Food & Drink

Where to Get the 16 Ooey Gooey-est Mac & Cheeses in LA Right Now

Published On 02/17/2015 Published On 02/17/2015
Slater's 50/50
Church & State
Peninsula Beverly Hills
Bradley Tuck/Pie Hole
La Boheme
Danny Jensen/Thrillist
Danny Jensen/Thrillist
Playa Provisions
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1. Church & State 1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

This Downtown grub hub's home to amazing French cuisine, like an impeccable bone marrow, steak frites, and pork belly.

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2. The Peninsula Beverly Hills 9882 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (Beverly Hills)

The Peninsula is a five-star Beverly Hills hotel featuring three restaurants (The Belvedere, The Living Room, The Roof Garden) as well as an upscale bar -- The Club Bar.

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3. Hyperion Public 2538 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Silverlake)

The creamy, molten four-cheese mac (cheddar, muenster, mozz, pecorino) at this Silverlake haunt has a deservedly strong fan-base, and the truffled mac has a deservedly stronger one.

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4. Rosewood Tavern 448 N Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Disappointingly not named for what they'd have called Betty White's Golden Girls character if she'd married Ed Wood, RT's an old Western-esque chopshop (slinging beef like herb marinated crispy skirt steaks, and a top sirloin culotte) featuring exposed-brick and beautiful backdrops.

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5. Mac-O-Licious 5217 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607 (Mid Valley)

Mac-O-Licious was a food truck and a farmers market favorite before appearing on reality TV and making their -- and your -- dreams of a full-on mac & cheese restaurant come true. Dig into 10 different kinds of mac, including blue cheese and crab claw, hickory-smoked bacon and cheddar, and lobster varieties.

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6. Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge 184 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

"Self", you may have once said to yourself, "what if there were a place I could get, like, really great Italian food and then hear some incredible jazz??" Ok, you've never said that to yourself. But that place exists. And that alone is pretty cool.

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7. La Boheme 8400 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90403 (West Hollywood)

Look, if you haven’t already impressed a date by the fireplace patio of this grandiose and revamped WeHo stalwart, then the creamy and cheesy handmade orecchiette with bacon from the new chef Martha Esquivel is your open invitation.

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8. Franklin & Company 5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

This casual neighborhood resto dishes out elevated American cuisine, including tasty bar bites/apps like bleu cheese tater tots, Scotch eggs, ahi tuna tacos, and fried oysters Rockefeller. And if you want a terrifically spicy Bloody Mary, look no further.

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9. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Slinging sandwiches in Santa Monica since the 1920s, Bay Cities is responsible for masterpieces like The Godmother, a sub made with basically every Italian cured meat, Provolone cheese, and the works (mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomato, and lettuce). More than just a sandwich specialist, the shop also serves prepared pastas like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed shells. While the counter crew assembles your order, browse through the grocery section that's stocked with imported Italian specialities.

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10. BOA 9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This high-end steakhouse on the Strip is known for delicious steaks, sleek decor, and a glamorous clientele. Each cut of meat is perfectly juicy, and though you're undoubtedly here for the 40-day dry-aged New York strip or center-cut filet mignon, the mac & cheese side, made with smoked gouda and cheddar, is worth a trip in itself. And since this is LA, BOA has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free food (thank god steak is GF).

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11. Horse Thief 324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

An Austin import's opened up this take-out BBQ window, so you know it's legit. Whatever you do, don't miss out on the ribs.

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12. Barton G 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Best known for some of its sweet treats, Barton G. delivers a miniature cart of churros to your table -- teamed with spicy hot chocolate and rolled in sugar and spice (Szechuan pepper, star anise, cloves, cinnamon) these fried fritters pack some serious heat. As a whole, the spot specializes in all that is whimsical. From the magical realism of their decor to their use of each plate as a canvas, time spent at Barton G is as full of satiation as is it inspiration.

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