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Jelly Belly Jul 17, 2009 12:33 PM

Ever since Mirabelle (Yonge south of Eglinton),closed it's doors, I have been searching for a mac and cheese that compares to theirs. It was rich, cheesey and slightly runny - heavenly comfort food.

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    Gary Jul 17, 2009 01:04 PM

    Try Weezie's and Harlem. I don't know if the styles are identical to what you had at Mirabella, but both have received rave reviews. At Harlem the mac & cheese is actually a side, but their portions are generous and everything else on the menu is great, too.

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    Weezie's
    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

    Harlem
    67 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C1N9, CA

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      Sooeygun Jul 18, 2009 08:00 AM

      After all the raves, I was a little underwhelmed by the mac and cheese at Weezie's. Taste-wise it was good, but it kind of dry. I like my mac and cheese a little runny.

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        drjolt Jul 20, 2009 10:15 AM

        I agree. I was disappointed with Weezie's m&c - found it to be very greasy and also "dry" - needed a creamier element, particularly to offset the really strong cheeses they use (which I liked, but felt were unbalanced).

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        lily.violet Jul 21, 2009 10:13 AM

        I've had the mac & cheese at Harlem and found it to be really delicious! I agree with how it's a generous size for a side. I think it could have been a small meal on its own. The rest of the food there is pretty yummy too.

      3. TorontoJo Jul 17, 2009 01:17 PM

        I love the mac and cheese at Caren's wine bar. It's a bit unconventional in that it's a penne, but the cheesy, slightly runny sauce is wonderful. As an added bonus, they have an option to add pancetta (or prosciutto, can't recall which). :)

        Oh, and the bonus is their back patio is beautiful...

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          Jelly Belly Jul 17, 2009 03:58 PM

          Thanks for the great suggestions, especially about the patio as well. I can't wait to try these and report back! Maybe even tonight.

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            Ediblethoughts Jul 19, 2009 08:49 AM

            Definitely agree as per my experience last night!

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            Toronto Chower Jul 17, 2009 07:00 PM

            The mac and cheese at the Drake is great, but not sure if it is what you're looking for. Definitely going for more trendy than homestyle, but cheesy and tasty none the less.

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              mlukan Jul 18, 2009 08:09 AM

              The only problem I have with the Drakes Mac and cheese is that they do not use macaroni. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but a mac and cheese must use macaroni noodles and not noodles that don't even resemble macaroni. Kinda like serving spaghetti and meatballs using linguine, its a different experience.

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              Toronto Fastfoodie Jul 17, 2009 07:09 PM

              Not fancy or high end but the mac n cheese at united dairy restaurant at the corner of Bathurst and Lawrence and the pasta w/ cheese sauce at marcello's on st. claire are both amazing! I have had it at harlem & prefer these. In fact at United Dairy, I always order my daughter the larger portion knowing she won't finish it and oops! guess I gotta eat it....

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                Negaduck Jul 18, 2009 09:07 PM

                Try the one at Fran's.

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                  pearlD Jul 19, 2009 08:04 AM

                  I think some of you chowhounds will wonder if I've lost it.........but.......don't sneer...I LOVE the Mac & Cheese at the 'hot counter's' at Metro (usually Bloor & Spadina) or Sobey's (Shaw & Dupont)!...There is a trick however...get there just BEFORE noon when it's at its best ..slightly runny and freshly made (I don't even know if they make it in store 'tho, but I don't care). It is 'awesome', fills that comfort food niche to a T!!!
                  Do NOT buy it later in the day because it gets really dried out (don't think the staff ever stirs it). You might like it ..it's not 'gourmet' by any stretch but it is really tasty....

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                    Jelly Belly Jul 22, 2009 02:41 PM

                    I've been desparate but unable to get downtown so tried to get some of the mac and cheese at the Metro at Bayview and Eglinton. No luck they didn't have any at the "hot counter there" Sounded great though. Thanks for the suggestion

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                      Jelly Belly Aug 27, 2009 10:37 AM

                      I did finally try some of the mac and cheese form the metro. Prettty creamy and soothing for the soul in a pinch. I wish there was some crispy topping to it and not just more melted cheese. In my homemade version I acutally buy the fresh cheese bread that is made at the metro and make breadcrumbs out of it to top off my mac and cheese dish. That would make it perfect

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                    paulcol Jul 20, 2009 01:11 PM

                    personally I always use President's choice frozen Mac and cheese. It's just as good as my moms. She agrees with me, so she started buying it instead of making it.
                    I also have enjoyed great Mac & cheese from the Metro store at the Eglinton Centre.

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                      foxymoron Jul 21, 2009 10:44 AM

                      I gotta second (third?) the recommendation for Harlem's mac and cheese. I've also enjoyed the one that Mitzi's Sister offers. There's a bit of blue in there so it may not be for everyone.

                      1. mainja Jul 22, 2009 05:55 PM

                        I have loved the Mac and Cheese at the Senator.

                        A word of warning about Weezie's, there's meat in it. I also happen to think it's delicious, but the listing in the menu didn't mention that there was meat in it, and my partner is a vegetarian, so it was a challenge. Although, I did get the sense that they were going to fix the oversight in their menu, in case they haven't yet I thought I'd pass it on...

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                          hautecocoa Jul 22, 2009 09:17 PM

                          Got some from The Pantry (College and Rusholme) a few weeks back and really enjoyed it. Loved the panko topping as it provided a great texture contrast to the rich, creamy noodles.

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                            torontochris Jul 28, 2009 06:05 AM

                            greenjeans in the eaton centre has surprisingly good mac and cheese. creamy and with a hint of onion, very pleasant, and cheap, like 3 bucks for a small bowl.

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                              Ediblethoughts Jul 28, 2009 06:50 AM

                              I agree. I tried that probably a year ago but I recall it was quite tasty.

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                                torontochris Jul 28, 2009 06:59 AM

                                surprising i know, i'm glad someone seconded that so people will try it.

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                                  Ediblethoughts Aug 19, 2009 05:36 PM

                                  And after just trying the one at Harlem today, I think I prefer both Caren's and Green Jean's. Harlem's isn't bad; it's just not cheesy enough for me.

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                              bittermu Aug 27, 2009 12:27 PM

                              If you're out in the east end, try should The Auld Spot on Danforth @ Chester. The mac 'n cheese au gratin is fantastic on its own, better when with crab or bacon (or both!) and best w/ a side of Apricot Wheat.

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                              Auld Spot
                              347 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

                              1. rosieintoronto Aug 24, 2013 05:14 PM

                                I am always searching for amazing mac and cheese. I dream about it :)

                                Had some super decadent treats at Mac & Cheesery at the CNE the other night... no cronut burger, no problem!

                                http://bit.ly/158nkSe

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                                  MeMeMe Aug 25, 2013 07:39 PM

                                  Love the Mac and Cheese at:

                                  - ValueMart in Manulife (not kidding)
                                  - The Rushton
                                  - United Bakers (only if it's hot)

                                  ....but the award goes to The Gabardine. I could eat that every day (and probably die in the process).

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                                    h3llbringer Aug 26, 2013 02:04 PM

                                    I second that award to The Gabardine.

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