo realised “that we never got sick of mac ‘n’ cheese, it’s just total comfort food. Mac ‘n’ cheese is considered a vegetable in the States, that’s how intrinsic it is to the American culinary psyche!” Recently the couple made a 2,500 mile food pilgrimage, eating their way from Los Angeles to Austin via the World BBQ Championships.
The tab: Between £5-7 depending on the specials on offer
Get the lowdown: Due to doing so many events there is no regular pitch for Anna Maes at the moment, however they occasionally pop up with KERB, they will be at the Truck Stop events with Street Feast until September, at Wilderness and Secret Garden Party festivals and at street food events in Lewisham, Lambeth and Streatham throughout the summer. All dates are on Anna-maes.com or follow Twitter @Anna_Maes
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