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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.

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    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!

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      Boulevard Cafe
      2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

      BarBersQ
      3900 D Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, CA 94558

      Blue
      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.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/409334
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/485817

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          Epic Roasthouse
          369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

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          1. re: wolfe

            Nice. Great links.

          2. 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.

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            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...

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

              1. I just had some okay Mac and cheese at the Front Porch. Great texture but needed salt. I'd order it again, probably but wouldn't call it awesome. Now the collard greens on the other hand...

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                The Front Porch
                65 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. Rich and creamy at Chenery Park. Second the Blue Plate recommendation.

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                  Blue Plate
                  3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  Chenery Park Restaurant
                  683 Chenery Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

                  1. Anyone try the version at Bay Breads? I noticed it on the menu today: mushroom mac n' cheese with truffle oil.

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                    Bay Bread
                    2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                    1. re: Pei

                      I've had it in various incarnations at various Bay Bread locations. There used to be a great prosciutto mac n' cheese with truffle oil at their cafe, Rigolo, on California St. in Laurel Village, a few doors down from Bryan's Meats.

                      Definitely tasty, made with a variety of high-quality cheese and a bechamel. Nicely salted.

                      Sadly, for some reason I haven't been back in a year or two so I don't know if it's held up, but I would expect that it has.

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                      Bay Bread
                      2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                      Rigolo
                      3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

                    2. Baby Blues BBQ on Mission has a great Mac and Cheese side. It's very rih, creamy and quite heavy. Traditional orange shells and cheese but with a little bite (blue cheese?)

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                      Baby Blues BBQ
                      3149 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

                      1. I love Blue Plate's - best one I've had so far, but I'm not a huge fan of their vegetarian entree (there's usually only one), so it has to be a focused draw. Like Luna Park, too, but it's a bit rich. Mission Cheese now has a good one, but it feels small (may be similar size to Blue Plate, but not quite up there in taste). I can't remember if it was Home or Chow where I had one of the worst mac and cheeses ever.

                        1. New here, but a few of these places are out of business - any new places people recommend? Particularly for the baked variety.

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                          1. re: mirimin

                            Maybe you can find one you like in Oakland at Homeroom, new since thread started.
                            http://homeroom510.com/menu/

                          2. West of Pecos, SF has a green chile mac & cheese. Not spicy at all, very creamy. My review w/ pics on the bottom of the post:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856568

                            1. Adding Broken Record's Lobster Mac & Cheese to this thread. A steal at $10.

                              1. Fat Angel's gruyere mac and cheese washed down with your pick of beer from an excellent list which includes a nice selection of sours too.

                                1. I honestly can't speak for anyone else but I can say that my experience at "Homeroom" in oakland was really one I will definately remember. Not only because of the Mac & Cheese but also because it was something totally out of the norm. The menu ONLY consists of mac & cheese entrees and nothing else. The main reason I can't forget this place is because of the peanut butter pie (very creamy) and the beer/beer floats. They also had carmelized onions as one of their added toppings and I can't think of one place that has this as an extra (even pizzerias don't have this?). Really good stuff.. For anyone thinking of going, here's my rec's:

                                  #1 Garlic Mac & Cheese with Carmelized Onions (Add meat like bacon or chorizo if you want some more protein)

                                  #2 Peanut Butter Pie (Whipped Creamy with a graham cracker crust, very good)

                                  #3 Beer float (Never seen this before?? also very good)