Food & Drink

MSP's 7 Best Mac and Cheese Spots

Published On 04/30/2014 Published On 04/30/2014
Red Stag supper club mac
Carl Brendan
The Lowry
Carl Brendan
Good Day Cafe
Mesa Pizza
Carl Brendan
William Lavigne
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1. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Uptown)

Finally gorgeous-ifying the building that made the block cringe for years, The Lowry's a boozy, modern diner decked with clean leather booths, stained concrete floors, rich wood everywhere, and a sleek fireplace near the hostess stand, which is hopefully staffed by some good-looking HoHos.

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2. Red Stag Supperclub 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Red Stag's got organic, Northwoods-inspired eats, classic cocktails, and live music nightly.

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3. Good Day Café Bad Day Bar 5410 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416

As American as a blueberry muffin (which they have on their baked goods menu), this place is offering up traditional comfort food options, like burgers and made-from-scratch fries. Don't miss their gussied up takes on classics, too, like the maac and cheese with gorgonzola, fontina, aged Wisconsin cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato, and smoky bacon with a roasted garlic crust.

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4. Mesa Pizza Uptown 1440 W Lake St, Uptown, MN 55408 (Uptown)

A late night favorite, Mesa prides itself on its wide and eccentric range of pizza toppings, but their signature slice is the infamous macaroni and cheese pizza featuring creamy sauce and noodles baked on to one of their enormous by-the-slice pieces.

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5. Brasa Premium Rotisserie 777 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (Summit Hill Crocus Hill)

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. HauteDish 119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (Downtown)

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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7. Smack Shack 603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (North Loop)

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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