Food & Drink

The best mac and cheese dishes SF (and Oakland!) has to offer

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
The Tipsy Pig
Mission Cheese
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1. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen 1 S Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

From the seven-time winner of the Grilled Cheese Invitational and her biz-savvy BF, AGCK's a triumphant homage to the food-diction you never quite kicked. Set up in a SOMA space that rocks a big, heat-lamped patio and a nostalgic '50s aesthetic via milk bottle light fixtures and a multi-media mural comprised of old postcards and cuckoo clocks, providing the backdrop for the sandwich action for which you came. You can keep it basic or reach for next-level creations like Mushroom Gruyere (with roasted potato and melted leeks) or the Mac n Cheese... which you can probably figure out.

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2. Homeroom 400 40th St, Oakland, CA 94609

Dedicated to perfecting one of man's greatest foodstuffs, Homeroom is a mac & cheese joint decked out with wooden tables built from salvaged Sequoia High football bleachers and a chalkboard map of California. The kitchen rethinks the classic after-school dish with gourmet variations like Dungeness crab mac and Mac the Goat, which plays host to chèvre and scallions, and continues the trip down memory lane with comforting desserts like oversized homemade Oreos and decadent fudge brownies.

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3. Pig & Pie 2962 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Mission's Pig & Pie is occupying what used to be the Discolandia record store but instead of keeping you on a steady diet of whatever people ate in the 70s, P&P is a 45-seat sausage-eria that's serving up a host of sandwiches (bratwurst, hot Italian, hot dogs), BBQ plates (braised pork, pork meatballs, fried chicken), and daily pie selections that change with the seasons.

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4. Grub 758 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

GRUB's got an insane mac and cheese bar, awesome comfort food (think burgers, fried chicken, etc.), and delicious brews.

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5. The Tipsy Pig 2231 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Brunch and the Marina go together like bacon and eggs (and bottomless mimosas), and The Tipsy Pig has all these things, plus everything else you could ever want in a gastropub. Outdoor patio? Check. 40 local and worldly brews? Check. Cocktails? You get the idea. You’re going to want to get here early on a Sunday morning to stake out a spot outside and stay here all day chowing down on huevos rancheros, old-fashioned doughnuts, and the killer burger.

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6. Polo Grounds 747 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Whether you’re getting pumped for a day at the ballpark or winding down after a day at the office, Polo Grounds has your back. Daily drink and food specials keep patrons of this SoMa sports bar satiated on a dime, while pints of Guinness and menu items like the “Freak Dog” (an all-beef hot dog covered in jalapeno mac and cheese, on an artisan roll) keep regulars coming back for more.

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7. Mission Cheese 736 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Combine San Joaquin Gold & chevre cheeses, Dalmatia fig jam, and La Quercia prosciutto. Press that sucker on olive-oil slathered Josey Baker bread. Eat, while drinking a Pac Brew Labs Squid Ink. Give everyone in Mission Cheese high fives. Or "daps", if they're into that.