I've mentioned before that when a menu describes something as "the ultimate," I pretty much have to order it. So on a recent trip to my beloved college hangout the Blue Danube, I was obligated to try the Ultimate Mac & Cheese Dinner.

I've mentioned before that when a menu describes something as "the ultimate," I pretty much have to order it. So on a recent trip to my beloved college hangout the Blue Danube, I was obligated to try the Ultimate Mac & Cheese Dinner, $8.49. (Side note, it's part of the amusing "Dinners from Around the World" section of the menu, under the "From the States" header. The Dube menu hasn't always had that, right?)

Here's the menu description: "Unlike any you have ever had: bacon snow, crunchy topping, and finished with a flourish of molten cheese." Well. If "Ultimate" hadn't already reeled me in, bacon snow sure would have.

And while this isn't the very best mac & cheese I've ever had, it was surprisingly tasty. Noodles in a creamy white cheese sauce were topped with toasted bread crumbs (aka crunchy topping) and bacon bits (aka bacon snow). But real crumbled-up bacon, not fake-meat Bac-Os. I couldn't really detect a "flourish of molten cheese," but this stuff was plenty cheesy without it.

Blue Danube

2439 N. High St., North Campus

614-261-9308