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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.

              1. My house tonight. I cook chicken with bacon and then add it to the Mac.

                1. The chef at Wine Vault & Bistro makes his using Quebec vintage cheddar and Teleme cheese. Totally unique and very yummy.

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                  1. re: mimosa

                    Dined there tonight (I know this was way too late to help nessy). Just wanted to report this is one of the very top mac and cheese offerings that we have sampled in SD. More on the rest of the dinner later...let us just say that we fell in love with this place!

                  2. This doesn't help you a lot tonight, but in the future you should try making the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese from The French Laundry cookbook. The best "mac-n-cheese" I've had in my life.

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                    1. re: DougOLis

                      we did a mac-n-cheese recipe contest in December and the winner of our contest was pitted against 4 others (NYT, Cooks Illustrated, Martha and Ina) and lo and behold, the local gal's recipe won. Here's a link to the UT article with the recipe - it's awesome. Stone also put this on their menu for a week in February.

                      The link: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/fe...

                      1. re: DougOLis

                        This doesn't help for tonight either, but you could mail order yourself the mac-n-cheese from www.beechershandmadecheese.com in Seattle. Mmmmm....

                        1. re: eatemup

                          Replying to myself, I also recall seeing it in the frozen food case at Bristol Farms.

                      2. Neighborhood has a jalepeno mac and cheese that gets rants and raves.

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                        1. re: epicureous eggplant

                          Are these mac-n-cheese like a fancy version of kraft mac-n-cheese. You know, a sauce not baked like a custard. I had the mac at Sbicca and it was terrible. And I do like the restaurant. When my s.o. saw it come out, she knew I would hate it. It was this runny mess, I would rather have Stouffer's mac that that glop. I guess I want to know if these are baked custard style, with a nice gbd top, not some gussied up version of stuff I used to make as a poor student!

                          1. re: littlestevie

                            THANKS for all the suggestions! We ended up at Cafe Chloe due to car problems, but were happy to be there! I will try some of the recipes--starting with the French Laundry one. Maybe we need to organize a mac and cheese crawl to follow up on the cupcake crawl of last week. I think I better get my cholesterol levels checked first....

                        2. the mac n cheese at Mister A's is damn good

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                          1. re: ibstatguy

                            Thank's ibstatguy for the reminder on Bertrands..

                            One of the attorneys I use is in that building..
                            I just saw him in mid March..completely forgot about Bertrand's until we were already at Island Prime..wish lawyers fee's included lunch.

                            1. re: Beach Chick

                              ibstatguy..
                              Since you work in that building...do they still have Mac and Cheese on the menu at Bertrand's?
                              I recall that it is one of the best in town and I am craving some good mac n cheese.
                              Thanks!

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                I'll check and report back, I sure hope so!

                                    1. re: ibstatguy

                                      That was so sweet of you ibstatguy...Thanks!