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Guide: Where to Find Interesting Mac n' Cheese

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Franks 'n' Dawgs
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Macaroni and cheese—a classic, a staple and quite possibly the ultimate comfort food. Many people love it, but sometimes you just want a fresh new take on something you've probably been eating for as long as you can remember. Freelance writer Kristen Kuchar compiled a map of interesting mac 'n cheese dishes around the city.


Check out Kristen Kuchar's new cookbook, Mac n' Cheese to the Rescue, which features 101 ways to spice up ordinary boxed mac n' cheese.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dimo's Pizza

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3463 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-4580
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“The Mac Pizza”Instead of pepperoni and sausage, the toppings for this pizza are macaroni noodles and cheddar cheese with a homemade crème fraiche base. No wonder it’s Dimo’s most popular pizza slice.

2. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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“Mac & Cheese #2”Charred balsamic red onions make this more complex but the gruyere and smoked bacon shine through, too.

3. Hamburger Mary's

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5400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-6969
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“Loaded Mac-N-Cheese”When a name like “loaded”, it shouldn’t disappoint. Mac n’ cheese is loaded with red onions, red peppers, diced tomatoes, green peas, diced ham, and topped with crispy onion straws.

4. Fountainhead

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1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 697-8204
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“Mac &Cheese”The classic dish gets a sophisticated makeover with smoked gouda, butterkase, duck confit, bacon crumbles and toasted bread crumbs.

5. Franks 'N' Dawgs

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1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-7200
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“Truffle Mac n’ Cheese Dog”Bratwurst sausage is topped with decadent truffle mac n’ cheese with parmesan and piled onto a brioche roll. From there, it’s topped with crunchy bread crumbs and thyme.

6. Cheesie's Pub & Grub

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958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 388-1574
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“The Mac”Grilled cheese is almost the cousin of mac n’ cheese, so Cheesie’s combining the two makes perfect sense. The sandwich is filled with homemade macaroni and cheese, American cheese and Merkt’s cheddar cheese.

7. Lockdown Bar & Grill

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1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 451-5625
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Make your own mac. But don’t expect traditional ingredients. Add things like cucumber, Manny’s Corned Beef, brie, peanut butter, caramelized banana, cranberry compote and chevre.

8. Rockit Bar & Grill

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22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 645-6000
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“Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese”People love mac. People love buffalo wings. Check out this Buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese with four cheeses, including buttermilk blue cheese, buffalo sauce and chives.

9. Aberdeen Tap

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440 N Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-3845
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“Fried Mac & Cheese Squares”A mixture of cheeses is added to these handmade mac n’ cheese squares. Then they’re breaded in crispy panko bread crumbs, fried and served with ranch and marinara.

10. Handlebar

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2311 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-9546
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“Chili Mac Attack!”Smoked gouda mac n’ cheese swims in spicy veggie chili, aged cheddar, sour cream, pickled jalapenos and topped with crispy tortilla crisps.

11. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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“Mac n’ Cheese”Well of course Boka isn’t going to do a plain mac n’ cheese. They’ve added an unexpected ingredient – edamame. It’s completed with truffle oil bread crumbs.

12. Stanley's Kitchen & Tap

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1970 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-0007
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“Mac & Cheese Fritters”These mac snacks are bite-sized and served with giardinara remoulade.

13. GT Fish and Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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“Mac and Cheese”What’s better than mac n’ cheese? Mac n’ cheese with lobster. And English peas.

14. The Fifty/50

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2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5050
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“The Four-Courser”This appropriately-named sandwich consists of applewood smoked pulled pork shoulder, deep-fried jalapenos, sweet potato chips, a mac n’ cheese waffle and barbecue sauce loaded onto a pretzel bun. Wow.

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1. Dimo's Pizza

3463 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

“The Mac Pizza”Instead of pepperoni and sausage, the toppings for this pizza are macaroni noodles and cheddar cheese with a homemade crème fraiche base. No wonder it’s Dimo’s most popular pizza slice.

3463 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

2. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

“Mac & Cheese #2”Charred balsamic red onions make this more complex but the gruyere and smoked bacon shine through, too.

2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Hamburger Mary's

5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

“Loaded Mac-N-Cheese”When a name like “loaded”, it shouldn’t disappoint. Mac n’ cheese is loaded with red onions, red peppers, diced tomatoes, green peas, diced ham, and topped with crispy onion straws.

5400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Fountainhead

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

“Mac &Cheese”The classic dish gets a sophisticated makeover with smoked gouda, butterkase, duck confit, bacon crumbles and toasted bread crumbs.

1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Franks 'N' Dawgs

1863 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

“Truffle Mac n’ Cheese Dog”Bratwurst sausage is topped with decadent truffle mac n’ cheese with parmesan and piled onto a brioche roll. From there, it’s topped with crunchy bread crumbs and thyme.

1863 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Cheesie's Pub & Grub

958 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

“The Mac”Grilled cheese is almost the cousin of mac n’ cheese, so Cheesie’s combining the two makes perfect sense. The sandwich is filled with homemade macaroni and cheese, American cheese and Merkt’s cheddar cheese.

958 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Lockdown Bar & Grill

1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Make your own mac. But don’t expect traditional ingredients. Add things like cucumber, Manny’s Corned Beef, brie, peanut butter, caramelized banana, cranberry compote and chevre.

1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

“Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese”People love mac. People love buffalo wings. Check out this Buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese with four cheeses, including buttermilk blue cheese, buffalo sauce and chives.

22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. Aberdeen Tap

440 N Aberdeen St, Chicago, IL 60642

“Fried Mac & Cheese Squares”A mixture of cheeses is added to these handmade mac n’ cheese squares. Then they’re breaded in crispy panko bread crumbs, fried and served with ranch and marinara.

440 N Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60642

10. Handlebar

2311 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

“Chili Mac Attack!”Smoked gouda mac n’ cheese swims in spicy veggie chili, aged cheddar, sour cream, pickled jalapenos and topped with crispy tortilla crisps.

2311 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614

“Mac n’ Cheese”Well of course Boka isn’t going to do a plain mac n’ cheese. They’ve added an unexpected ingredient – edamame. It’s completed with truffle oil bread crumbs.

1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Stanley's Kitchen & Tap

1970 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

“Mac & Cheese Fritters”These mac snacks are bite-sized and served with giardinara remoulade.

1970 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

13. GT Fish and Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

“Mac and Cheese”What’s better than mac n’ cheese? Mac n’ cheese with lobster. And English peas.

531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

“The Four-Courser”This appropriately-named sandwich consists of applewood smoked pulled pork shoulder, deep-fried jalapenos, sweet potato chips, a mac n’ cheese waffle and barbecue sauce loaded onto a pretzel bun. Wow.

2047 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

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