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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.