Mac and cheese is kinda like that blanket you had as a kid: it's simple and comforting, you've loved it for as long as you can remember, and there's probably a little piece of it somewhere in your apartment. Making sure that little piece is the most delicious one possible: this list of the nine best mac and cheese dishes in LA.
LA's 9 best mac and cheese dishes
Fred 62 (click here for address and deets)
It's 214a. You've just left last-call at, say, The Dresden. You want something fried, and carby, and preferably super-gooey and cheesy. And then you remember. Fred 62 has deep-fried mac and cheese balls. The. End.
The Grilled Cheese Truck (click here for deets)
While yes, you could have a grilled cheese with pulled pork, you could also have that same grilled cheese with pulled pork STUFFED WITH MAC AND CHEESE.
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles (click here for address and deets)
For rizeal, this Snoop Dogg (and Snoop Lion!)-approved, Southern-classic serves up some of the best old-schoolish mac and cheese in town -- creamy and baked and delicious.
Fat Dog (click here for address and deets)
This Fairfax cafe spices up its pepper jack/cheddar mac with jalapeno and breadcrumbs. You can also optionally (hahahahahah, right) add crab and bacon.
Beachwood BBQ (click here for address and deets)
Like any delicious fort, Gruyere and beer're the base for this baked mac, which's also full-up with bacon, chives, and smoked chilies.
Connie and Ted's (click here for address and deets)
This East Coast-style seafood shack from the Providence guy's got a crazy-creamy side of cheesy, cheddar-y mac.
Joan's On Third (click here for address and deets)
The beloved 3rd St cafe serves its mac and cheese in giant, square-shaped hunks because, delicious.
Baby Blue's BBQ (click here for address and deets)
This BBQ stalwart's mac and c gets its cheese foursome on with Parmesan, cheddar, jack, and blue.
Trailer Park Truck (click here for deets)
Track down this kinda-fakely-down-home cooking truck, and order up the Mack'n Cheeseburger, a full-on burger topped with -- you guessed it -- kale and radicchio mac and cheese and applewood-smoked bacon.
1. Fred 621850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
2. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles
3. Fat Dog801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
4. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing210 E 3rd St, Long Beach
5. Connie and Ted's8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
6. Joan's on Third8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
7. Baby Blues BBQ7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.
There's one place, and one place only, to get chicken and waffles in southern California: Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Founded by a Harlem native on a mission to bring straight and simple soul food to LA, Roscoe's serves up miraculous plates of golden-hued fried chicken and crispy waffles. The menu is, of course, full of comfort combos like gravy-smothered chicken with biscuits and eggs-any-way breakfasts. The chain has multiple locations across the greater LA area, but the Hollywood one is in the center of it all.
This American gastropub's doling out awesome comfort dishes, including their mac and cheese, salmon pizza, and French toast. Cozy up with any of said dishes, a cold brew, and sigh that it's 70-degrees out in January.
Beachwood's Long Beach location is perfect for relaxing after catching some surf -- get a few brews, an indulgent entree (mac and cheese, without a doubt), and kick back. Beachwood specializes in BBQ fare in a laid back, diner-style setting. Quaint midcentury modern touches take the decor one step farther and go perfectly with the "so good it must be homemade" plates.
A seafood restaurant from Michael Cimarusti.
This bakery & specialty food purveyor serves up deliciously cozy and comforting meals, like hearty mac and cheese -- that are guaranteed to fill you up. If you're more in the nibbling mood, though, sample their market side dishes, like baby field greens with dried cranberries and Chinese chicken salad.
Baby Blues's a meat temple with a mahogany bar, weathered walls, a mounted Black Angus head, and an open grill line. BB BBQ is servin’ up award-winning smoked meats and distinctive DTLA sauces. The menu features an array of Southern-inspired fixings like baby back ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork served either a la carte, as a sandwich, or plattered with two sides (sauteed okra, mashed sweet potato, stewed tomatoes, etc). Stop in for music and cocktails— BB has collaborated with the popular drinkery Crossing. It’s dinner and a show, done the American way. Check out BB’s sister sites in Venice Beach, San Fran, and (far, far away in) Philly.