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Grab a taste of Harlem at mac 'n' cheese diner.

BIRMINGHAM'S first macaroni cheese restaurant has opened its doors inside Grand Central - and it looks stunning.

The colourful Holy Moly Macaroni restaurant has a distinct music and arty vibe with murals by Birmingham artist Justin Sola adorning the walls.

There are big, American-style booths, neon signs and exposed brickwork in keeping with the US soul food experience.

Holy Moly Macaroni serves up signature US comfort food dish macaroni cheese, as well as other hearty 'soul food' classics.

The eatery is the brainchild of Birmingham chef Anthony Duffy, who has been serving his macaroni cheese at street food events, including Digbeth Dining Clu, for the past six years.

Anthony was inspired to open a restaurant after visiting New York and experiencing Harlem 'soul food'.

He said: "I visited the most incredible restaurant called Red Rooster in Harlem. I fell in love with the place - the food, the music, the people, the culture.

''But, out of everything, my number one love was the mac and cheese. It was the dish that, for me, encapsulated that whole soulful feel."

After serving up his dream food on Brum's restaurant scene, Anthony and his business partner now have a permanent home bringing a taste of the US to Birmingham.

Anthony added: "Our restaurant has mac and cheese as the hero but we also do fried chicken, waffles, all those Harlem soul foods that complement it so well."

The mouthwatering menu includes baby back pork ribs (smoked for eight hours, smothered in a sauce of your choice and served with fries or a mini mac, PS12) and Hot Yardbird (Cajun rubbed chicken with rice, beans and greens, PS9.75).

The macaroni cheese is 'pimped up' with a variety of toppings.

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Date:Aug 10, 2018
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