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Mac & Cheese - Calgary

electroleum Jul 22, 2009 01:55 PM

So, I was just talking to a co-worker, and it turns out that her absolute hands-down favourite meal is Macaroni & Cheese.

Because I'm absolutely bored to tears right now, I figured I'd hop on Chowhound and see if anyone happens to know of places in Calgary that serve a mean Mac & Cheese.

So, has anyone got some recommendations for me? :)

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    Dan G Jul 22, 2009 02:08 PM

    Farm. It's yummy.

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      jsfoodchat Jul 22, 2009 07:22 PM

      I second this... but then again it IS a Cheese shop... it should be the best.

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        sweeterpea Jul 23, 2009 05:35 AM

        I third Farm. The yummiest.

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          bigfellow Aug 14, 2009 03:55 PM


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        John Manzo Sep 28, 2009 08:28 PM

        Finally discovered it this summer- fanfreakingtastic.

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        ylo Jul 22, 2009 02:45 PM

        Avenue Diner

        1. maplesugar Jul 22, 2009 03:06 PM

          North Sea Fish Market at Willow Park has takeaway lobster mac 'n cheese. Yum :)

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            irishgirl Jul 22, 2009 04:51 PM

            I second Avenue Diner, it's divine. The mac & cheese at Bumpy's looked good the last time I was there, mus =t try next time.

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              alley Jul 22, 2009 07:25 PM

              Get serious. Farm.

              1. John Manzo Jul 22, 2009 10:13 PM

                lobster mac at Brava is great.

                1. Major_9000 Jul 23, 2009 06:13 PM

                  Diner Deluxe has a great baked Mac and Cheese with sundried tomatoes...my wife thinks its a bit too greasy but I keep telling her, thats the flavour!

                  1. AriaDream Jul 23, 2009 06:48 PM

                    I had really great lobster mac and cheese at the Metropolitan grill... but I think Farm MUST have great mac and cheese. ^_^ I've been meaning to go there.

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                      1985elyse Mar 7, 2011 09:47 AM

                      I agree I really like the lobster mac and cheese at the Met. Mmmm creamy gruyere sauce!

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                      cupcake18 Aug 14, 2009 03:51 PM

                      Fresh Kitchen, in Altadore, has great mac'n'cheese to take home

                      1. Jasz Aug 14, 2009 10:27 PM

                        The one my friend had at Palomino looked quite yummy.

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                          m.j.rekot Sep 28, 2009 06:00 PM

                          The Altadore on 16 St. S. W. has the best Mac & Cheese, check them out.

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                            maplesugar Sep 28, 2009 06:13 PM

                            The Altadore looks brand new, and so are you welcome m.j. rekot - so what makes The Altadore's Mac&Cheese so spectacular??

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                              cleopatra999 Sep 29, 2009 09:11 AM

                              I will admit I have not tried any of these other places, but I sure want to now! for a cheap quick mac and cheese, I enjoy the stuff at Good Earth.

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                            che_fan_le_mei_you Dec 30, 2009 07:41 PM

                            thought i'd bump this up as i'm visiting for the hols, and went there for lunch today. anyone know what might be in the mac'n'cheese so i can try to make a version of it at home? thanks!!!

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                              John Manzo Jan 2, 2010 11:42 AM

                              for where?

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                                che_fan_le_mei_you Jan 3, 2010 04:49 PM

                                oops, the mac & cheese at farm.

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                                  John Manzo Jan 3, 2010 09:17 PM

                                  ah- well one key ingredient is cayenne!

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                                Dan G Jan 3, 2010 09:37 PM

                                there's an early version of Janice Beaton's mac & cheese recipe on the web (google it, its on the Canadian Living website...). One difference is that the recipe on the web only has 2 cheeses, whereas someone at Farm told me they are using 3: oka, gruyere or gouda, and aged cheddar. I make it quite often and using varying proportions of these and it works out well.

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                                  che_fan_le_mei_you Jan 8, 2010 08:07 PM

                                  aha! cayenne! i'll have fun experimenting with the cheeses. thank you.

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                                    clouie Mar 1, 2011 06:34 AM

                                    I found the macaroni and cheese recipe via Canadian Living website. I used three cheeses, gouda, aged white cheddar and havarti. I used three cups instead of two cups of cheese. Wow! Fantastic.

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                                  hungryneko Dec 31, 2009 10:38 AM

                                  Avenue Diner and Farm

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                                    electricsugar Jan 2, 2010 03:09 PM

                                    I remember the Mac and Cheese and Vicious Circle being large and quite delicious.

                                    1. electroleum Jan 12, 2010 11:37 AM

                                      Well, we've tried a couple places since I initially posted this. First one was Avenue Diner, and we were quite pleased with their Mac & Cheese offering. Second trip we went to Palomino. I think our final thoughts were "not bad, not great". It's pretty much in the middle.

                                      Farm is definitely tops on the list, but it's too far away for a work lunch, so we'll have to hit it up for dinner sometime. I'm sure we'll also give Diner Delixe a try at some point as well, and I like the looks of the one on the Vicious Circle menu.

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                                        23skidoo Jan 12, 2010 01:24 PM

                                        The mac & cheese at Palomino is pretty tasty with smoked chicken or pulled pork, but it's not really mac & cheese. Instead of the requisite creamy Bechamel sauce, it's just grated cheese over noodles.

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                                          derfster Feb 3, 2010 12:33 PM

                                          Howdy! Fred. Palomino owner here. Actually, the mac is made with bleu,manchego, plus white and orange cheddar. It's made to order so bechamel is out of the question. I prefer it baked 'cause the cheese gets all burny. Yum. So we throw some cheese on top and broil it to finish it.

                                          Glad you did it though. We try hard.

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                                            electroleum Feb 4, 2010 09:32 AM

                                            I'll definitely give it a try with the pulled pork or chicken sometime. I've been meaning to come back down to try the ribs sometime (more than likely on the monday all you can eat night) :)

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                                              jsfoodchat Feb 7, 2010 04:12 PM

                                              Yes - I agree - this is very memorable Mac and Cheese. Worth the trip! The pulled pork is fantastic!

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                                                josey124 Jan 6, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                LOVE your mac&cheese! Palomino forever! :-)

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                                            somers19 Oct 25, 2010 08:22 PM

                                            If you are in Kensington try the mac and cheese at Higher Ground

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                                              makan2 Oct 26, 2010 05:35 PM

                                              Good Earth has pretty good Mac & Cheese.

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                                                John Manzo Oct 27, 2010 03:17 PM

                                                Yes- seconded, especially if you get nice amount of bread crumbs in yours. Kinda pricey but good.

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                                                23skidoo Oct 26, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                Kind of a fast-food place, but I like the mac & cheese side at Chachi's.

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                                                  hclass Jan 5, 2011 11:42 AM

                                                  Lobster Mac and Cheese at Vintage is truly a great dish.

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                                                    Roarasaur Jan 5, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                    they have lobster mac n cheese?! I always thought it was with truffles unless their menu recently changed. Gotta try that sometime. I love Vintage

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                                                      hclass Jan 20, 2011 07:56 AM

                                                      They have both.

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                                                    Backseat Food Critic Jan 8, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                    Farm all the way - only place that can compete IMHO... Rose and Crown's was good but not on the same level

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