Food & Drink

Portland's 8 Best Mac and Cheese Spots

Published On 03/19/2014 Published On 03/19/2014
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Happy Hour Honeys
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
The Cheese Plate PDX
Drew Tyson
Mac! Mac and Cheesery
Smokehouse 21
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1. Davis Street Tavern 500 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209

Serving up classic American with inventive twists, (dungeness crab bisque with sautéed squash!), Davis Street brings inovative comfort food to the Pearl.

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2. Podnah's Pit BBQ 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

Podnah's Pit's a smoked meat temple in Portland with BBQ styles emulating Carolina and Texas. According to locals, there is no finer barbecue fare in Portland than the dishes served up a Podnah's, and we can't help but agree. Their ribs and brisket are as close to perfect as barbecue can be.

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3. Dig A Pony 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Pony was conceived after the owner's band stopped performing and a pal suggested opening a bar, which just opened at Morrison and Grand with a windowed wedge concealing a surprisingly huge riverboat saloon interior with a massive 60ft-long horseshoe bar, original 1917 mosaic tiling, and a "minimal if non-Beatles feel"...wait, so this is a Beatles bar or something?

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4. Swift Lounge 1932 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Swift Lounge has got a weekly line up of shows, a "Hangover Brunch" on Saturdays and Sundays, plus cocktails like the Diesel, which's made with bourbon, root beer liqueur, and walnut bitters. Stop by for a sissy or fatty cocktail (small or large), served in one of Swift's widely-appreciate mason jars.

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5. Mac! 3936 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97211

Cooked up after the better half of a comfort food-loving duo was laid off from her gig as an HR consultant, Mac! is a bright temple of elbow noodles and melty cheese, clever variations on which're served in cheery confines where yellow walls sport an astonishing rotating collection of vintage lunchboxes featuring a '60s Superman, a gun-toting John Rambo, and a 'Hoffed Knight Rider, which presumably formerly had many, many cheeseburgers in it.

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6. Smokehouse 21 413 NW 21st, Portland, OR 97209

Famous for its succulent smoked meats of all kinds ranging from cow to lamb, served with your choice of sauce and sides like mac and cheese or pickled veggies. We think that Smokehouse 21 serves up some of the best barbecue dishes in Portland, and we highly recommend that you stop by and check them out.

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7. Screen Door 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Screen Door knows Southern cookin', modeling their menu off of such spots as South Carolina Lowcountry and Cajun flavors from New Orleans. What's more, their meals are made with local organic produce and meats to ensure you appreciate the food as much as they do.