Believe it or not, this was one of the first foods that they told me I could eat when I broke my jaw. In my Vicodin-induced haze, I remember the doctor saying “you know, you can have things like soup, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes…”
I remember my ears perking up at that thought. MAC N CHEESE YOU SAY?! Well, don’t mind if I do.
Here are some of my favorite mac n cheeses around town. I don’t have pictures of all of them, but you will take what you can get and you will like it. Also I have recently been added to TheBesty.com as a featured blogger, so you can start following my lists on there as well.
1. DuMont Burger: DuMac and Cheese. This is other worldly shit right here. Radiatore pasta (imagine if broccoli was made out of pasta…that’s how I describe radiatore), bacon, cheddar, gruyere, and parmesan cheeses. It comes out all hot and bubbly with that cheesy crust on top, and it’s just perfectly creamy, cheesy, and satisfying. True comfort food right there.
2. S’mac: Alpine or Cajun mac n cheese. I came here a few months ago and ordered the Alpine (Swiss cheese and slab bacon), and for some reason, they thought it wasn’t “cooked properly” so they gave me a whole new one for free. It was maybe one of the best days ever. The Cajun one has peppers, onions, and andouille sausage in it, which gives it a really great spicy kick. Wash it down with some Allagash beer and you’re in business.
3. Penn 6: Blue Crab Mac n Cheese. Far be it from me to eat within the 5 block radius surrounding the sinkhole that is Penn Station, but if you ARE going to eat there, Penn 6 is hands down one of the best places to go. It’s clean (important), well-designed, and really has good food and great happy hour specials. I am obsessed with their blue crab mac n cheese. I can’t go there and NOT order it. It’s sooo cheesy and creamy, that if they gave me bread on the side, I would probably dunk it in there. CARBS ON CARBS ON CARBS.
4. Bait and Hook: Dave’s Lobster Mac. Fontina and romano cheeses mixed with nice chunks of lobster, shallots and slow cooked cream. Chef Dave Martin knows what’s up in the mac n cheese department. I remember when he owned The Meatball Factory, there was a truffle mac n cheese he made that was also quite delicious. The rest of that place didn’t last, but now it has turned into Bait & Hook, where you can get things like fish n chips alongside your delicious lobster mac.
5. Westville, Mac n Cheese (and everything). I love Westville. Like, absolutely love it. Everything here is always solid. Their market sides are delicious, the fries are perfection, and the salads make me feel like I’m doing some healthy for my body, which is rare. And then on the flipside, you have mac n cheese. Theirs is SO GOOD. I’ve only seen it during lunch and brunch, but still it’s worth getting out of bed for. It is made with a smoked gouda bechamel cream sauce and studded with pieces of bacon. Also has that beautiful crust on top, which unfortunately I don’t have a picture of. But you can google image it here and drool.
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In the meantime…
ALLLLLL THE MAC N CHEESE