Best place for mac and cheese

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funnygirl38
Junior Burger
2006/12/08 14:42:05
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.
dreamzpainter
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/08 14:59:39
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!
Ashphalt
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/08 18:08:11
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.
marzsit
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/09 05:37:51
also have to vote for home. fresh bread crumbs and butter for the topping... :)
skylar0ne
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 01:50:50
The best mac and cheese I ever ate, bar none, was at Keaton's BBQ in Cleveland, NC.
CoastFan
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 21:30:50
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
ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/11 21:35:39
Hands down-my Moms.And I just cant seem to recreate it...
Williamsburger
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/12 14:25:53
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
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/12 17:24:23
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/
signman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 11:53:30
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.
skylar0ne
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 12:42:19
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.
rbpalmer
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 13:11:54
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.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/13 15:52:54
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!
mr chips
Filet Mignon
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/16 02:52:40
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.
pmrkr2
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/16 03:37:29
an unlikely place but the best mac n cheese i've ever had was at Balthazar in new york city.
ashd8516
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/20 03:37:41
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.
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2006/12/20 06:48:47
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.
BabyMama
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 09:42:45
I love Boston Market's Mac and Cheese yuuuuum
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 09:47:28
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
DoubleB
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 10:47:58
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.
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 11:10:26
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.


DoubleB
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 11:40:27
Ask and ye shall receive! Thanks!!
desertdog
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/01 22:26:20
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
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/03 17:53:45
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
trbeer
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/07 18:07:22
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.
NYNM
Filet Mignon
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/08 12:00:10
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.
TwoJays
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/13 10:28:05
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)
db1105
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/16 17:49:52
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.
roossy90
Sirloin
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/01/24 13:55:36
Ah come one... Tell us who won!
Teaser!
boyardee65
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/12 14:38:00
Mine, at home!!!
I'll post a recipe soon!! I PROMISE!


David O.
desertdog
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/12 23:36:25
quote:
Originally posted by boyardee65

Mine, at home!!!
I'll post a recipe soon!! I PROMISE!


David O.


Bring it on! I'm hooked on Pattie's, but I am willing to try worthy alternatives....


Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/12 23:54:39
There's a place in Manhattan called S'Mac on E12th, just about right next door to Una Pizza Napolitana. I don't think it's the best place for mac and cheese, but it's certainly the only restaurant I've ever seen that ONLY serves mac and cheese. It's a kitchy little place, all decked out in yellow and orange. They have a bunch of variables, including "cheesebureger" (ground beef and cheddar), "Cajun" (Pepper Jack cheese, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic) and a bunch of different variety of cheeses (goat, brie, manchego, etc...).

I had the "Swiss Mac" with gruyere and slab bacon. The cheesiness was great, but the bacon tasted like little burnt pencil erasers.

It was fun to try once, but I see no need to return.
genewj
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/18 08:10:37
My wife,Mary makes our Macaroni and Cheese and our customers have always raved about it..That is through 3 Fine food restaurants and one Diner..
Now we are serving MEALS to Blacks and Hispanics on the edge of their turf..Items such as collard greens, corn bread,Black eyed Peas, Lima Beans and Hocks..Last but not least Macaroni and Cheese,
We keep doubling up on it every week and still it goes even before the Greens and I had one customer tell me" for a white boy! U sure know GREENS" and still Mary's Macaroni and Cheese is Number 1.
Bob in Cary
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/21 15:50:15
Joyce and Family in Fuqua-Varina has great southern food and fantastic mac and cheese.

http://www.joyceandfamilyrestaurant.com/
efuery
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/21 15:59:39
quote:
Originally posted by db1105

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.


I saw this on Food Network over the weekend! Bobby Flay won. His had more flavor according to the judges. He used more herbs and had meat in his (pancetta maybe - I can't remember). Delilah said adding meat makes it a casserole and not TRUE mac and cheese.
dannybotz
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/21 16:18:24
quote:
Originally posted by Pigiron

There's a place in Manhattan called S'Mac on E12th, just about right next door to Una Pizza Napolitana. I don't think it's the best place for mac and cheese, but it's certainly the only restaurant I've ever seen that ONLY serves mac and cheese. It's a kitchy little place, all decked out in yellow and orange. They have a bunch of variables, including "cheesebureger" (ground beef and cheddar), "Cajun" (Pepper Jack cheese, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic) and a bunch of different variety of cheeses (goat, brie, manchego, etc...).

I had the "Swiss Mac" with gruyere and slab bacon. The cheesiness was great, but the bacon tasted like little burnt pencil erasers.

It was fun to try once, but I see no need to return.

that place is called Saritas mac N cheese!! last time my wife and I went to Una Pizza, we came out and there was a line around the block to get in that joint!! lots of college kids. We def want to try it!
booboobirdie
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/21 16:38:56

Mac and Cheese Carbonara Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay
See this recipe on air Tuesday Mar. 27 at 9:30 PM ET/PT.

Show: Throwdown with Bobby Flay
Episode: Mac 'n' Cheese





1 tablespoon olive oil
1-inch thick piece pancetta, cut into small dice
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 to 7 cups whole milk, heated
4 large egg yolks, lightly whisked
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups freshly grated Asiago cheese, plus more for the top
1 1/2 cups Irish white Cheddar, plus more for the top
1 1/2 cups Mountain Valley Cheddar, plus more for the top
1 cup grated Fontina cheese, plus more for the top
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, plus more for the top
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked just under al dente
1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 3 quart baking dish and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

Add the garlic to the pan and cook until lightly golden brown. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in 6 cups of the hot milk, increase the heat to high and cook, whisking constantly until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the thyme, cayenne, and all of the cheese until completely melted, season with salt and pepper. If the mixture appears too thick, add some of the remaining milk 1/4 cup at a time.

Place the cooked macaroni in a large bowl, add the cheese sauce, reserved pancetta and parsley and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Combine together additional Asiago, Cheddars, Fontina, and Parmesan in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top of the macaroni. Bake in the oven until heated through and the top is lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.



efuery
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/03/21 16:59:42
Bobby's written recipe failed to mention tempering the egg yolks before adding them as he specified on the show. He said to whisk a little of the hot milk mixture into the eggs before pouing it all in. Otherwise the eggs might cook on you.
booboobirdie
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/04/17 15:35:20
Well, this past weekend was ideal for staying in and cooking, with the 8 inches of rain we got here in CT. I purchased the ingredients for Booby Flay's Mac & Cheese (about $63.00 total) and spent the better part of Sunday morning shredding cheese and metally preparing to be WOWED. Not so much. It was good, don't get me wrong. But SO not worth the $$ and the work. And if you're not a fan of the "stinkier cheeses", as some of my friends are not, this may have just a bit too much stink for you.
jewelrygirl
Junior Burger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/05/04 11:15:30
Though I rarely eat it, Mac and Cheese is one of my faves...IMO, best Mac and Cheese can be found at...
B SMITH'S...both in NY and DC
HOME...in NY
HIBISCUS...Dallas
Special mention...ICON GRILL...Seattle..(liked the decor more than the mac and cheese, though)
Very Special Mention...my house, when I make the Patti LaBelle version
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/05/29 10:46:35
If you are ever in the Akron area, you should try the macaroni and cheese at Beside the Point Cafe in the gourmet supermarket, West Point Market. Instead of macaroni, they use penne pasta. They also use a nice white cheddar cheese and had three little sausage meatballs. Absolutely delicious!
hatteras04
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/05/29 13:11:50
In Chicago, I like Cullen's on Southport for Mac and Cheese. Good Irish bar with good food.
unabashed
Cheeseburger
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/07/03 02:08:50
My GRANDMAS , MY MOTHERS MINE BOTH MY BROTHERS MAKE GOOD M/C
HELL I LIKE A BOX OF KRAFT....
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Best place for mac and cheese 2007/07/26 14:18:01
skylar0ne-
Just wanted to let you know that I made it to Keaton's a few weeks ago and made sure I tried the mac & cheese. It was excellent! I was surprised to see it came in little rectangles and was a really nice compliment to the bbq flavor of the chicken.

Thanks for the tip!