FOOD & WINE

World’s Best Breakfasts: Mac Attack at The Macintosh in Charleston

January 26, 2015
The Mac Attack at The Macintosh
The Mac Attack at The Macintosh

The Mac Attack at The Macintosh

In the search for the world’s best breakfasts, the Mac Attack at The Macintosh in Charleston is a winner.

This isn’t a dish you’re likely to make at home or one you would want to eat very often. But everyone should experience the wonderful flavors and textures of the totally unique “Mac Attack” at least once—even if it sounds like (and probably is) something that’s far less healthy than an egg white omelet.

The Mac Attack Decomposed

The Mac Attack is Executive Chef Jeremiah Bacon’s creative Lowcountry take on classic Eggs Benedict that’s served at The Macintosh on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. He’s created a totally delicious and unique breakfast entree.

Instead of sitting on the traditional English muffin, a poached egg is placed atop bone marrow bread pudding. To make the pudding, the chef soaks a piece of brioche in rendered veal marrow, cream, and egg yolks, and sears it on both sides (so it looks much like French toast). The chef also substitutes steamed kale for spinach.

Like the classic, the egg is topped with Hollandaise Sauce but instead of using bacon or ham, the Chef garnishes the dish with generous pieces of pork belly, and plates it in a piece of oval-shaped Le Creuset stoneware. Our waitress, Meghan, told us that the pork is brined, cured, and deep-fried, a worth-waiting-for process that takes two days.

We ordered a plump brown sugar sorghum bagel with honey butter as a starter but it was so sweet, it made for a perfect sweet dessert with coffee. (Sorghum is a popular sweet grain in the South.)

The brown sugar sorghum bagel

The brown sugar sorghum bagel with honey butter

About the chef

Chef Bacon (yes, that’s really his surname) is a Charleston native and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. A three-time James Beard semifinalist, he emphasizes locally sourced items on a menu that changes daily.

The bar at The MacIntosh

The bar at The MacIntosh


IF YOU GO

The Macintosh, 479B King Street, Charleston, SC 29403


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  • Reply
    Cathy Sweeney
    January 27, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I clearly need to have breakfast at The Macintosh next time I’m in Charleston. That might be the most tempting breakfast pic I’ve ever seen. Chef Bacon was obviously destined to be a chef — wonderful name!

  • Reply
    Sand In My Suitcase
    February 1, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Chef Bacon! What a perfect name for this breakfast chef! Though with his credentials, it sounds like he can whip up a lot more than breakfast :-). This take on Eggs Benny looks scrumptious – though you’d probably have to eat rabbit food for the next few days to counteract all the delicious fat calories :-).

    • Irene S. Levine
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      Irene S. Levine
      February 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Agree with the irony of the chef’s name; eating rabbit food right now:-)

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