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Jun 15, 2009 02:49 PM

Best Mac n Cheese in LA

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

    1. 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!

      1. 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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        1. re: DianaTakesABite

          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.

          1. re: djquinnc

            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.

            1. re: DianaTakesABite

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

              1. re: Clyde

                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.

                1. re: avivale

                  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.

          1. re: CarnivorousChloe

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

            1. re: Phurstluv

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

              And Lola's does have amazing mac and cheese.

              1. re: ExtraCheesePlease

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

                1. re: Phurstluv

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

            2. 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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              1. re: maxzook

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