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Erstwhile engineers Sarita Ekya and her husband, Caesar, learned a few revealing things while doing intensive citywide reconnaissance for S'MAC, their macaroni-and-cheese emporium (short for "Sarita's mac"). "I'm a cheese snob," says Sarita, who gravitates to higher-end fromage. "He’s all about the all-American." Also, presentation counts. They serve all twelve varieties in a skillet, from the ground-beef-enhanced Cheeseburger to the Brie with roasted figs and shiitakes. Orders can be customized with various meat and vegetable add-ons, a choice of traditional elbow, whole-wheat, or gluten-free pasta, and optional bread crumbs, to gild the lily. (Vegan and reduced-lactose sauces are also available.) The salad, we imagine, is there for token greenery—and guilt appeasement.