Food & Drink

The 8 Best Mac & Cheese Spots in MSP Right Now

Published On 05/04/2015 Published On 05/04/2015
Wilde Roast Cafe
Eli's Food and Cocktails
Flickr/Tony Webster
Smack Shack
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1. Wilde Roast's Cafe 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

With their black granite bar spoting eight taps including locals like Summit and Grain Belt, and Oscar Wilde-ian takes on classic cocktails like the Dorian Gray Goose Martini, Wilde Roast Cafe is your go-to for drinks and eats in Northeast.

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2. Eli's Food & Cocktails 1225 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This little Downtown bistro serves some pretty serious hot dogs, including the Big Ben topped with smokey bacon and cheddar cheese, and the Sloppy Dog, which comes with sloppy joe meat and a slice of American cheese, but don't forget to try the cocktails too!

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3. Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

This laid-back Whittier spot hosts live indie and jazz music acts daily in a two-story, polished industrial bar and restaurant (complete with plenty of large, comfy leather booths for the whole party). Head upstairs and watch the show, or stay downstairs for gourmet European and American fare like lobster gnocchi or a lamb platter. And it wouldn't be a real night at the Icehouse without going for one of their specialty cocktails or something from its massive top-shelf whiskey collection.

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4. Smack Shack 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Previously, the seafood-centric fare from Smack Shack was only available out of a food truck, but now it's served up in a spacious warehouse setting with plenty of seats available that aren't a curb or roadside bench.

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5. Brasa Premium Rotisserie 777 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

For whatever reason, the folks at Brasa can do no wrong. They serve Creole-insprired comfort food. One dish you must try? The mac & cheese. There’s absolutely nothing fancy about it. It has macaroni and it has cheese. The end.

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6. Revival 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

This place is serving fried chicken and other fine Southern fare.

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7. HauteDish 119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The revered HauteDish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac & cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos, and steak & potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast (go for the chicken & waffles), lunch, and dinner, but if you go in later hours, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house-made cocktails and dozens of draft beers from nearby breweries, too.

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8. George & the Dragon 813 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN

Proving that those greedy, greedy firemen aren't the only ones who can capitalize on a building burning down (getting hosed, indeed!): George & the Dragon, an old-school, dark-wood-heavy neighborhood public house now opening in the formerly smoldering Blackbird space.