Diners Drive Ins And Dives Mac And Cheese Balls

Guy Fieri visits America's most interesting and unique restaurants. He visits a Sacramento pub for pork-sausage pizza, a Mexican-Salvadoran joint in Washington, DC for pupusas, and a Philly bar for vegan club sandwiches and deep-fried tofu. Aug 7, 2012 - Triple D in the 'D' Most Macked Mac & Cheese!: Did you catch the episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” where Kid Rock escorted Guy Fieri to some of his favorite restaurants in the Detroit area? If so, you probably recall the mac & cheese made at the Clarkston Union resta.

Welcome to Dude, You Gotta Eat This -- a new Thrillist series where we direct your eating attention toward new, under-the-radar, weird, or just plain awesome eats you need to go try around the city.

Step into Astoria’s Queens Comfort and you’ll feel like you’re reliving your childhood. There are funky superhero toys on the shelves, family portraits that line the walls, Christmas lights, and a movie projected on the big screen at the back. But you’re not here for a trip down memory lane. You’re here for mac ‘n cheese, ballified.

(And Louisiana-style comfort foods topped with things like cornflakes and Cap'n Crunch, but that’s for another day.)

Made from scratch, Queens Comfort’s Atomic Fireballs start with a spicy béchamel mixture that uses three different types of hot sauce: Texas Pete, Tabasco, and the fan-favorite, Sriracha. Cayenne, paprika, yellow and white cheddar, and fontina are then added for an even fierier flavor. Macaroni is tossed in and the whole shebang is refrigerated overnight. The next day, the balls are shaped, coated in a cayenne-and-paprika panko, and then deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha for more sex appeal.

They're the perfect blend of crumbly and creamy -- everything you know and love about mac ‘n cheese but with a badass kick that you can dull down (WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS???) with a taming, tangy ranch dipping sauce that comes with them. The only downside? You’ll probably down the entire basket in around a minute.

And our record is totally 45 seconds, step it up.

Alisha Prakash is a contributing writer at Thrillist NYC. Her mission: make Sriracha a food group. You can find more of her musings on her website or follow her on Twitter.

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Season 16
Dec 10, 2012
This trip, Guy's finding real deal authentic eats in unusual spots. In St. Louis, the n'awlins roadhouse serving up rice and beans, cajun potstickers and a pulled pork pasta. And in .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's finding real deal authentic eats in unusual spots. In St. Louis, the n'awlins roadhouse serving up rice and beans, cajun potstickers and a pulled pork pasta. And in Syracuse, N.Y., the tiny Mediterranean cafe crankin' out first-class falafel and baklava.
Dec 17, 2012
This trip, Guy's visiting restaurants with a definite direction. In Syracuse, N.Y., the longtime pasta institution makin' a tomato sauce just for dipping, spicy chicken wiggies and duck .. show full overview

Diners Drive Ins And Dives Mac And Cheese Balls Baked

This trip, Guy's visiting restaurants with a definite direction. In Syracuse, N.Y., the longtime pasta institution makin' a tomato sauce just for dipping, spicy chicken wiggies and duck and cheese pizza. And in Nags Head, N.C., the local food-focused joint using funky techniques on deep fried pickles and soft shell crab.
Dec 24, 2012
This trip, Guy's honing in on spots doing it different. In Syracuse, N.Y., the basement joint rockin' out waffles with their fried chicken, and with a full blown Thanksgiving dinner. In .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's honing in on spots doing it different. In Syracuse, N.Y., the basement joint rockin' out waffles with their fried chicken, and with a full blown Thanksgiving dinner. In Hoboken, N.J., the Cuban joint goin' deep into the repertoire with a salt cured beef dish and all kinds of classic Cuban appetizers. And in Duck, N.C., the gas station turned gourmet seafood stand grilling up scallops and packin' a crab boil to-go.
Jan 07, 2013
This trip, Guy's meeting up with credible combos. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the barbecue joint mashin' up a variety of styles for their unique wings and their big time beef ribs. And in Manteo, .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's meeting up with credible combos. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the barbecue joint mashin' up a variety of styles for their unique wings and their big time beef ribs. And in Manteo, N.C., the husband and wife tag-teaming in the kitchen to deliver on soft shell crab quesadilla, tuna tacos, and shrimp and chorizo.
Jan 14, 2013
This trip, Guy's warming up with some standout specialties. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the mom and pop diner flipping a skillet apple waffle with pancetta and deep-frying breakfast empanadas. In .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's warming up with some standout specialties. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the mom and pop diner flipping a skillet apple waffle with pancetta and deep-frying breakfast empanadas. In Olympia, Wash., the brew house cranking out crab cannelloni and bangers and mash. And in Grandy, N.C., the farm to table German joint rolling out the ruebens and a cheesy baked potato soup.
Jan 21, 2013
Diners drive ins and dives mac and cheese balls being cooked
This trip, Guy's takin' a spin through the town favorites. In Chatham, N.J., the real deal Italian joint bakin' up some righteous fried chicken, arancini balls, and the decadent sacred .. show full overview
Diners
This trip, Guy's takin' a spin through the town favorites. In Chatham, N.J., the real deal Italian joint bakin' up some righteous fried chicken, arancini balls, and the decadent sacred swine sandwich. And in Olympia, Wash., the homestyle spot cranking out creole oyster benedict, a colorful winter squash and apple hash and a unique blueberry crunch roller.
Feb 11, 2013
This trip, Guy's sampling from the land and the sea. In Syracuse, N.Y., the underground joint servin' up scratch made chicken caesar sandwiches and spicy sweet sausage fajitas. In Kitty .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's sampling from the land and the sea. In Syracuse, N.Y., the underground joint servin' up scratch made chicken caesar sandwiches and spicy sweet sausage fajitas. In Kitty Hawk, N.C., the ages-old seaside restaurant firing up fisherman's risotto and citrus chicken. And in Olympia, Wash., the brewpub combining beer with bangers and mash and crab stuffed cannelloni.
Feb 18, 2013
This trip, Guy's goin' coast to coast for decadent dishes. In Brooklyn, the southern-inspired spot crankin' out fried chicken and waffles, a spicy pulled pork sandwich and a daily donut .. show full overview
This trip, Guy's goin' coast to coast for decadent dishes. In Brooklyn, the southern-inspired spot crankin' out fried chicken and waffles, a spicy pulled pork sandwich and a daily donut to die for. And in Puyallup, Wash., the local's joint serving up homemade meatballs and fire grilled artichokes.
Feb 25, 2013
Feasting on European flavors in Tacoma, Wash., where Guy tries a hangover soup and a dish called Frikadelle. Also: a Toronto place that only serves meatballs; and a Polish family restaurant in Syracuse known for potato pancakes and stew.
Feasting on European flavors in Tacoma, Wash., where Guy tries a hangover soup and a dish called Frikadelle. Also: a Toronto place that only serves meatballs; and a Polish family restaurant in Syracuse known for potato pancakes and stew.
Mar 04, 2013
Guy turns his attention to foods that are grilled, beginning with a trip to a Los Angeles joint, where he tries a hot-pork sandwich and a lamb burger. Also: kabobs and beet salad are on the menu at a pub in Tacoma, Wash.
Guy turns his attention to foods that are grilled, beginning with a trip to a Los Angeles joint, where he tries a hot-pork sandwich and a lamb burger. Also: kabobs and beet salad are on the menu at a pub in Tacoma, Wash.
Mar 11, 2013
Unique combos are highlighted by Guy, beginning in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown, where he visits a place known for its craft beer and recipes for French dip and fries. Also: .. show full overview

Diners Drive Ins And Dives Mac And Cheese Balls Recipe

Unique combos are highlighted by Guy, beginning in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown, where he visits a place known for its craft beer and recipes for French dip and fries. Also: a Toronto diner that serves stuffed French toast, a Corn Flakes chicken club and pie milkshakes.
Mar 18, 2013
A restored diner in Toronto is celebrated for its pork belly, mac-and-cheese burger and Christmas burger. Also: Guy visits a surfer hangout in Nags Head, N.C., where Jamaican jerk chicken and Caribbean pork chops are served.
A restored diner in Toronto is celebrated for its pork belly, mac-and-cheese burger and Christmas burger. Also: Guy visits a surfer hangout in Nags Head, N.C., where Jamaican jerk chicken and Caribbean pork chops are served.
Mar 25, 2013

Diners Drive Ins And Dives Mac And Cheese Balls Being Cooked

A Jewish deli in Toronto takes an old-school approach to smoking meats and preparing knish; and in Los Angeles, a food truck infuses Singaporean flavors into their chili crab cake and lamb burger.

Diners Drive Ins And Dives Mac And Cheese Balls

A Jewish deli in Toronto takes an old-school approach to smoking meats and preparing knish; and in Los Angeles, a food truck infuses Singaporean flavors into their chili crab cake and lamb burger.