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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.

Dimo's Pizza

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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.

DMK Burger Bar

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

Hamburger Mary's

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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.

Fountainhead

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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.

Franks 'N' Dawgs

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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.

Cheesie's Pub & Grub

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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.

Lockdown Bar & Grill

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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.

Rockit Bar & Grill

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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.

Aberdeen Tap

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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.

Handlebar

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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.

“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.

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap

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

GT Fish and Oyster

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

The Fifty/50

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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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Dimo's Pizza

“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.

DMK Burger Bar

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

Hamburger Mary's

“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.

Fountainhead

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

Franks 'N' Dawgs

“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.

Cheesie's Pub & Grub

“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.

Lockdown Bar & Grill

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.

Rockit Bar & Grill

“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.

Aberdeen Tap

“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.

Handlebar

“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.

Boka

“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.

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap

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

GT Fish and Oyster

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

The Fifty/50

“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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