Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Mac & Cheese Dishes in Chicago Right Now

Published On 02/17/2015 Published On 02/17/2015
mac and cheese
kailley lindman/thrillist
chicago q
spritz burger
mindy's hot chocolate
kailley lindman/thrillist
kuma's corner
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1. Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

This two-floor throwback cocktail bar in Lincoln Park churns out classic tipples like Sazeracs, Old Fashioneds and Manhattans alongside lesser-known drinks like the Jimmie Roosevelt, a blend of cognac, green chartreuse and Champagne. Choose from 60+ varieties of shaken or stirred drinks.

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2. Feast Restaurant & Bar 1616 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Feast's got pn-point Bloody Marys and brunch that you can enjoy indoors or out, plus a standout mac & cheese with roasted tomatoes, bacon, green onions, Parmesan, bread crumbs, and a healthy dose of cream.

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3. Chicago Q 1160 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60610

A solid member of Chi's increasingly crowded smoked-meat scene, Chi Q gets fancy with spartan black leather furniture and white linen light fixtures. The gut-busting plates feature fare like bacon/cheddar hushpuppies, pork-infused "pig powder chips", and seriously good Brussels sprouts.

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4. Spritz Burger 3819 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613

A burger joint with a burger named The Pub Crawl(cheddar, chutney and roasted tomato) is going to understandably peak your interest, and rightfully so. A menu made up of deep-fried comfort food(of which 13 items are burgers) awaits you amongst seltzer spritz cocktails like the spritzed Malort and pastries.

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5. Mindy's Hot Chocolate 1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Pastry chef Mindy Segal's Bucktown restaurant is synonymous with comfort food from both the sweet and savory sides of the spectrum. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Mindy's Hot Chocolate serves soul-warming dishes, like the Slagel Farm beef burger topped with a fried egg, creamy mac & cheese, and daily soups with crusty sourdough bread. Of course, a meal here isn't complete without dessert, which should include an order of the amazingly rich hot chocolate and a slice of the daily cake (or anything off the dessert menu -- it's all addictive).

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6. The Smoke Daddy 1804 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Smoke Daddy is a BBQ emporium in Wicker Park serving up sauce-slathered eats like ribs and brisket, while also showing its more delicate side with brunch that includes something called a "Big Daddy Breakfast."

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7. Cheesie's Pub & Grub 958 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Available in massive 12" iterations plus smaller chump-ready sizes, Cheesie's riffs on grilled cheeses include the Mac (American & Merkts w/ actual mac & cheese), and the bacon/ cheddar/ cream cheese Jalapeno Popper.

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8. Kuma's Too 666 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

From the flames of hell that spawned Kuma’s Corner, Kuma’s Too has arisen at (of course) 666 W Diversey, nearly doubling the original's size while duplicating its metal-inspired, pretzel-bunned burger options like the Metallica (Buffalo sauce, bacon, bleu cheese dressing) and the Black Sabbath, made with blackening spice, chili, pepper jack.