If there's one thing people in Miami love, it's showing off their carefully tanned/toned bodies as egregiously as possible, but if there's another thing we love, it's stuffing said bodies full of shockingly fattening food, like pizza, under-appreciated burgers, or these 10 mac and cheeses stuffed with lobster, truffles, pork belly, and all sorts of things that weren't in the boxed macaroni your mom used to make.
Miami's 10 Best Mac and Cheeses
Blue Collar (address and info)
This treif-tastic number from Blue Collar’s Danny Serfer is perhaps the most un-kosher menu item ever made by a Jewish guy, all thanks to cavatappi pasta tossed with trugole, cheddar, Parm, and -- if you really want to disappoint your mother -- bacon (gasp!) and rock shrimp.
Truffled Mac and Cheese
Bourbon Steak (address and info)
Yes, Aventura can be a little bit of a trek if you happen to live anywhere but, well, Aventura. But after trying their duck fat fries, and Michael Mina’s decadent, black truffle-filled take on mac and cheese, and maybe even one of Miami’s best burgers or best steaks (or both!), you might start thinking about moving, and then wearing nothing but Tommy Bahama silk shirts, obviously.
Mac n Queso
Huahua’s Taqueria (address and info)
Because a cheese- and bread-filled side isn’t QUITE the coronary-on-a-plate coup de grace required when eating their fried chicken tacos, the folks as HuaHuas cook this pasta in a pan with queso blanco, Oaxaca, Jack, and cotija cheese, then top it off with their own, housemade version of Doritos. Take THAT, Taco Bell.
RPP Bacon Mac and Cheese
Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen (address and info)
Oh, you hate vermouth cream, Parm, white cheddar, Oaxaca cheese, and Andouille bread crumbs, do you? Then stay away from this Las Olas drinking den that’s serving it all up alongside their massive menu of pub favorites.
Mac and Cheese
Maxine’s Bistro (address and info)
Serving what is easily the best mac and cheese you’ll ever have in a hotel that had its own reality show, Maxine’s Bistro in the Catalina takes al dente penne, then tops it with a mixture of fresh mozzarella, sharp blue cheese, creamy ricotta, and nutty Parmesan, bakes it 'til it's golden brown, and serves it to you 24hrs a day.
Traditional Mac and Cheese Skillet
American Social (address and info)
South Florida's famous for its identity theft. But since a mac and cheese skillet full of stolen credit cards really wouldn’t taste very good, AmSo is taking something else we're famous for -- seafood -- and filling that skillet with it: Maine lobster, lump crab & jumbo shrimp are tossed with creamy cheeses, shiitake mushrooms, and trottole pasta, then topped with truffle oil and Medicare fraud, presumably.
Black Truffle Mac and Cheese Pot Pie
The Forge (address and info)
This Mid-Beach mainstay’s new chef takes preserved black truffles, truffle oil, truffle vinegar, and truffle jus, combines it with three kinds of cheese and elbow mac, and then, since this place is in an old blacksmith shop, cooks it all up in a cast iron skillet, and serves it with a very serious warning that “This plate is hot.” Like you’re actually going to listen.
Batch Gastropub (address and info)
The guys at this Brickell craft beer-and-‘tail emporium know they make a pretty good mac and cheese, but also know that you can probably make it better, so they start out with gnocchi mac topped with aged Gruyere, then let you add gulf shrimp, caramelized onion, pork belly, truffle oil, or whatever else you think makes your mac the best on this list.
Lobster Cavatappi Carbonara
Gibraltar at Grove Isle (address and info)
Don’t let that giant, intimidating guard at the end of the bridge to Grove Isle intimidate you. As long as you tell him you’re there to visit the place slinging this Lobster Cavatappi Carbonara mac and cheese with bacon and peas, he’ll wave you right through. He may or may not also ask you to bring some back for him. Dude didn’t get that big eating salad, ya know.
Lobster Mac and Cheese
RED, The Steakhouse (address and info)
You might say LeBron would be the best Cleveland transplant to take his talents to South Beach, but since he doesn’t actually play in South Beach, that title goes to Peter Vauthy, who’s not only got one of Miami’s top five steakhouses, but also one of the best off-menu items, best donuts, some of the best tapas, and now, thanks to this Béchamel-, fresh herbs-, and lobster-filled dish, some of the best mac and cheese, too.
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1. Blue Collar Restaurant6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
2. Bourbon Steak19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura
3. Huahua's Taqueria1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach
4. Royal Pig Pub350 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
5. Maxine's Bistro & Bar1756 Collins Ave, Miami
6. American Social Bar & Restaurant721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
7. The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar432 W 41st St, Miami Beach
8. Batch Gastropub30 SW 12th St, Miami
9. Gibraltar4 Grove Isle Drive, Coconut Grove
10. Red, The Steakhouse119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach
Blue Collar's mission is to give off a true neighborhood hang-out vibe, which it successfully does with a huge menu of comfort food staples. Every day, the kitchen serves a different rib dish (baby back, short ribs, spare ribs, etc), parmesan dish (chicken, veal, pork, eggplant, etc), and a braised dish (brisket, pot roast, ox tails, pork shoulder). There's a whole chalkboard of vegetable sides to counter the meaty entrées, and appetizers like definitely-order-or-you'll-regret-it potato latkes. Don't even get us started on brunch -- just make sure you get there early.
Free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger make this Aventura spot easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.
This Mex-taurant's got you covered from morning to late-night, with breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and tacos. They've got a great beer selection, strawberry-passionfruit and lime margs, and even dog biscuits and outdoor water bowls if your pooch's along for the ride.
This gastropub serves up innovative eats in Fort Lauderdale, including their namesake mac and cheese that's made with white cheddar Oaxaca cheese and Andouille bread crumbs. Stop by this Las Olas hot spot for drinks and more.
Because it's nestled into a hotel, you can score the delicious, comfort-foody eats at Maxine's (sliders, mac and cheese, pizzas, etc) 24hrs a day.
This Las Olas spot serves up stuff like filet mignon and roasted red pepper pesto flatbreads, BBQ boursin short ribs, and more, out of their Americana-inspired digs.
If you think New American food tastes best when consumed in a space with all the opulence of Jay Gatsby’s mansion-meets a medieval library-meets a Tim Burton-themed wedding a la Martha Stewart, well -- you should probably try to grab a highly coveted reservation at the Forge. Regulars rave over gussied up comfort food like the black truffle macaroni and cheese pot pie, decadently tempting enough that you’ll likely ignore the server’s advice to “let it cool.” Fortunately, the cavernous wine cellar – one of the largest in Miami – features enough chilled wines to offer a cooling respite.
You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.
Set in the Northern tip of Grove Isle, Gibraltar gutted the Southern colonial Baleen space (sorry, no more monkey statues) and imbued it with a more modern vibe, while retaining the killer views of Biscayne Bay via the indoor/outdoor patio.
Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.