Food & Drink

Where to Get the 12 Best Mac & Cheese Dishes in SF Right Now

Published On 02/17/2015 Published On 02/17/2015
Blue Plate
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Fat Angel
4505 Meats
Jamber Wine Pub
Klyde Café & Wine Bar
The Melt
Joe Starkey
Thrillist
Soul Groove
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1. The Blue Plate 3218 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

This Bernal Heights resto serves up American eats (which are mostly organic and locally sourced) in the form of large plates, small plates, and sides in a comfy setting featuring both indoor and outdoor seating.

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2. Citizen's Band 1198 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Merging the look of an old school diner with entrees of a more sophisticated sort, Citizen’s Band offers an upscale reprieve from gritty SoMa. Popular orders include a baked mac and cheese dish stacked with giant fried onion rings and smothered with cheddar fonduta, and poutine with coffee bacon gravy. And if none of the savory options tantalize you, don't worry: dessert items, including ultra rich cobblers, sundaes, and cakes, come courtesy of Pinkie’s Bakery.

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3. Fat Angel 1740 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Fillmore)

Fat Angel, based in the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, serves comfort food with a sophisticated edge. You're also bound to find a good beer or wine to wash it all down.

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4. 4505 Burgers & BBQ 705 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94112

An offshoot of the original 4505 Meats, this burger and 'cue shack is one for the Divis books. This butcher-owned and operated spot takes meat and barbecue seriously, with loaded platters of pulled pork, smoked ribs, and hot sausage, and quarter-pound grass-fed burgers. No matter if your main is in the form of a sandwich or platter, don't overlook the fixin's -- the fried mac & cheese with a hot dog inside is an insanely delicious creation.

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5. Jamber Wine Pub 858 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Jamber isn't a typical wine bar, it's a wine pub. All of the wines are from California, and they're all on tap. There are also over 10 beers on tap, also from California. To top it off, the SOMA spot has a really, really good food menu with things like mac & cheese pizza, poutine, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Oh, and one more thing: Jamber opens at 11:30am during the week and has outlets for your computer, so it's kind of the perfect place to wine and work.

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6. Klyde Cafe & Wine Bar 386 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

A pleasant oasis from the tourist-driven madness of Union Square, Klyde's will welcome you with open arms and $5 glasses of wine at their 3-7pm weekday happy hour. If you can brave the Forever 21 bag-toting hordes on weekends, the crab and fried green tomato benedict on the brunch menu will make you glad you did.

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7. Rickybobby 400 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

You know it's a sweet place when it has two first names for its only name. And if you like cheap and hearty eats, soft lighting and crazy crap on the walls, you'll love Rickybobby.

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8. Social Kitchen & Brewery 1326 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Inner Sunset)

A go-to for beer geeks right off of Golden Gate Park, this 18-tap hops haven leans heavily on its own award-winning brews but leaves a solid number of lines open for excellent guest taps as well. Bartenders are equally welcoming and knowledgeable, the truffle mac & cheese is some of SF's best, and there's a full bar available in case some of your companions are avoiding gluten.

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9. Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing 2505 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

The folks behind Magnolia Brewing Company expanded their beloved operation with this hip warehouse-style brewpub in Dogpatch (exposed pipe and reclaimed wood abound), which not only boasts a huge, on-site brewing system that can produce up to 30 barrels, but also -- across the room -- smoked-in-house BBQ offerings including sausage, brisket, and Wagyu beef ribs. There's even a full-of-surprises cocktail program that slings exceptional whiskey concoctions like the Dutchman's Flat with rye, ginger, honey, lemon, toasted Nori, and beef bouillon (didn't see that one coming, did you?).

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10. Soul Groove 422 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

There may be other places in San Francisco to buy top-notch illegal substances, but we're willing to bet that there aren't many near a late-night chicken & waffles joint. Of course, this spot is in the Tenderloin, and is armed with a menu that features bacon wrapped fried chicken sandwiches, buttermilk waffles, pulled pork, and more.