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DC’s 9 best mac 'n cheese dishes

Mac 'n cheese is probably the ultimate comfort food, but it can only do its job and make you briefly forget about how much everything sucks if you know where to get a decent bowl -- that’s why we nobly put on our stretchy pants, did the delicious research, and tracked down DC’s finest curdy treats.

Laura Hayes
-- Mac 'n' Quack
Columbia Heights
Two words make this dish DC’s best mac: duck bacon. The CoHi watering hole won’t tell you how it’s made (cool or scary?) but they do make it in-house. Also, important note: this Gouda-laced heart stopper is only available Mondays (as are free JELL-O shots!).
Laura Hayes
Oohh’s and Aahh’s -- Macaroni & Cheese
U Street
This classic soul food spot serves classic soul food mac 'n cheese -- the recipe's been in the family for three generations, it combines six different cheeses, weighs in at a just $3.95, and is totally delicious. 
Laura Hayes
 -- Bacon ‘N Blue
So, this may well be THE best Alexander Hammy you can spend in the state of Virginia. Cambozola cheese (Gorg’s somehow stinkier cousin) commingles with crumbled bacon, roasted toms, and fusilli pasta. Also? The spot’s a wine bar and cheese shop to boot, so you can get a little of the goodness to take home with you.
Laura Hayes
 -- Old Bay Lobster Mac
Friendship Heights
Old Bay seasoning plus Parmesan and cheddar cheese combine with oversized "macaroni" (seriously, they're GIANT) before being topped with generous hunks of Maine lobster. Sure, it's a little exorbitant at $18, but it's completely worth it, and it's definitely no side dish. 
Scott Suchman
 -- Bacon Mac & Cheese
Metro Center
Can a chocolate emporium produce award-winning mac 'n cheese?? Apparently so, and they can even brazenly include chocolate in it too. This sucker comes with a thick slab of chocolate-covered bacon to be stirred into the four cheese-covered orecchiette, and it works like a freaking dream.
Laura Hayes
-- Truffle Crust Mac & Cheese
Logan Circle
The Pig easily scoops the crown for best value, because as fancy as "truffle crust" sounds, and as delicious as these Gruyere, white cheddar, and goat cheese-filled mini-crocks are, they’re actually crazy reasonable. In fact, when was the last time you got truffle ANYTHING for $7.50?
Renee Comet
 -- Macaroni and Cheese
Foggy Bottom
For those feeling a little nostalgic, there’s Founding Farmers' mac 'n cheese, which is loaded with childhood staples -- we’re talking ham, peas, and apples -- and of course there’s Gouda and Gruyere in there too (otherwise it would just be "Macaroni and").
Laura Hayes
Stoney’s on L -- Buffalo Mac-N-Cheese
West End
If you took a buffalo wing and used it as a whisk in a super creamy mac 'n cheese until it completely disintegrated but magically left no bones behind, you’d get Stoney’s famed Mac-N-Cheese. It’s all in there: buffalo sauce, grilled chicken, diced celery, and crumbled bleu cheese sauce. Sure, you can get this game-day classic on P Street, but L Street is just so new and shiny (read: better bathrooms).
Food Truck
The rumors are true -- CapMac, which closed its window in 2013, will be imminently resurrected under fan-turned-owner Josh Warner, and bringing back its frankly incredible Classic CapMac’n Cheese, which throws together cheddar, pimento, and a Cheez-It crumble.

Laura Hayes is a contributing writer at Thrillist and the founder of Best Thing on the Menu. She counteracts her passion for food and killer cocktails with CrossFit and corgi walks. Follow her adventures @BTMenu.
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1. Oohh's & Aahh's 1005 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Conveniently located on U Street and open until 4a on weekends for your late-night soul food satiation, Oohh's and Aahh's (cash-only) delivers on delicious fried chicken, wings, and mac n' cheese.

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2. The Pig 1320 14th St NW , Washington, DC 20005

From the folks behind Logan Tavern and The Heights, The Pig's got a pork-focused sharing menu and a rustic, general store feel: Frederick-sourced barn wood walls, and an entire bar made from a huge butcher's block, so -- chop chop! -- get to drinking on it.

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3. The Pinch 3548 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Kept as low-lit as you'll be well-lit, Pinch has got a cement-topped bar serving up a quality beer list starting at $5 and a kitchen whose eats are kept under $10, meaning your fatness will be rivaled only by that of your wallet as you feast in a dive painted bright red and outfitted with reclaimed barstools from Ruff & Ready.

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4. Cheesetique Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. The best of which might be their various mac and cheese varieties or their grilled cheese sammies, but we'll let you be the judge of that.

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5. RANGE 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

Piloted by Executive Chef and restauranteur Bryan Voltaggio, RANGE is separated into various open-cooking coves where chefs prepare seasonal ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic. Stations include a salumeria, raw bar, rotisserie, wood-fired hearth, and bakery that whip up some culinary ingenuity while you sip a mezcal-infused "Mexican Warhead" cocktail or people watch through the all-glass interior wrapping around the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

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6. Co Co. Sala Chocolate Boutique 929 F st. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Co Co. Sala's expanded next door with a chocolate retail nook decked out with imported stone, a golden wall, and copious glass displays showcasing old favorites like their "Chocolate-enrobed Bacon", plus new creations like saffron and pistachio caramels.

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7. Founding Farmers 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

This spot was doing farm-to-table before it was even cool; enjoy your tasty, sustainable, family-farmed eats in a LEED-certified setting that's as green as the food.

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8. Stoney's On L 2101 L St NW, Ste. 103, Washington, DC 20037

This place has been feeding DC some of the city's best burgers, brews, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese since '68. They've got this pleasing people with awesome food thing down pat.

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