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.
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!
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.
11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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.
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.
1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4348 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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