For the Love of Cheese: Philly's Best Mac & Cheese Dishes
If you said that you didn't like mac & cheese, it's either because you're (sadly) lactose-intolerant, or straight-up lying. This is a safe space; your love of cheese-based dishes (cheesesteaks included) is embraced and encouraged. Thus, we've searched Philly and its suburbs to find the best mac & cheese dishes, bringing a pair of sweatpants along with us. There's no shame in clearing your afternoon for a solid nap after one of these.
Lobster mac & cheese
Village Whiskey (address and info)
Though this Jose Garces spot gets a lot of love for its burger (one of the best in town, some might say), it’s not to say Village Whiskey can’t serve some gooey, cheesy carbs of the same caliber. Enter the fontina-and-mascarpone-drenched lobster mac, topped with crumbs and mixed with perfectly tender lobster chunks. This is the lobster mac n’ cheese combo that'll make you forget you were supposed to order that other thing on the menu.
Mac & cheese pizza
Birra (address and info)
Consider this a youthful take on white pizza; instead of splotches of ricotta, there are chunks of macaroni, Taleggio, pecorino, fontina, and mozzarella, and just the right amount of herbs and seasoning.
Baked mac & cheese
The Fat Ham (address and info)
No Southern comfort food menu would be complete without a side (or center?) of mac & cheese, and the aptly named Fat Ham delivers. Served straight from the pot (don't burn yourself in greedy haste), the dish separates itself from other cheesy wannabes with an artful sprinkle of smoked cracker crumbs.
Short rib mac & cheese fritters
The Sidecar Bar & Grille (address and info)
Fried mac & cheese is undoubtedly the perfect bar snack. Add short rib to that spherical equation -- or any of the other special concoctions Sidecar invents (looking at you, mac & cheese carbonara) -- and you have the most delicious thing to happen at happy hour since beer.
MeltKraft (address and info)
Reading Terminal Market
Brisket, sharp cheddar, and baked mac & cheese come together in one golden, crispy sandwich at this stand in the east end of Reading Terminal Market. If that’s not quite enough mastery to hold in your own two hands, make things even more interesting/terrifying by adding some bacon, chicken, or truffle oil into the mix before the whole thing's baked in duck fat. If you’ve already made it that far, why hold back?
Mac & cheese
Franky Bradley’s (address and info)
For another creative take on a traditional mac & cheese plate, look to one of the trendiest places in Center City, dually serving as the place to get your dance on every weekend. Find braised ham hocks and oven dried tomatoes in Franky Bradley's rich three-cheese sauce. Top it off with garlic breadcrumbs, and you've officially carbo-loaded in preparation for dancing all night.
Spicy crab mac & cheese
Christopher’s (address and info)
By now, you should know there are many, many foodie treasures on the Main Line. It’s only fitting that one of the painfully hippest areas in Wayne would be home to an atypical mac & cheese appetizer: four kinds of cheeses are blended with chunks of fresh crabmeat and spicy tomatoes. Wash it down with a blueberry mojito.
Tableside mac & cheese
Azie (address and info)
Well out into the suburbs, it’s easy to justify a trip to Azie for this five-cheese macaroni, mixed with jumbo shrimp and topped with crispy quinoa. Even more tantalizing is Azie's trick of cooking the masterpiece at your table.
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