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

lapchern Dec 29, 2007 07:48 PM

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

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    thomtompkins Dec 31, 2007 07:42 AM

    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
      Fru Dec 31, 2007 07:46 AM

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

    2. Servorg Dec 30, 2007 06:39 PM

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

      1. Debbie W Dec 30, 2007 04:40 PM


        Mimosa Restaurant
        8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          search_for_the_holy_gruel Dec 30, 2007 04:21 PM

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

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            fe2cruz Dec 30, 2007 12:22 PM

            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. maxzook Dec 30, 2007 02:33 AM

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

              Linking ...

              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
                maxzook Dec 30, 2007 02:35 AM

                More ...

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

                1. re: maxzook
                  paulfromla Dec 30, 2007 07:15 AM

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

                  1. re: maxzook
                    maxzook Dec 30, 2007 07:24 AM

                    Non-CHOW places aren't linking ...

                    Magnolia Lounge
                    492 S Lake Ave,.
                    Pasadena, CA

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

                    1. re: maxzook
                      wutzizname Dec 30, 2007 10:35 AM

                      Is "83" a typo or an inside joke?

                      1. re: wutzizname
                        benoswald Dec 30, 2007 11:09 AM

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

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                          Burger Boy Dec 30, 2007 03:06 PM

                          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!

                    2. SauceSupreme Dec 29, 2007 10:54 PM

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

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                        Jack Flash Dec 29, 2007 10:20 PM

                        Magnolia, on Lake, serves an excellent version.

                        1. ipsedixit Dec 29, 2007 08:37 PM

                          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. re: ipsedixit
                            RoxyGrl Dec 30, 2007 11:49 AM

                            I 2nd Smitty's

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                            Fru Dec 29, 2007 07:57 PM

                            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.

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