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Jul 6, 2014 03:00 PM

Best Macaroni and Cheese in Austin

I recently accepted that macaroni and cheese is my most favorite food. This is sad because I love all kinds of food... but I went to visit my grandma for the first time in 15 yrs last year, and the second thing out of her mouth was, Do you still like macaroni and cheese?

Funny part of that story is we were sitting at an applebees and I had a plate of their macaroni and cheese in front of me! I realized I don't have to be ashamed anymore, this is my favorite thing in the world and while my palate has definitely grown since I was a 12 year old kid, for example, gruyere and swiss and crispy bacon can take the dish to new heights.

So I am starting this thread to find out, where should I go to start my tour de mac and cheese here in Austin? I actually really like Pluckers with the spicy ranch and bacon added when I am feeling super fancy aka hungover, but what other places should I check out? Thanks for listening and now I am hungry.

PS: I accept recipes! I make a new recipe every year for christmas, and found a spicy one I like. Haven't reached that level of perfection yet though :)

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  1. For a classic version, Pok E Jo's is really good. Elbow mac and processed cheese. I haven't had it in years, but used to have a couple of bites from my kids' plate when they were younger.

    1. Lots of people like Cover3's version, including me......I think that you would like it based on your description.

      1. I love Mac and cheese....
        Jack Allens is good stuff....
        I have found the secret to making good plain old cafeteria style mac and cheese if that is what you are looking for... and I have the highbrow gourmet style roux style...
        here is the recipe for Disney Mac and Cheese
        • 2 cup dry elbow macaroni
        • 2 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
        • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1 tablespoon butter melted
        • 1 1/4 cup boiling pasta water( you may not need all)
        • 3 cups American cheese, shredded
        Cook macaroni according to package directions.
        Heat oven to 350°F.
        In a large bowl, mix dry milk, flour, and butter.
        Gradually add boiling water, beating constantly.
        Add 3/4 of the cheese and continue beating until smooth and creamy.
        Stir in macaroni, 1/2 cup of the remaining cheese, and salt.
        Transfer to lightly greased 1-qt baking dish.
        Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes.
        Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
        Continue baking 1 minute or until cheese melts.