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Macaroni and Cheese tonight -San Diego

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There was a short mac and cheese strand last month, but it didn't get too comprehensive. I am going out to dinner with my sister tonight for a mac and cheese birthday fix. She goes to Cafe Chloe once a week but we want to branch out. (or should we?) Downtown, North Park, Beach, are all ok--I don't want to go up to North County. Any ideas???

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  1. They have a couple on the dinner menu at Urban Solace in North Park. One with duck and bleu cheese and one with carmelized bacon and charred tomatoes. I have not tried the duck and bleu but the other is delicious. www.urbansolace.net.

    1. The duckaroni at Urban Solace is very good.

      1. The duckaroni at Urban Solace is pretty good. It's rich, though, and you must love blue cheese to really enjoy it (I do).

        I also saw an impressive looking mac 'n cheese at Neighborhood Bar.

        It's been a few years, but the crab (?) mac 'n cheese at Chive was pretty good, too, if they still have it.

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        1. re: leanneabe

          I loved the duckaroni and completely agree with the comments on its richness. Another thing the OP should like is arugula, which comes through pretty strongly in the dish. I loved it, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

          Unfortunately, I had Chive's crab m'n'c not too long ago and it was terrible. Taste-wise, it was ok, but there was barely any crab and the sauce was runny. Mr. Geeky joked that this was basically Annie's instant m'n'c, but Annie's was actually better.

          From the rave reviews I've seen, it might have been an off night, but we're not too inclined to try it again.

          1. re: geekyfoodie

            I like Chive overall, but the crab mac n cheese isn't very good. I actually don't think it was an off night, that's just one menu item to avoid. Sorry you didn't enjoy it!

          2. re: leanneabe

            I've had the Neighborhood jalapeno mac n cheese and while it was good, I prefer the dish just up the street at Chloe

          3. C-Level at Island Prime has excellent mac and cheese with black truffles and is served with a nice mesclun salad that is big enough to share for 2..
            I like to sit outside and enjoy the view and if you catch it for happy hour, it makes for a really good deal.

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              With actual black truffle shavings or black truffle oil?

              1. re: DougOLis

                Black truffle shavings but they were more like specks but still good..

            2. I agree with all of these, and (of course!) Chloe would be my top recommendation. Gaslamp Strip Club does a really nice truffled mac and cheese - it's right up there with Urban Solace and C Level.