Food & Drink

Comfort yourself with Denver's best mac 'n cheese

Published On 02/19/2014 Published On 02/19/2014
Best Mac and Cheese DEN
Connor Green

With the wounds from the Broncos (well, you know what happened) still fresh, it's time for healing. Sure, everything heals in time, but nothing helps the healing process along like heavy, nap-inducing comfort food, the undisputed king of which is mac 'n cheese. Here are Denver's best renditions to help heal your broken heart, then clog it.

Jonesy’s EatBar
Uptown
Come for the fries and stay for the mac. Jonesy’s Eat Bar doesn’t get too fancy with their rendition, which has only three core ingredients -- cheddar, cream, and love. Well, actually you probably have to consider macaroni a core ingredient, as it's in the name. Add bacon for even MORE love.

Scottie Davison

Mizuna
Southwest
This Southwest Denver restaurant has a habit of taking things up a level, so it's no surprise that lobster accompanies their mac 'n cheese dish. And by "accompanies" we mean "LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THOSE LOBSTER HUNKS IN THAT MAC 'N CHEESE!". Throw in some mascarpone and heavy cream and you have yourself a classy, calorie-filled party. 

Connor Green

Steuben’s Food Service
Uptown
The comfort food prodigies leave no cheese unturned when assembling their mac, bringing together yellow and white American cheese, Fontina, Camembert, and Swiss to form a delectable cheese symphony. Or maybe a cheese orgy? You sound like you're moaning but there is also beautiful string music playing in your head as you eat it. Let's call it a cheese symphonorgy.

Connor Green

The Hornet
South Broadway
The Hornet goes all Xzibit on their version, pimping out their mac with bacon AND lobster... along with like three or four flat-screen TVs. It's called the Cadi-mac and Cheese. Okay fine, it isn't called that at all, but it's delicious and it SHOULD be.

Connor Green

Sputnik
South Broadway
Cheez-It sales have gotten pretty "high" since the passing of certain laws in Colorado, so it makes perfect sense that the eminently snackable cracker would find itself atop of Sputnik’s cheddar, Asiago, and monterey jack sportin’ mac. The Cheez-Its provide a textural element that you don't even need any herbal enhancement to appreciate.

Colin Mallet

Sassafrass 
Jefferson Park
The folks at Sassafrass don’t think that 300 days of sunshine are enough, so along with their made-to-order Grana Padano mac 'n cheese, they insist on a topping of one sunny-side-up egg. Also, bacon. Also, pulled pork. The last two have nothing to do with sunshine really, but when they're commingling happily with runny egg yolk and creamy mac, you won't really care.

Josh Mishell

Rackhouse Pub
South Denver
Not one, but four specialty mac dishes grace the menu of this South Denver eatery. Their Sea Mac is studded with lobster and shrimp (and bacon, 'cause why not), and equipped with a Ritz crust. Of course, you also wouldn't be in bad shape with the chicken/ pesto/ roasted tomato Amita, or the Chili Mac, which you can top with any of their trio of house-made chilis. Should have named it the Mac-house Pub, amirite?!

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1. Jonesy's EatBar 400 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 (Uptown)

Jonesy's EatBar is a great name for this Uptown joint -- EAT your way through their truffle fries, sliders, and mac 'n cheese, and get yourself something to drink from their all-Colorado selection of drafts and cans at the BAR. See?

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2. Mizuna 225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Southwest)

Cozy and upscale, Mizuna is a great place to go for the gold (lobster mac 'n cheese) or try a five-course tasting menu to get the lay of the land.

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3. Steuben's Food Service 523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.

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4. The Hornet 76 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 (Baker)

They have homemade pop tarts, bourbon banana french toast, beer, and... wait, do you need more reasons to get out of bed for brunch?!

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5. Sputnik 3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (South Broadway)

Sputnik's good to go for dinner (Cheez-It topped mac 'n cheese) as well as for a night out (local drafts and $2 PBRs & Lost Lakes during happy hour).

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6. Sassafrass 2637 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Northwest)

Walk up the stairs to what looks like your grandparents' house in South Carolina, and you'll find yourself inside Sassafrass, where they are capable of sorcery like topping already-delicious mac 'n cheese with things like bacon, pulled pork, collard greens, and a whole damn sunny side up egg. C'mon!!

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7. Rackhouse Pub 208 S Kalamath St, Denver, CO 80223 (Southwest)

Rackhouse Pub is a great spot to enjoy delicious plates (like their Ritz cracker-garnished mac 'n cheese), a good brew, or a tour of their distillery. You can also give their whiskey a tour of your mouth.

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