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Best Mac n Cheese in LA

djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 02:49 PM

I'm sure there is a thread or two in here somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. Of course, any and all new, up to date info on the subject would be welcomed. Looking to indulge in superb macaroni and cheese on Thursday night. I live in the East WeHo area, but don't mind driving a little bit for some good grub. Thanks in advance.

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    stevedi RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 02:54 PM

    The new Tavern in Brentwood has a very nice one, and you can get it to go.

    1. hyacinthgirl RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 03:03 PM

      I've tried quite a few mac n cheeses lately and I have to say, the absolute best that I have had anywhere in LA is at Lolas on Fairfax.
      Great martinis, nice bartenders and not far from you to boot!

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        DianaTakesABite RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 03:05 PM

        My favorites are Nook's version and the truffle mac at Taste in WeHo. Honorable mention to Luna Park's as well -- the only thing worth ordering on their menu IMHO.

        Nook Bistro
        11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Luna Park
        672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

        8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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          djquinnc RE: DianaTakesABite Jun 15, 2009 03:11 PM

          Awesome suggestions, Diana - thanks for the tips. I've passed by Taste a million times, but had no idea one way or the other about it.

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            DianaTakesABite RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 03:28 PM

            I'm not a huge fan of the rest of Taste's menu, but if you are going just for mac and cheese, you will leave a happy camper.

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              Clyde RE: DianaTakesABite Jun 15, 2009 03:57 PM

              i agree! the mac and cheese is great, but the rest of the menu... not as great as the mac and cheese.

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                avivale RE: Clyde Jun 16, 2009 01:22 PM

                Heh-- I think exactly the opposite. Taste's mac and cheese is too fancy for me, but I really enjoy the rest of their menu.

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                  rednyellow RE: avivale Aug 22, 2009 06:41 PM

                  I recently tried the Mac n cheese at Taste. I was not at all impressed. Didn't care at all for it. It was slightly over cooked pasta and cheese with some truffle oil. It didn't seem to have any sort of binder or connection between the pasta and the cheese like a bechamel or custard. just very oily cheese and pasta. really poor and considering the quality, very over priced.

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          CarnivorousChloe RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 03:54 PM

          Baby Blues BBQ either location.

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            Phurstluv RE: CarnivorousChloe Jun 15, 2009 04:13 PM

            Second Baby Blues, their mac & cheese is off the hook!!

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              ExtraCheesePlease RE: Phurstluv Jun 15, 2009 04:33 PM

              Everything at Baby Blues is delicious but yessss, the mac and cheese is awesome.

              And Lola's does have amazing mac and cheese.

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                Phurstluv RE: ExtraCheesePlease Jun 15, 2009 05:37 PM

                Only been to Lola's for the martinis. Will have to try it next time ;)

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                  hyacinthgirl RE: Phurstluv Jun 16, 2009 01:24 PM

                  You won't be disappointed. Be hungry when you do, it's a large plate....

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                aching RE: Phurstluv Jun 26, 2009 03:33 PM

                Third Baby Blues!!!

            2. maxzook RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 07:00 PM

              Here's a "master thread" that started last year:


              For any coherent discussion of the subject, it helps to start by defining terms. If you grew up with Stouffer's or Kraft-in-a-box, your tastes may run to pasta stirred on a stove top with a Mornay-type sauce. Or if your mother mixed hot pasta, cheese and a little milk and baked it in a casserole with breadcrumbs and butter on top (as mine did), that may be more your style. The two are different roads to the same nirvana.

              My three local faves from the above thread remain my faves today, plus a fourth relative newcomer. The results are two baked-style (#1 and #2) and two stovetop-style (#3 and #4):

              1. New to my list is the wonderful baked m&c they serve as a side to Big Mista's BBQ. One of my requirements is that the cheese actually has to taste like cheese, and it definitely does here. (NOTE: this is a catering company that makes weekly rounds to various farmer's markets and other locations, including Atwater Village on Sundays. They don't serve m&c every week or at every location).

              2. Fred 62 in Los Feliz serves my favorite local baked-style m&c, studded with chopped jalapeno but not too spicy hot. You have to dump the bowl onto the plate (no mean feat when it's just out of the oven) so that it'll cool to the point of edibility. And fight to the death to keep the busboy from taking away the "empty" bowl before you've scraped (or licked) it clean.

              3. The Kitchen in Silver Lake serves a sinfully rich appetizer-sized portion, a perfect meal matched with a salad or bruschetta caponata.

              4. I don't know why Musso and Frank's isn't better known for their mac and cheese with egg noodles. Again, it's perfect paired with a simple green salad with Italian dressing.

              Fred 62
              1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              The Kitchen
              4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

              Musso & Frank Grill
              6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

              Bigmista's Barbecue
              Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

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                waxfondler RE: maxzook Jun 15, 2009 09:05 PM

                My favorites are Baby Blues or Paddy Mac in Studio City. Paddy Mac got like 7 different kinds of Mac n Cheese.

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                Burger Boy RE: djquinnc Jun 15, 2009 09:43 PM

                Only open till 3pm but Blue Moon in DT, Sante Fe &15th is pretty good. The other one is the one I am making tonight for a friends b-day tomorrow! Chow Down!

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                  Servorg RE: Burger Boy Jun 16, 2009 06:21 AM

                  You probably meant Blue Star (and not Blue "Moon") on 15th just west of Santa Fe Avenue.

                  Blue Star
                  2200 E 15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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                    Burger Boy RE: Servorg Jun 26, 2009 01:00 PM

                    Thank You, you are right. I might go there right now!

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                  mrhooks RE: djquinnc Jun 16, 2009 10:24 AM

                  I don't eat mac & cheese often, so I can't compare it to those places already listed, but I really like the m&c at Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills. It's a baked version.

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                    woofer RE: djquinnc Jun 16, 2009 11:18 AM

                    truffle mac at taste or baby blues bbq

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                      disconform RE: djquinnc Jun 16, 2009 11:56 AM

                      Closer to the East WeHo area, I would recommend Birds on Franklin. Coming from a Southern family I am accustom to a more textured dry Mac n Cheese with strings of melting cheese pulling away from the fork. For this Birds was spot on. If you're looking for the "wet" variety, then it may not be for you.


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                        torchsong RE: djquinnc Jun 16, 2009 12:48 PM


                        They have a great Mac & Cheese with truffle oil at the Bungalow Club on Melrose, jalepenos on request.

                        1. aching RE: djquinnc Jun 26, 2009 03:35 PM

                          I really enjoyed the mac n' cheese at Corkbar in DTLA recently. During Happy Hour, it's only $5 for a very generous portion.

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                            cecilyeckardt RE: djquinnc Aug 20, 2009 06:26 PM

                            Citizen Smith's is yummy.

                            If you like it cheesy, like cheese cheese rather than creamy, the mac @ Pete's Bar and Grill downtown, 4th & Main is miraculously delicious.

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                              pigglywiggly4212 RE: djquinnc Aug 21, 2009 12:22 PM

                              There is a catering company in Pasadena that does a lot of gourmet to go food - If you order a day in advance you will get some yummy mac and cheese - not sure if their hours, but you can request to pick it up hot - I have done this and totally gorged myself in the car - Not one of my pretty days!

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                                pigglywiggly4212 RE: djquinnc Aug 21, 2009 12:23 PM

                                I forgot to tell you the name - the spot gourmet Pasadena I am pretty sure they have a website

                                1. Will Owen RE: djquinnc Aug 21, 2009 12:38 PM

                                  I grew up with both the stirred-in (as in Kraft blue box) and the cheese/bechamel kinds, and I like both of them (and cook'em both, too), and as far as I'm concerned there's no such thing as BAD mac'n'cheese. I just barely missed having Fred 62's version the other night, so I'll say that so far the best I've had was at the Pasadena Roscoe's. The quality can vary a bit, but at its best it's an amazingly rich, cheesy soufflé of a dish. One bite, and the angels sing. By the third I'm singing along. Just wish their other sides were this good.

                                  1. Professor Salt RE: djquinnc Aug 21, 2009 01:32 PM

                                    Yard House makes a good one, as does Mastro's.

                                    1. johnnyshungry RE: djquinnc Aug 21, 2009 03:37 PM


                                      guilty pleasure is store deli mac n cheese it is so greasy but hey I'm a sucker for it.
                                      pretty much agree with everyone else here but I have not met a plate of mac n cheese I did not like yet.
                                      Heading to Barbrix tonight tonight hope they have a version.

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                                        Will Owen RE: johnnyshungry Aug 21, 2009 04:26 PM

                                        "I have not met a plate of mac n cheese I did not like yet." Yup. Blue Box, school cafeteria; overdone, underdone, greasy, burnt, whatever. But I do certainly prefer the Very Good to the merely edible... the best I've had lately was at Baily's Front Street in Temecula, penne with a rich spicy cheese sauce, kinda Cheez-Wiz-like but damn good. I *WILL* be back to Fred 62 to try theirs...

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                                          Phurstluv RE: Will Owen Aug 24, 2009 08:15 PM

                                          Mr. O, I've gotta agree with you on that one. I can certainly spot better or worse versions, but I'll eat them all!!!!

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                                        SpoilMe RE: djquinnc Aug 24, 2009 08:13 PM

                                        Henry's Hat on W. Cahuenga. Mean Mac 'n Cheese. Monday's in Happy Hour and you can get for $5 between 5pm-7pm. Pasta is al dente and 7 cheeses. How can you go wrong? I dare you to find a better spot ;)

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                                          ciaolette RE: SpoilMe Aug 24, 2009 08:35 PM

                                          Curious Palate , Venice Blvd near Grandview. Small menu of good items. Excellent Mac & Cheese. They have a small cheese counter, and use awesome sharp cheddar, shell pasta, just creamy enuf, but mostly CHEESY.

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                                          Nradick RE: djquinnc Aug 24, 2009 09:01 PM

                                          I'll second the Curious Palate. Nice place to get food from on Sunday when you can walk around the corner to the Mar Vista Farmers Market and sit down and eat and listen to the DJ. And definitely agree the sharp cheese offers a nice contrast.

                                          What do people think of the fried macaroni and cheese at Boneyard Bistro on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks?

                                          1. bigtums RE: djquinnc Aug 25, 2009 10:02 AM

                                            How do the ones at "grub" stack up against the others on this list?

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                                              NooFoodie RE: djquinnc Dec 3, 2009 03:54 PM

                                              The Penthouse restaurant at the Huntley hotel in Santa Monica. Their MnC is a side dish/appetizer. $10/ mini cauldron. Their drinks are great and the ambiance is beautiful. If you can't afford a whole meal, it's definitely worth stopping by just for the Mac and views.

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