The Attic was founded on a menu full of Southern creature comforts like shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steaks, and jambalaya. But the standout here isn't the Monte Christo French Toast or Chicken and Waffles, no, your eye is immediately drawn to the section of the menu labeled “Mac ’n’ Cheetos.” All four options (OG Mac, Hey Shorty, Reggae, Jalo Bac) are served as follows: pasta, Cheddar, mozzarella, and Jack cheeses topped with Flaming Hot Cheetos crumbles and green onions. Let’s review. The OG Mac will come with smoked bacon and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Hey Shorty will come with slow-braised short rib, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Jalo Bac will come with jalapeños, candied cayenne bacon… and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Welcome to The Attic, where your favorite bag of chips makes its way into your favorite childhood, cheesy pasta. What more could you possibly want?
Located in a 1920s Craftsman-style house on an unassuming corner in Belmont Heights, The Attic is owned and run by a Long Beach local since 2012. You’ll find yourself daydreaming about their rendition of Southern classics like Short Rib Poutine and traditional New Orleans beignets coated with powdered sugar, plus inspired takes like Mac & Cheese that’s topped with crumbled Flaming Hot Cheetos. Now might be a good time to sample one of their legendary cocktails, including favorites like the stacked Meaty Man, with a secret, house-made bloody mix, olives, bacon, and a short rib slider.
How to order: Walk-ins welcome, order online for takeout.