Food & Drink

The 9 Awesomest Mac and Cheese Dishes in Atlanta

Published On 03/05/2014 Published On 03/05/2014
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Sebastian Davis

What's better than fried chicken or the food at Atlanta's best "shackstaurants"? Well, more fried chicken/food from the ATL's best "shackstaurants," obviously. And maybe also some gloriously gooey mac and cheese, which is why we've rounded up the city's nine best dishes. Dig in...

Mac the Cheese

Best food truck mac & cheese: Just Mac

Mac the Cheese Truck (address and info)
This rolling wagon of milky destiny stuffs it in sandwiches, casseroles it w/chicken & broccoli, tops it with all the fixings from an enchilada, and just serves it on its own, flavored w/cheddar or fontina. 

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Best original recipe: Triple Cheese Macaroni

OK Cafe (address and info)
Your lunch lady never served “cafeteria-style” mac with the kind of deliciously twisty and buttery sauce-covered pasta you'll find at this (wayyy-more-than) OK cafe.


Best use of white cheddar: Vickery’s Mac n' Cheese

Vickery’s (address and info)
Ormewood Park
For over 30yrs (in what used to be an old lady’s house in Midtown), these folks've been serving down home eats like fried mac & marinara, and this tube-based white cheddar number, topped with cracked black pepper that probably makes past visitors to the home (ahem, Margaret Mitchell), proud.

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Best mac that doesn't look like mac & cheese: Fox-a-Roni

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q (address and info)
Candler Park
The lone piece of shell-shaped pasta breaking the surface of this Brunswick stew is like a shark fin warning you about the dangerously delicious mac and cheese you're about to stuff between your... waitforit!... Jaws.

South City Kitchen

Best use of multiple cheeses: Four-Cheese Mac-and-Cheese

South City Kitchen (address and info)
The exact blend is a house secret, so don’t try bribing your server, just grab a Blood Orange Bourbon Smash and enjoy your own personal mini-skillet of the kind of eats your grandma would have made if it wasn't completely irresponsible to waste that much cheese.

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Best use of cheese that isn't cheese: Macaroni and Head Cheese

The Spence (address and info)
No, “head cheese” isn't a dairy product that got a promotion, it's a kind of jellied meat (usually from an actual pig's head) that gets awesomely crispy when Richard Blais bakes it on top of a cauldron of bubbly elbow pasta.

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Best hand-held mac: Fried Mac n' Cheese Bites

The Barrelhouse (address and info)
Your late-night eats fantasies have come to life in the form of fistfuls of cheesy mac, rolled in breadcrumbs, fried, and sided with red pepper aioli. Oh, and at $3, there’s no better cure for whatever whiskey-induced ailments you're suffering from.

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Best for a baller: Park 75 “Mac & Cheese”

Park 75 (address and info)
The mack-daddy of Atlanta’s mac boasts rock shrimp and jumbo lump crab soaked in a light, cheesy cream sauce and tossed with some sweet spiral pasta.

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Best use of mac as stuffing: Mac ‘N’ Cheesy-Changa

The Vortex (address and info)
Little Five Points
Roll pulled pork and rich, cheesy tubes of mac into a tortilla, deep-fry it, and then top it with even more melted cheese and BBQ sauce. Oh, you can’t? Then let The Vortex do it for you. Then, even better, let the kind of hot, tattooed waitresses they don't have at shackstaurants bring it to you.

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1. OK Cafe 1284 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 (West Atlanta)

OK Cafe is taking the term “cafeteria-style” back from the hair net crowd. Their version of mac and cheese is a heavenly blend of rich spirals that absolutely grab every ounce of buttery gel and keep it on your fork for the anticipatory journey between bowl and your mouth. But don't stop there! Sample any of the other diner-chic options.

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2. Vickery's 933 Garrett St SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

For over 30 years, (in what used to be an old lady’s house in Midtown), Vickery’s has stood the test of time. Their fried mac and marinara is surely a brunch best-bet, but with lots of delicious offerings, you'll find comfort food to satisfy any time of day.

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3. Fox Bros Bar-B-Q 1238 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Dekalb)

An Atlanta institution serving up solid BBQ fare like pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Frito pie, and burnt ends. We think that Fox Bros Bar-B-Q serves up some of the best BBQ in town, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.

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4. South City Kitchen Midtown 1144 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Open for lunch, dinner & brunch, this award-winning Midtown restaurant puts a contemporary twist on classic Southern cooking.

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5. The Spence 75 5th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Richard Blais of Top Chef fame is dishing out fancified American eats at his Midtown resto.

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6. The Barrelhouse 22 5th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

The Barrelhouse is just a downright easy-going neighborhood pub that can satiate your appetite for anything from a snack, to a brew, to a full meal.

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7. Park 75 Restaurant 75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Located inside the Four Seasons, Park 75's an upscale restaurant and bar serving contemporary dishes in a relaxing atmosphere, which includes a terrace garden.

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8. The Vortex 438 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Little 5 Points)

This sibling-owned bar and restaurant in Little Five Points is a self-proclaimed "Official Idiot-Free Zone," and they're notorious for kicking out rude or high-maintenance customers to create a laid-back and fun crowd (they're usually pretty young, too). It's hard to imagine why anyone here would be picky with their food when they've got such a massive selection of whopping, diverse signature burgers like the Hawaiian-themed Freaky Tiki and the Holy Guacamole (self-explanatory), along with a hefty selection of local draft beers (and beer cocktails), cocktails and shooters.



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