WATCH | See how Project Brunch in Staten Island, New York, creates one of its signature dishes: the Mac Daddy.
The home of the Mac Daddy opened in 2016
Jodi Guagliardo and Nicholas Granata opened Project Brunch in April 2016. Guagliardo wanted to open a brunch-themed restaurant 10 years ago, but decided to wait. "I didn't think [the restaurant] would do as well 10 years ago, without the presence of Instagram and Facebook that I feel really drives this type of market," Guagliardo told Circa.
Every Monday a photo of that week's special is posted. The Mac Daddy originally started out as a special, but stayed on the menu due to its popularity.
This is the post that started it all.
Here's how it's made
First, the waffle is prepped. Batter is poured into the waffle machine, with pieces of pulled pork mixing with the batter. The mac and cheese is prepared while the waffle is cooking.
Once the waffle is finished, it's cut in half. The mac and cheese is placed between the two halves, then covered with a jalapeño and bacon maple syrup. Still hungry? Don't worry: The Mac Daddy comes with a side of parmesan fries.
Prior to opening we started testing these ideas we had with my children, their friends and their family. Every Sunday was a food fest.
Guagliardo created the waffle (and all the other dishes) with the help of her family and friends.
Despite being open for less than a year, Guagliardo plans to expand Project Brunch to other areas of the city and eventually nationally.
Planning a visit? Be prepared. Wait times often exceed 45 minutes, even on weekdays.