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LUNG NURSE 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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    dominationinc Aug 7, 2008 06:25 AM

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

    1. monkeyrotica Aug 7, 2008 07:08 AM

      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.

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

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        dcfoodie13 Aug 7, 2008 09:09 AM

        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.

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          Dennis S Oct 8, 2008 07:16 AM

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

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          scotcheroo Oct 10, 2008 08:34 AM

          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. BaltoPhilFood Aug 7, 2008 07:38 AM

          Mama's on the Half Shell and Birches

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            hotel Aug 7, 2008 07:57 AM

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

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              K8teebug Aug 7, 2008 09:38 AM

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

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              ChiGirl Aug 7, 2008 09:21 AM

              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.

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                SheriS Aug 7, 2008 11:10 AM

                Third for Mama's on the Half Shell.

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                  hotel Aug 7, 2008 11:12 AM

                  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).

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              green_chili Aug 7, 2008 11:40 AM

              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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                GyroBall Aug 7, 2008 03:21 PM

                For me, the argument begins and ends with Vidalia.

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                  Transplanted Texan Aug 8, 2008 01:04 PM

                  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.

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                  LGood Aug 8, 2008 11:05 AM

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

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                    igrowveggies Aug 12, 2008 12:15 PM

                    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.

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                  Montebello Aug 7, 2008 06:19 PM

                  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.

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                    enginerd Aug 8, 2008 12:13 PM

                    Rub in Riverside has mac & cheese available as a side that is really great. I have def gone just to get the mac & cheese before, good thing I like the rest of their food too.

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                      joettedj Aug 8, 2008 04:08 PM

                      Lobster mac at Blue Duck Tavern in DC is great!

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                        kelarry Aug 8, 2008 10:20 PM

                        Birches isn't currently serving mac & cheese. Search this board, though. There was a decent thread on this topic about a month or two ago.

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                          rudmansjmu Oct 7, 2008 06:23 PM

                          Mac and Cheese back on the menu at Birches!

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                          sharen Aug 11, 2008 12:05 AM

                          Try the Mac and Cheese at Jack's Bistro, it's great very innovative with Chocolate! Yum! The mac and cheese is also good at Fin Seafood and Steak at Admiral's Fell Inn and Meli does a Lobster Mac and Cheese with pancetta and fried onion strips! Double Yum!

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                            VAgirl Aug 12, 2008 11:01 AM

                            Just had great mac and cheese at coco sala. also, like the mac and cheese at west end bistro. both have just the right amounts of bacon in them.

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                            arugulafilesdc Aug 13, 2008 07:47 PM

                            I had great mac and cheese at KBQ BBQ in Bowie. It's not Baltimore, but it's worth a trip. Add ribs or brisket and you will be in heaven.

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                              usctrojanbrian Oct 7, 2008 12:02 PM

                              It's probably not the "best" but I really enjoy the rosemary/garlic macaroni and cheese at the best brewery in the DC/VA/Md corridor: Brewer's Art.

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                                flmx Oct 8, 2008 10:30 AM

                                Andy Thomas' fontina, cavatappi and bread crumb variant at Donna's Charles Village.....a bigtime delicious heavy hitter. I like Sobo's version, but can it truly be called mac'n'cheese? More like baked ziti. Can the real deal be made with marinara? I think not.

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                                  JRinDC Oct 10, 2008 12:32 PM

                                  Todd Grey used to do a wonderful truffle mac and cheese at Equinox.

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