Food & Drink

LA's 9 best mac and cheese dishes

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014

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.

Fred 62

Fred 62 (click here for address and deets)
Los Feliz
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

The Grilled Cheese Truck (click here for deets)
Various Locations 
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 House of Chicken and Waffles

Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles (click here for address and deets)
Mid-City, Hollywood
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

Fat Dog (click here for address and deets)
Beverly Grove
This Fairfax cafe spices up its pepper jack/cheddar mac with jalapeno and breadcrumbs. You can also optionally (hahahahahah, right) add crab and bacon.

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Beachwood BBQ (click here for address and deets)
Long Beach
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.

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Connie and Ted's (click here for address and deets)
West Hollywood
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

Joan's On Third (click here for address and deets)
Beverly Grove
The beloved 3rd St cafe serves its mac and cheese in giant, square-shaped hunks because, delicious.

Baby Blue's BBQ

Baby Blue's BBQ (click here for address and deets)
Venice, Mid-City
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)
Van Nuys
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.

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1. Fred 62 1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.

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2. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles 1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

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.

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3. Fat Dog 801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Beverly Hills)

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.

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4. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing 210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

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.

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5. Connie and Ted's 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

A seafood restaurant from Michael Cimarusti.

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6. Joan's on Third 8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

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.

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7. Baby Blues BBQ 7953 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

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.

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