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Jan 3, 2009 12:29 PM

Best Mac & Cheese

So we've covered the best burgers, best sandwiches and best pizzas quite well, but for winter nothing beats M&C! In your opinion, who has the best mac & cheese in town? I am obsessed with anrheim's lobster mac & cheese and am also a fan of Bukowski's broccoli version.

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  1. For my money the Mac & Cheese at the Publik House is the best. Add some sausage and a few Bear Racer #5's great meal.

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    1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

      I second the Publick house, it is a bit mild on it's own but with some caramelized onions and mushrooms the mac and cheese is to die for! I will admit that it has come out a bit on the dry side from time to time, but last snowstorm I went down there and it was fabulous! I think the high volume of people ordering comfort food ensured that it was fresh and gooey.
      On the other hand, Roadhouse's mac and chee was generic and uninspired.

      1. re: NoAddedSweetener

        Fully agreed, though the Roadhouse's is just a side dish isn't it? I like the PH version with mushrooms, spinach and scallops. The habanero tuna sounds like it might be good but I got virtually none in there when I ordered. Just a few flakes of canned tuna, it seemed. For $3 as a topping, that was poor -- but the scallops, at the same price, work well.

      2. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

        While I find Boston Magazine more the voice of the suburbs and not a pantheon of culinary critique, I thought I'd mention that the December 2009 issue, released today, they call Publik House's macaroni & cheese the best.

        I have yet to enjoy it, but the accompanying photo is enticing.

      3. I have yet to try it myself, but I hear that Zon's in JP has some of the best mac n cheese in town.

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        1. re: cambridgejen

          Second Zon's. Excellent, and yes, the best I've had in Boston.

          On a side note, we just came back from Pops where I was very disappointed with the mac and cheese I ordered..recommended by the waiter but it was really just a bowl of mush. Sure, it was rich, and somewhat flavorful, but I like to actually be able to taste the individual pieces of macaroni. This version came to the table bubbling hot but it just felt like a big cheesy mess. Oh well.

          1. re: twentyoystahs

            Re/ Pops, we have eaten there a few times and quite honestly do not think that it is that good (food has been just ok). Service has always been very good though. The last time we went (@ 2 months ago), we sat in the back room (the fabric draped on the ceiling was stained with condensation from the glass ceiling (the room seemed cold). It was odd, because tthey were seating people there while the front room was just about empty. I do not think i will be going back.

            1. re: stradacouple

              I guess there's endless room for opinion. I've eaten at Pops at least once a month since it opened, and thereby you can guess I really like the food. A couple of recent menu standouts: an app of squash ravioli with a fried egg on top, pork en adobo, spicy lamb Bolognese, a really fine fish and chips (their fries are outstanding), and that mac and cheese, in which the mac is actually a light, fluffy gnocchi, the cheese sauce is terrific, and the dish is loaded with leeks and excellent smoky bacon. I also really like the sandwiches, which make for a reasonable weeknight meal: a fine burger (though I'm not in love with the roll), shrimp or oyster po' boy, pulled chicken. Some reasonable wines, and they can make good cocktails for you if you're ready to explain how (servers mix the drinks).

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I agree that the service is excellent at Pops. And I have also had some excellent dishes there --the fish n chips is a standout, the fried oyster/spinach salad is tasty, the burger is good (agree on that bun though), but that mac n cheese --one big congealed mess. It's true that the mac is a light fluffy gnocchi, but gnocchi is delicate and should be treated as such ---not broiled in an oven smothered with cheese, overcooked till it blends in with everything else. Agree that the bacon was tasty, and I suppose so was the overall concoction. Just not how I like my mac and cheese...

          2. re: cambridgejen

            Zon's is among the best, for sure, but lately there have been problems with consistency. A few times I've had it, the pasta has been way overcooked. When it's right, it's *really* right, though.

            1. re: purple bot

              Zon's has been going through some changes and has had a lot of inconsistency lately. The last time we were there, the Mac Daddy (mac & cheese with sausage) was still outstanding. They have, however, swapped out the mac & peas for mac 7 edamame - a sacrilage IMO, but I guess it must appeal to someone.

          3. The Ashmont grill does a good mac and cheese

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            1. re: stradacouple

              I second this. The Ashmont Grill's Mac and Cheese is a really good flavorful baked Mac and Cheese that's just a bit crunchy on top. Just the way I like it. On the other hand Silvertone's Mac and Cheese is not the way I like it at all. I found it to be bland and the sauce was too soupy. I had heard such great things about their Mac and Cheese and was very disappointed.

              1. re: MarsGirl

                Amen! I felt the same way about Silvertone's Mac N Cheese. Very bland tasting. Definitely not the best.

              1. re: cookiezim

                I love Silvertone's version too!

                1. re: kobuta

                  sadly, i've gotten the Mac and Cheese a couple times and it has just been on the bland bland bland side. I've had to add pepper and salt, just to bring a little life to it :( That being said, the price is pretty sweet, and it's nice it comes with a side salad!

                  1. re: mollyditty

                    Me too! I find it too bland. Not sure if they're using a super mild cheese blend in there but you can't even taste the cheese. I've always had to add salt & pepper to get some taste. It's creamy no doubt, but if I can't taste cheese, it's no good. I've given it chances so many times, but alas, it's never been that good.

              2. For lunch yesterday I had a Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese at Max & Dylans on West Street downtown. Really, really, really good. I thought it was better than Silvertone's. Other variations on the menu were:
                and Pearl Hot Dog.

                I work close by, and would occassionally go to the West Street Grill, but had no idea this place even opened and took over the space. I have mixed feelings on their decor changes, but the food we had (which also included steamed shrimp dumplings, and cheese steak spring rolls) make me anxious to return. Definitely worth checking out.

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                1. re: StevieC

                  Is this the same place that just opened in Charlestown? If so I see some lobster mac n cheese take out in my very near future...

                    1. re: heathermb

                      Yes, in the old Mezza/Copia space.

                    2. re: StevieC

                      I'm curious to know how expensive the mac n' cheese is at Max n' Dylan's? Are we talking $10, 15, 20? There are no prices on the website.

                      1. re: anais_in_waiting

                        I believe it was $12 or $13. The basic and hot dog versions were cheaper and the lobster version was a little more expensive.

                        It was the spiciness of the buffalo chicken that created a very unique taste/M&C experience.

                        1. re: StevieC

                          Went to Max and Dylans to check out StevieC's rec today. Orderer the lobster mac n'cheese ($15.00) Kitchen was really fast, it came out in less than 10 minutes. Cavetelli pasta in a cheddar sauce that was kind of thin at first, but thickened as it cooled down .(kind of reminisent of an easy-mac) Lobster meat was mostly knuckle and claw. It was tasty, but IMO still can't beat the richness of Amrhein's baked version, which is chock full of tail meat.
                          Service was quite good. They were short staffed so bartender was working the door, the lounge, the bar and helping out upstairs, but he was attentive, efficient and polite.

                        2. re: anais_in_waiting

                          Mac n Cheese is $9.50 to $15 for the lobster.

                          I haven't had the mac n cheese but I've enjoyed the meatloaf and crabcakes there.