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2006/12/08 14:42:05 (permalink)

Best place for mac and cheese

I would say the best place I've ever had Macaroni and Cheese at is Ye Old Fort Diner in Fort Edward, NY. They serve it only on Fridays and it's the house special. It's usually paired with fish in a bun but you can get anything with it,(my appetite was small today so I got a side of toast). It's creamy without being runny and the macaroni is well done but still able to hold its shape with a soft sticky mouthfeel for the dish and the taste itself is to die for. It's a blend of butter and cream and the sharp salty tang of cheddar cheese that needs no salt added to it. Finish it off with a piece of coconut custard pie and you're all set.
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    dreamzpainter
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/08 14:59:39 (permalink)
    For me 1st place is a tie between my Moms and my daughters, a distant 2nd would be Golden Corral, yes its a chain buffet type restaurant but the MacNcheese is really good!
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/08 18:08:11 (permalink)
    I've gotta vote for home. Mine isn't as good as my Mom's, but most that I've had at restaurants, even some that people really rave over, taste floury and a bit pasty in comparison, and they rarely have the crisp topping I like.

    Besides, mac and cheese, to me, is the ultimate in home-y food, and when you make it yourself you can adapt it to your mood (creamier, more savory, sharper cheese, etc.) And it freezes okay, so you can have that bonus of pulling out something rich and comforting when you need it.

    But that fish in a bun with mac does sound pretty special.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/09 05:37:51 (permalink)
    also have to vote for home. fresh bread crumbs and butter for the topping... :)
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 01:50:50 (permalink)
    The best mac and cheese I ever ate, bar none, was at Keaton's BBQ in Cleveland, NC.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 21:30:50 (permalink)
    A very good mac and cheese can be found at the icon grill in Seattle.

    Hit the link and scroll down until you reach the side dishes. There you'll see "ultimate macaroni and cheese" described. The final flourish on the presentation - molten cheese from above - almost is worth the price of admission.

    http://www.icongrill.net/food_wine.htm
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 21:35:39 (permalink)
    Hands down-my Moms.And I just cant seem to recreate it...
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/12 14:25:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by annpeeples

    Hands down-my Moms.And I just cant seem to recreate it...


    Ditto. One of the few things of hers I didn't learn to recreate. That and the fried ham.

    Barring mom making some, I love the mac & cheese at a place in Richmond, VA called (appropriately) "Comfort." It is very much like what Mom used to make. When I had my gall bladder out this summer that was one of the things I wanted during my recuperation. Blessed my brother for getting me some on his way back from Charlottesville one evening.

    Cathy
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/12 17:24:23 (permalink)
    skylar0ne-
    I can't believe I went to Keaton's and didn't try their mac and cheese! Of course, I was so dazzled by the incredible chicken, everything else was just a blur.

    The best mac and cheese I have ever had wasn't in the South, but here locally. A little place five minutes from my house has the most amazingly creamy m & c. Unfortunately, it isn't on the menu all the time and is considered one of their specials. When they do have it, I usually buy a few lbs. of it at a time, as do several of my coworkers. Their website:

    http://www.porkyssmokehouse.com/
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 11:53:30 (permalink)
    Best I can remember was at Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA. I'm sure the recipe would be in Jane & Michael's book devoted to the Inn.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 12:42:19 (permalink)
    buffetbuster-
    You definitely missed out on an incredibly delicious experience. I don't know how they do it, but I will tell you that after I had their mac and cheese, I actually CRAVED it for weeks afterward. Keaton's is about 45 minutes away from my house, and I don't drive anymore, or I would have been burning up the road to get there and have some more. Next time I go, I'm gonna see if they'll sell me a couple of pounds to take home-I bet it's even good reheated.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 13:11:54 (permalink)
    The best that I've had is my wife's, and I would say that even if I didn't have to go home with her every night! It really is great, and our sons think so, too. And I agree with those who say it's a "homey" kind of dish that restaurants don't seem to do as well.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 15:52:54 (permalink)
    skylar0ne-
    You have no idea how envious I am that you live only 45 minutes away from Keaton's! Next time I am there, I will try the mac & cheese for sure!
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/16 02:52:40 (permalink)
    The best mac and cheese I ever had was at Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette, Louisiana across from an oil refinery. The place had great food,huge portions, and served the very politically incorrectly named wop salad. It did not survive Katrina.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/16 03:37:29 (permalink)
    an unlikely place but the best mac n cheese i've ever had was at Balthazar in new york city.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/20 03:37:41 (permalink)
    I agree that the Golden Corrals in Florida have great mac and cheese. In the past year a Golden Corral has opened up here in Ohio and I was very disappointed by the quality of it's food. It wasn't at all as good as the ones I've eaten at in Fl.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/20 06:48:47 (permalink)
    There is an upscale, BBQ place in Belltown in Seattle that has a very good mac and cheese. Sorry I don't remember the name. It isn't a place Gregg eats very often.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 09:42:45 (permalink)
    I love Boston Market's Mac and Cheese yuuuuum
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 09:47:28 (permalink)
    Since Tiki was kind enough to post Patti LaBelle's Over the Rainbow Mac & Cheese recipe, the best place for mac and cheese is at my house. Thanks Tiki!! -pb
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 10:47:58 (permalink)
    Can somebody give me the link to Patti LaBelle's over the rainbow mac and cheese recipe? I tried to do a search, but came up empty handed.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 11:10:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by DoubleB

    Can somebody give me the link to Patti LaBelle's over the rainbow mac and cheese recipe? I tried to do a search, but came up empty handed.


    Patti LaBelle's Over the Rainbow Mac and Cheese

    1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 pound elbow macaroni
    8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 TBS butter
    1/2 Cup muenster cheese (2 oz), shredded
    1/2 Cup mild cheddar cheese (2 oz), shredded
    1/2 Cup sharp cheddar cheese (2 oz), shredded
    1/2 Cup Monterey jack cheese (2 oz), shredded
    2 Cups half and half
    1 Cup Velveeta (8 oz), cut into small cubes
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    2. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole.

    3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni, and cook until the macaroni is just tender, about 7 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain well. Return to the cooking pot.

    4. In a small saucepan, melt 8 Tbsps of the butter.

    5. Stir into the macaroni.


    6. In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp Cheddar, adn Monterey Jack cheeses.

    7. To the macaroni, add the half-and-half, 1 1/2 C fo the shredded cheese, the cubed Velveeta, adn the eggs.

    8. Season with salt & pepper.

    9. Transfer to the buttered casserole.

    10. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 C of shredded cheese and dot with the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter.

    11. Bake until it's bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. Serve hot.


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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 11:40:27 (permalink)
    Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks!!
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 22:26:20 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by DoubleB

    Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks!!


    In case you need a visual....



    Check this thread for other mac and cheese recipes.

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16225

    DD
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/03 17:53:45 (permalink)
    Kennedy's in Marlboro, Mass, makes a mean Mac-n-cheese.
    They even have a market where they sell their products in bulk, or sides.
    Rather expensive to purchase them though..
    You can see the large pan on the right side photo on this link.
    http://www.kennedys-pub.com/market.html
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/07 18:07:22 (permalink)
    Clarkston Union in Clarkston, Michigan
    Bow tie pasta, sharp cheddar chesse, topped with crackr crumbs and baked in a hpt oven. they have a helleuva tap list not to mention that othr food and atmosphere are good.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/08 12:00:10 (permalink)
    Just heard of a place in NYC called "SuperMac" - M&C only with varaitions on a theme. Never tried it, yet.
    Also lots of "soul food" place do great M&C. One good place is Maroons, a great Southern US/Jamaican place on W. 16 St.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/13 10:28:05 (permalink)
    Two places come to mind:

    Zon's in Jamaica Plain, MA ( http://www.zonsjp.com/index.html ) a great place for homemade "comfort food". The homemade chips & dip is great, as is the "TiltonStilton" burger. And, of course, the mac & cheese.

    Virgil's BBQ in Times Square ( http://www.virgilsbbq.com/ ). I don't eat the 'Q at Virgil's when I go, I just get an order of their BBQ wings, and a side of Mac & Cheese w/ a biscuit. That and a couple of Red Stripes are more than enough to fill my big belly. The M & C is nice & tangy, with some nice browned crust.

    John
    (Annie's White Cheddar Mac & Cheese from a box isn't too bad either)
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/16 17:49:52 (permalink)
    I was with my family at the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia on Monday. There are signs up the the Food Network is doing a taping. The kids want to see it so we sign a release and sit down.

    It turns out they are taping Dellila's famous Mac and Cheese which won on Oprah. We watch her make a batch. The next thing we know there is Bobby Flay challenging her to a "throwdown" over Mac and Cheese. I thought that show was fixed but Dellila and everyone else there knew that this was going to happen.

    We all had a blast being on the show. It was the last thing in the world we expected to do on Monday. They were 2 of the best Mac and Cheese dishes I ever had, but one was far superior. I guess I should wait for the show to air before I let you know. I agreed with the judges though.

    It was a fun experience and great for the kids to see how these shows are done.
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/24 13:55:36 (permalink)
    Ah come one... Tell us who won!
    Teaser!
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    RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/12 14:38:00 (permalink)
    Mine, at home!!!
    I'll post a recipe soon!! I PROMISE!


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