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Restaurant Recipe Spotlight: The Gossip Grill

Located on the northwest corner of University Avenue and Normal Street, Gossip Grill is a chic, sexy, and fun dining experience catering to a vast and diverse crowd. Masterminded by the original owner of The Flame, Chris Shaw, he and his team envision a place where women can gather, dine, drink, and escape from the day.

But it’s not just the staff and ambience that keep the masses coming, the food at Gossip Grill is second to none. Ask any regular and they’ll tell you that the paninis are amazing and the mac & cheese is nothing short of devine.

For those of you wishing to recreate the latter at home, in an exclusive to SDGLN, Gossip Chef Mary Jo has given up the dirt as to how it’s done.

Gossip Grill Mac & Cheese (serves 10)


 1/2 pound unsalted butter
 1 cup all purpose flour
 ½ yellow onion, minced
 ¼ gallon whole milk
 1 cup white cheddar
 ½ cup grated parmesan
 1 cup guyere cheese
 1/2 pound shell pasta
 1 1/2 tbsp. salt

Bread crumb topping


 1 cup bread crumbs
 1 clove garlic, minced
 2 tbsp. italian parsley, chopped fine
 2 tbsp. grated parmesan, for the topping
 1 teaspoon salt
 ½ teaspoon pepper
 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

In a large pot boil salted water for the pasta. Cook pasta half way, then strain and rinse with cold water. Oil lightly, mix well, store in a container.

In a large pot, melt the butter with the onions on low heat, then add the flour. Whisk well so there is no lumps. Pour the milk slowly, stirring occasionally. This will thicken over 15 minutes. Add all the cheeses with the salt to the mixture. Add the pasta and stir until everything is incorporated. Portion into ramakins (individual baking dishes (3 to 4 inches in diameter) that resemble a miniature soufflé dish), then top it with the bread crumb topping.

Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

The Gossip Grill is located at 1440 University Avenue. For more information call 619.260.8203 or visit thegossipgrill.com.