“Unless you’re in New York, pizza is just pizza.” I don’t know who said this but I’m willing to bet a generous sum of money someone, somewhere has said it. When it comes to pizza, everyone’s a critic, am I right?
Mac’s Dough House, located at 10509 Watterson Trail, is in the heart of the Gaslight Square and has been since October 2018.
I first discovered Mac‘s on my first trip to downtown Jeffersontown and I told myself their pizza HAD to be in my not-so-distant future. Fast forward to the 2019 Gaslight Festival with insatiable hunger, Mac’s Dough House was looking (and smelling) pretty darn good.
The Gaslight Festival is a three day street festival featuring over 135 vendors from across the country and over 130 local businesses and non-profit organizations. As far as food goes, I stumbled upon everything from corn dogs and funnel cakes to hillbilly s’mores.
Fun Fact: Hillbilly s’mores are just traditional s’mores ingredients shoved inside an ice cream cone. Am I even from Kentucky if I’d never heard of this until that day?
And despite my undying love for traditional fair food and a trusty located El Nopal across the street, I kept coming back to this pizza I’d been dying to try.
So, after running back to the caramel corn booth about 7 times for free samples and trying to talk myself out of buying everything every vendor had listed for sale, I finally made it inside with my heart set on a pizza twice my size.
A bar with 26 different draft beers greets you immediately upon entering the quirky little pizza parlor, as well as concrete floors, exposed brick, and a pretty stellar Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mural. You’ll also find two arcade games and 17 televisions scattered throughout, so you’ll never miss a game when you’re dining at Mac’s.
The menu features exactly what you’d expect and a little bit of what you wouldn’t. Aside from a variety of pizzas, you can also take your pick of calzones, sandwiches and gourmet mac and cheese.
Fun fact – they never keep the same beer on draft more than twice in a month’s time unless it’s Bud Light or Miller. Visit Mac’s Dough House online here to learn more about their Beer Mob memberships.
I really wanted to experience the two culinary pieces that bring this place together so we opted to split a signature mac and cheese dish as an appetizer followed by a 12” pizza, but only because I had to be talked out of getting the 16” due to an embarrassing history of having eyes bigger than my stomach.
The mac and cheese dishes will only run you a few extra bucks over a standard appetizer and cost about the same as the higher priced starters, so it was a no brainer for us. The more difficult decision was trying to settle on which one to order – they all sounded amazing but if you’re wondering, it came down to the Mac Brown or the Pig Out. The Mac Brown is of course based on the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown but the Pig Out sucked me in with the pulled pork, gouda cheese and BBQ drizzle on top.
The Pig Out was everything we wanted and more from a mac and cheese dish. The crispy edges and gooey center had me wishing I would have gotten my own until the pizza came out. In fact, it was SO good, I forgot to snap a picture of it. Sorry, guys.
We settled on the Southern Chick, Mac’s take on a traditional BBQ chicken pizza but made with gouda cheese instead – are you seeing a pattern here?
The pizza was incredible. The crust didn’t overpower the pie and maybe that’s just a personal preference but that’s exactly the type of pizza I drool over. The toppings, however, did overpower the crust and kind of just slid right off if you weren’t careful. I’m beginning to think this is just what happens when you order any variation of chicken pizza and I’m okay with it so long as it tastes as good as our pizza tasted that day.
Not in the mood for pizza? Neither were my parents. They both settled on a meatball sub the size of my forearm. Mac’s offers a ton of variety on their fun, flavorful menu, making it a great spot for even your pickiest friends and family members.
MAC’S DOUGH HOUSE
10509 WATTERSON TRAIL
LOUISVILLE, KY 40299
M-Th: 4pm – 10pm
Fri: 4pm – 11pm
Sat: 12pm – 11pm
Sun: 12pm – 10pm