Q’s Billiard Club’s Mac & Cheese

I don’t ever have very high expectations when ordering “gourmet” mac and cheese at bars. This proved to be a good approach when ordering Q’s macaroni and cheese, because had I ordered it expecting an exceptional dish, I would have been gravely disappointed. The waitress told us it was good, but I sensed a bitContinue reading “Q’s Billiard Club’s Mac & Cheese”

Slocums Grill & Bar’s Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

I’m going to start this mac ‘n’ cheese review with a disclaimer that Slocums Grill & Bar’s Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is definitely not for anyone with even the slightest lactose intolerance. And for different reasons than Bar | Kitchen’s dish, this is not for the faint of heart. It is probably the cheesiestContinue reading “Slocums Grill & Bar’s Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese”

Bar | Kitchen’s Mac & Cheese

This mac and cheese is not for the faint of heart. I dipped my spoon in for the first bite, but stopped short when I realized I hadn’t taken a picture yet (nerd alert!). I quickly licked the spoon off before I set it aside and immediately found my mouth burning from the roasted jalapeños,Continue reading “Bar | Kitchen’s Mac & Cheese”

The Ore House’s Jalapeño Bacon Mac & Cheese

A black sign with “Jalapeño Bacon Mac & Cheese” written in chalk drew my friend and me into The Ore House in Vail Village on a Sunday night. It was pretty late, so we were surprised to find a place serving food, let alone food that seemed far from standard bar fare. What’s more, theContinue reading “The Ore House’s Jalapeño Bacon Mac & Cheese”

West 4th and Jane’s Spaetzle Mac and Cheese

I can’t emphasize enough how important the actual dish is to a good macaroni and cheese. Some restaurants, like West 4th and Jane and a few others I’ve reviewed, take this into consideration and do the nostalgic, now-gourmet dish right. The Spaetzle Mac and Cheese is listed under the “Share Plates” section of the gastro pub’sContinue reading “West 4th and Jane’s Spaetzle Mac and Cheese”

Tantalum’s Truffle Mac n’ Cheez

When we ended up at Tantalum in Long Beach, it wasn’t with plans to eat at the “exotic dining” waterfront restaurant. And even more so, it wasn’t with intentions of eating macaroni and cheese. When I visited the marina-side restaurant’s website earlier in the day, it was in search of a venue with music and dancingContinue reading “Tantalum’s Truffle Mac n’ Cheez”

The Penthouse’s Macaroni & Cheese

The idea for this blog came about from the trend toward comfort foods, just with a gourmet twist. So most of the mac ‘n’ cheese dishes I reviewed were either gourmet plates or the main offering of a pasta-focused restaurant (like at Mac & Cheeza). But the Macaroni & Cheese I’ve heard so much aboutContinue reading “The Penthouse’s Macaroni & Cheese”

The Misfit’s Baked Mac + Cheese

Before I knew The Misfit served gourmet macaroni and cheese, I really wanted to go there because it was “the new” restaurant-bar in Santa Monica and everyone only had good things to say about it. When my friend told me we were going there to start of her bachelorette party, I was stoked, and scouredContinue reading “The Misfit’s Baked Mac + Cheese”

Mac & Cheeza’s Macaroni and Cheese

Unlike all the other restaurants I’ve reviewed, Mac & Cheeza, which has a location in downtown Los Angeles and Bakersfield, doesn’t have a fancy name for its signature dish. Maybe it’s because the owner didn’t want to fall into the trend of leading customers on with snazzy “gourmet” names. Maybe it’s because a single nameContinue reading “Mac & Cheeza’s Macaroni and Cheese”

The Grilled Cheese Truck’s Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich

The last gourmet macaroni and cheese I sampled brings to mind two of my favorite TV shows as a kid… I used to watch Full House religiously every afternoon with my sister, and there’s one episode that stands out as a favorite. Little Michelle is trying to earn her Girl Scout cooking badge and UncleContinue reading “The Grilled Cheese Truck’s Cheesy Mac and Rib Sandwich”