Eat mac and cheese, watch sports and play games at this new pub in Valley West Mall
All you need are a few basic ingredients, and about five minutes.
A new bar and grill has opened at Valley West Mall, serving six kinds of mac and cheese, plus a limitless variety with a build-your-own option. And you can also watch sports and play games.
Mac Shack at 1551 Valley West Drive, Suite 253 in West Des Moines has opened at Valley West Mall.
"We specialize in homemade mac and cheese, so we have several different kinds of mac and cheese, mac and cheese pizza and a hot ham mac and cheese sandwich," said owner Stefanie Smith, 40.
Mac and cheese options at Mac Shack:
All mac and cheese dishes are made with a signature homemade cheese sauce. You can choose between classic or Cajun and each order is served with either Texas toast or a warm Bavarian pretzel stick for dipping.
- Mac and Cheese ($9.99)
- Buffalo Chicken Mac - Made with breaded chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce and bleu cheese crumbles and drizzled with spicy ranch ($12.99)
- Chili Mac - Topped with homemade chili and sour cream ($11.99)
- Willies BBQ Mac - Made with smoked pulled pork and SBQ sauce and topped with onion tanglers ($12.99)
- Cowboy Mac - Topped with fried jalapeños and Graziano's Italian sausage ($12.99)
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac - Made with grilled chicken, topped with bacon and drizzled with ranch ($12.99)
A build-your-own mac and cheese option includes about 16 vegetables, topper and meats with additions like like mushrooms, broccoli, bacon, fried jalapeños and ham for an upcharge.
Along with mac and cheese as the main event, the restaurant serves appetizers, traditional and boneless chicken wings and tenders, seven kinds of burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.
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Pizzas can be ordered with a 10-inch gluten-free cauliflower crust or thin and crispy 12- or 16-inch crusts ($8.99 and up). Nine sides include french fries, seasoned battered fries, tater tots, house salad and onion tanglers ($1.99 to $3.99).
Kids 12 and under can order chicken tenders, grilled cheese or mac and cheese, served with french fries and a drink for $4.99.
A full bar is available with 10 beers on draft and Coke fountain products.
There's a full game room in the back of the restaurant that features a 22-foot shuffleboard, pool tables, pinball machines, racing car games and 16 large-screen TVs for plenty of sports-watching.
"I've been running sports bars and grills for about fifteen to twenty years," Smith said. "And I just decided to go out on my own."
Smith grew up in Muscatine but lived in Alabama for 10 years where she managed a Buffalo Wild Wings. She moved back to the area about eight years ago, managing restaurants like Okoboji Grill and 165 American Sports Bar & Grill in West Des Moines.
Location: 1551 Valley West Dr., Ste. 253, West Des Moines
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 am. to 1 a.m.
Contact: (515) 457-8584; Facebook