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Oct 31, 2009 02:15 PM

Mac and Cheese in SF

Any mac and cheese that is noteworthy in the city?

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  1. Depends on what you are looking for, traditional or more upscale? If you like goat cheese in your mac, then Blue Plate has a nice rendition. Memphis Minnie's and Roadside BBQ's are more traditional. They aren't bad, but I wouldn't call them noteworthy.

    Memphis Minnie's BBQ
    576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

    Blue Plate
    3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Roadside BBQ
    3751 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

    1. Blue on Market has great, straight forward Mac N Cheese that comes in a deep, bubbling ramekin that you have to wait to cool down before you can eat it. They have add ins and different versions but my favorite is the straight up traditional one they serve.

      I am also partial to the mac n cheese at Boulevard Cafe in South San Francisco. . .super old school. . no crispy crust just elbow macaroni and lots of cheese. You can get a child's serving which is plenty. . the regular serving is giant and so rich!

      Both these restaurants are simple - nothing of note other than their version of macaroni and cheese. But please take note, I am a purist in that I like elbow macaroni and regular cheese. . .bacon, smoked cheeses, non-elbow macaroni are abominations to me.

      The only exception is the mac n cheese at BarBersQ in Napa. . they have the slightest hint of sage steeped into the bechamel. .. but it's so delicious!

      Boulevard Cafe
      2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

      3900 D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, CA 94558

      2337 Market St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: pastryqueen

        I believe Boulevard Cafe is in Daly City.

        1. re: pastryqueen

          If we're ranging out of SF, the macaroni gratin grandmere at Nizza la Bella in Albany is worth a try,

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            And sometimes they have a grand-père version with meatballs added.

        2. Here's a 2 year old thread. Epic Roasthouse seemed to have a good version.

          Epic Roasthouse
          369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

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          1. I remember liking the very traditional version at Home, but that was years and years ago.

            More recently, I had a really nice truffled version at Belden Taverna. We had a toddler with us, and it was all she would eat all night.

            Belden Taverna
            52 Belden Place, San Francisco, CA 94104

            1. Tried Hard Knox tonight, and the texture and pasta was good. However, I prefer a richer cheesy flavor....

              The search will go on...

              Hard Knox Cafe
              2448 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121