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Aug 6, 2008 08:36 PM


Who/Where in baltimore is the best place to get Macaroni and Cheese? Let me know

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  1. I think that Rocklands (rib joint) has some pretty great mac and cheese.

    1. Have not had any memorable mac and cheeses in Baltimore.

      For anyone interested in DC, here are my observations:

      The Diner: made with gruyere, usually pretty dry, not one of my favorites.

      Hank's Oyster Bar: made with gouda, runny, milky, oily bread crumbs on top, with a gummy mouth feel. At $5 a plate, I pass.

      Horace & Dickies: runny again (I think they use too much butter), plain cheddar. Edible but unremarkable.

      Georgia Browns: overly salty. Good texture and consistency, but not cheap.

      Ooohs and Aaahs: getting better, but still hit-or-miss. I've had it perfectly rich and creamy; I've also had it dry and past its prime.

      Levi's Port Cafe: personal gold standard: rich, creamy, a mix of cheeses (probably Velveeta or American with a blend of cheddar and swiss with eggs as a binding agent), high moisture content (probably milk), excellent mouth feel. A layer of crisp cheese on top for that all important creme brulee crunch. Bulletproof and consistent from meal to meal.

      Levis Port Cafe
      1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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      1. re: monkeyrotica

        In DC, I really enjoyed the macaroni and cheese side dish at Bistro Bis but I think they use another shaped pasta than macaroni...

        In NOVA, the best I've had is at Eat Bar - a mini appetizer of macaroni and cheese which always has another ingredient, like pancetta or jalapeno.

        1. re: dcfoodie13

          Also in NOVA, but Jackson's, the latest GAR outpost has some really good M&C. Overall I'm nonplussed with the menu.

        2. re: monkeyrotica

          I agree 100% with Levi's. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their mac and cheese. However, my thighs can only handle it once or twice a year.

        3. Mama's on the Half Shell and Birches

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          1. re: BaltoPhilFood

            I second Mama's on the Half Shell, and addSobo Cafe. I will be trying Clementine's this weekend as well.

            1. re: hotel

              Birches has great mac and cheese. The Waterfront also has a fairly decent one.

            2. re: BaltoPhilFood

              I second Birches. Best mac and cheese I have had in a long long time!

              I would also add Christopher Daniel in Timonium -- they have a lobster mac and cheese that's to die for! I know it's a side -- not sure if if's an entree as well.

              1. re: ChiGirl

                Third for Mama's on the Half Shell.

                1. re: SheriS

                  I just remembered I had a lobster mac and cheese at IXIA a while back that was really great, but extremely expensive (as with everything else at IXIA).

            3. SoBo Cafe is the best I've had in the area (Good in NYC is the best ever). You can make better at home, though. Use multiple kinds of cheese and add something special (like bacon).

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              1. re: green_chili

                For me, the argument begins and ends with Vidalia.

                1. re: GyroBall

                  You're right, GyroBall! Best Mac and cheese anywhere is Vidalia. It's a revelation. The mac and cheese at Flemings is my second favoriate. I also enjoy Mama's and Oohs and Aahs.

                2. re: green_chili

                  SoBo and The Wine Market. Two very different ideas, both very good.

                  1. re: LGood

                    ditto ditto and more ditto. I dream of mac & cheese from the Wine Market. The trick, I've been told, is truffle oil, really, really sharp white cheddar, heaps of butter, and, my favorite, the scallions on top.

                3. Clementine's on Harford Road. A massive meal in itself, chunks of tomato. About as far from Kraft's box mac as one can get.