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

Is there a food more crave-able than mac & cheese? Okay... but is there a food more crave-able than mac & cheese that ISN'T pizza or ramen?? Yeah, there isn't. Which makes this something you're gonna want to read. Here are the 16 best spots for mac & cheeses in LA right now.

Slater's 50/50

Multiple locations
Let’s not forget that mac & cheese is perhaps one of the best (cough, cough) late-night (cough) fixes that you could dream up. So, it would only make sense that the folks at Slater’s might have had some “inspiration” when devising its mouth-watering array of mac offerings: Buffalo chicken and blue cheese with toasted Cheez-Its crust; jalapeño and bacon with Cheez-Its crust; alligator andouille with Parm and panko crust; or mashed potato, cheddar, bacon, sour cream, and Parm with panko. Just sayin’.

Church & State

Church & State

Arts District
The gratin de macaronis et fromage at this classy Downtown joint will totally impress both you and your date. Elbows are mixed with Gruyere/Emmentaler cheeses and a heavenly béchamel sauce, then the whole thing is baked in a copper skillet for a crisp crust over the chewy, molten core.

Rosewood Tavern

This reliable Fairfax watering hole maintains a strong mac & cheese game with a mini casserole of noodles baked with Hook’s two-year-old cheddar, smoked Gouda, and topped with a green herb crust and chunks of Benton’s ham. And, in case you get thirsty, the craft beer and Scotch selection totally have your back.

Peninsula Beverly Hills

The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills
Like your dorm room Easy Mac, this five-star truffle mac & cheese is leveled up with crushed black truffles, white truffle oils, and a Taleggio sauce. So... actually nothing in any way like your dorm room Easy Mac.

Hyperion Public

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

Bradley Tuck/Pie Hole

The Pie Hole

Multiple locations
It has a mac & cheese pie. Let that sink in for a minute. A breaded and flaky puff pastry shell encases an old-school version of the bright golden noodles and serves as a great lead-in to any one of the sweet pies/several more of the mac & cheese ones.


Valley Village
Once a humble food truck, this new-ish Valley joint devotes itself to the worship of all things mac, with the five-cheese mac (asiago, fontina, Gruyere, Parm and cheddar) held high on the altar. Sure, as a main course it's pricier than your average side, but, with plenty of variations (Bacon! Hot dog!! Sausage!!! POT ROAST!!!!!), it totally makes sense.

Spaghettini & The Dave Koz Lounge

Beverly Hills
This re-imagined BH hot spot dishes up a compelling variation on the classic with a rich smoked Gouda orzo mac. Enjoy it with a juicy NY strip steak and a live show.

La Boheme

La Boheme

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.

Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles

Multiple locations
The classic version of the baked and creamy side dish remains the perfect compliment to ‘scoe’s namesake chicken and waffles.

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Franklin & Company

Los Feliz/Franklin Village
What’s better than filling your very own personalized stein with a rotating selection of craft beer at this gastropub? Devouring a sizzling-hot cast iron pan loaded with macaroni, Swiss, smoked Gouda, provolone, mozzarella, crab, smoked bacon, tomato, and a Parm crust, and then having your very own mug filled again. THAT'S WHAT.

Bay Cities Italian Deli

Santa Monica
Leave the classic yellow version of mac & cheese at this SM institution to the amateurs; the gold that you want behind the counter is the dense eight-cheese version, piping-hot out of the tray. But get there early for lunch as it goes fast.

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BOA Steakhouse

Santa Monica/West Hollywood
Obviously you’re here for some absurdly delicious steak, but leaving a steakhouse without overstuffing yourself with indulgent side dishes would be a foolish mistake. Complement that 40-day dry-aged NY strip with the Mac, Cheese N Peas, which arrives oozing with a smoked Gouda-cheddar mornay sauce, peas, stackable orecchiette, and a toasted panko crust.

Horse Thief BBQ

It’s hard to trust a BBQ joint that doesn’t offer a side of mac & cheese. And while there are a lot of great ‘cue joints around town serving up quality mac (see: Bludso’s and Baby Blue’s), this Texas-style joint offers a creamy rendition that pairs perfectly with its spot-on brisket.

Playa Provisions

Playa Provisions

Playa del Rey
When you order cheese and macaroni this close to the ocean, you shouldn’t be surprised that seafood joins the party. The Dungeness crab mac & cheese delivers strong on rich and creamy texture with generous chunks of the famed crustacean, topped with a satisfying, spicy crunch.

Barton G

West Hollywood
When you’re like, “I need some lobster with my mac & cheese,” first off, relax, fancypants. Then head to Barton G, who has you and your pants covered with the Lobster Trap: 1b Maine lobster and pasta in a three-cheese lobster sauce.

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Danny Jensen is a regular Thrillist contributor who survived many late nights in college with the help of Easy Mac. Share your late-night mac & cheese schemes with him on Twitter and Instagram.

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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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