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cem3340 Oct 31, 2009 02:15 PM

Any mac and cheese that is noteworthy in the city?

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    chefwhites Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    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)

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      huckleberry Aug 1, 2012 12:32 PM

      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. Civil Bear Aug 1, 2012 10:30 AM

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

        1. hhc Jul 31, 2012 11:16 PM

          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:

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            mirimin Jul 31, 2012 05:36 PM

            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
              wolfe Jul 31, 2012 06:22 PM

              Maybe you can find one you like in Oakland at Homeroom, new since thread started.

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              mirimin Jul 31, 2012 05:36 PM

              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.

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                outrig8 Nov 3, 2009 12:17 PM

                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?)

                Baby Blues BBQ
                3149 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

                1. Pei Nov 2, 2009 09:56 AM

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

                  Bay Bread
                  2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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                  1. re: Pei
                    SteveG Nov 2, 2009 11:24 AM

                    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.

                    Bay Bread
                    2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

                    3465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                    Jeff Nov 1, 2009 09:07 PM

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

                    Blue Plate
                    3218 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

                    1. sarahlefton Nov 1, 2009 12:53 AM

                      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...

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

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                        cem3340 Oct 31, 2009 09:35 PM

                        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

                        1. Pei Oct 31, 2009 06:31 PM

                          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. wolfe Oct 31, 2009 05:19 PM

                            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. re: wolfe
                              cem3340 Oct 31, 2009 06:56 PM

                              Nice. Great links.

                            2. pastryqueen Oct 31, 2009 05:16 PM

                              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
                                mmg Nov 3, 2009 11:04 AM

                                I believe Boulevard Cafe is in Daly City.

                                1. re: pastryqueen
                                  Robert Lauriston Nov 3, 2009 12:26 PM

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

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                                    Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2012 07:22 PM

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

                                2. Civil Bear Oct 31, 2009 05:02 PM

                                  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

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