Grilled Mac & Cheese Sandwich at Ziggy's

For a restaurant known for its healthy dining options, Ziggy's Bar & Grill has an impressive edge when it comes to junk food of the highest order. To wit: The grilled mac & cheese sandwich seen above.

The story of the grilled mac & cheese sandwich -- a special, limited-time creation inspired by Eating Our Words -- is simple. When our commenters and Twitter followers began oohing and ahhing over the mac & cheese burger Chef Jason Kerr is serving at his food truck, Zilla Eats, I looked upon that creation with just as much longing as anyone else. But my longing for mac & cheese between bread took a different path.

I wished for a grilled cheese sandwich with mac & cheese in the middle.

And earlier this week, after an extremely disappointing visit to the sad little salad bar at the downtown YMCA for lunch, I saw that Ziggy's had answered my prayers. A Twitter update on January 17 simply read, "For our Twitter friends. Available at either location, just ask for it. Good with soup." And attached to that Tweet, a picture of a grilled mac & cheese sandwich.

I threw away my disgusting salad and headed to Ziggy's location on Fairview and Taft immediately. Fifteen minutes (and a slightly confused waiter) later, I was holding the sandwich I craved. Fat curls of cavatappi coated in cheese between two slices of crisped wheat bread, which held up admirably to all the creamy pasta within.

The only thing I wished for as I polished it off was that it was a true grilled cheese sandwich with macaroni and cheese in the middle. At Ziggy's the sandwich was simply mac & cheese between two pieces of toasted bread.

But you can't have it all, right? And just the sheer fact that there's a grilled mac & cheese sandwich out there in the world now is enough for me.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Katharine Shilcutt