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Great mac n cheese in pasadena/sgv/LA area?

any recs?? i like mastro's mac n cheese, but that's in costa mesa.

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  1. I'm sure you mean what sit down restaurants have it but I love Whole Foods mac n cheese. I keep it in the fridge most of the time for my 8 year old. Don't buy the stuff in the cold case. For some reason, it tastes way different from the hot case.

    1. Smitty's Grill. www.smittysgrill.com

      For something a bit different, try the mac n cheese balls at Larkin's. www.larkinsjoint.com

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      1. Magnolia, on Lake, serves an excellent version.

        1. I love the panko-breaded mac and cheese at redwhite+bluezz

          1. Still crazy for the spicy mac and cheese at Fred 83.

            Linking ...

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            Fred 62
            1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

            Whole Foods Market
            4520 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

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            1. re: maxzook

              More ...

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              Smitty's Grill
              110 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

              1. re: maxzook

                second that fred 62 mac n cheese - very memorable for some reason

                1. re: maxzook

                  Non-CHOW places aren't linking ...

                  Magnolia Lounge
                  492 S Lake Ave,.
                  Pasadena, CA
                  http://www.magnoliaonlake.com/

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                  Red White & Bluezz
                  70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

                    1. re: wutzizname

                      83 is how many times you have to visit before you get good service.

                      1. re: benoswald

                        I would have agreed on the service issue, but since Mr. Eric is gone, they have really improved! I got dragged their several months ago, kicking and screaming, I was surprised, been back 3 times since. I was there last friday, had a great meal and excellent service!

                  1. if you are ever forced to dine at redrobin for work or something, the mac is decent there.
                    it can be had with or with out bacon/chicken. best part is the breadcrumbs and goat cheese bits. Formosa cafe's mac is tiny and pricey but yummy with lobster, truffles & crunchy baked top.

                    1. i like the mac & cheese at luna park (w/out the ham, though) and fleming's steak house serves a good version, as well.

                      1. Mimosa.

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                        Mimosa Restaurant
                        8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                        1. Pretty exhaustive thread on this subject here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387010

                          1. As is mentioned here: Smittys serves a pretty good Mac and Cheese but it used to be much better. In years past is was much creamier and with a richer texture than what we see today. The pasta has also changed from the larger tubular noodle to the more traditional macarroni shape but its lost something in translation.

                            I dont think they are developing their flour base long enough or possibly they arent using one at all. Cant say, its just not as rich as it used to be. The smoked ham contained within is still a stand out though.

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                            1. re: thomtompkins

                              Roscoe's can be hit or miss. When it is a hit, it's delicious.