Food & Drink

The 8 best mac and cheese dishes in Seattle

Published On 03/12/2014 Published On 03/12/2014
Mac and cheese
Chona Kasinger
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Chona Kasinger
Liam's
West 5
Jemil's Big Easy
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1. West 5 4539 California Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

A local West Seattle staple, West 5 focuses on quality ingredients and has won zillions of accolades for things ranging from their mac and cheese to their bloody marys.

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2. Skillet Diner 2034 NW 56th St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

A food truck-gone-fine establishment in Seattle, serving up amazing New American comfort food, such as sandwiches, cheesy grits with pork belly, and waffles with all sorts of meat on them, and the like. Airy digs and plenty of seating make this a great spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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3. Bitterroot BBQ 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Nothing beats the smell that emanates from Bitterroot's custom smoker and fills its reclaimed brick- and wood-laden space. Specializing its own bbq formula they've dubbed "Northwest style," this waterside Old Ballard spot dry rubs their ribs, briskets, roasted chickens, and pulled porks and comes with four house-made sauces: apple- and cola-based sweet, tangy Carolina mustard, spicy chipotle, and garlic vinegar. The tiled bar in the back is the icing on the cake with flights and specialty cocktails from their impressive aged whiskey collection.

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4. Pinky's Kitchen 211 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (Wallingford)

Proving sliders are more than just a vehicle from which to dispense hilarious, pithy quips about Jerry O'Connell and that fat bearded dude traveling to a parallel universe where penicillin had not been invented, are the two dudes (one behind Rancho Bravo, the other the former owner of Bizzarro Italian) behind the slider-heavy, BBQ-inspired menu at Pinky's Kitchen, their dispenser of "pig 'n chips", which is also a short-lived spin-off in which Ponch and John compete over chubby women.

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5. Liam's 2685 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

Serving up contemporary American eats like their Braised Lamb Shank, which comes with roasted parsnips, fennel, all in a riesling braise, Liam's sources local ingredients without additives or preservatives.

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6. Golden Beetle 1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Golden Beetle serves Eastern Mediterranean eats (that're a staggering 95% certified wild/organic) in a 90-seat blue-trimmed space that's lit by custom-cut glass lanterns.

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7. The 5 Point Cafe 415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

It's hard to argue with this quirky's dive's tagline: "Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929" -- these guys have been serving boozy concoctions way under the radar since just before the end of prohibition, and it shows. The same goes for its heaping breakfasts of chicken & biscuits, plate-sized pancakes, and vegetarian hash and endless selection of classic burgers, sandwiches, and classic American comfort foods that make an ideal pair for a pint or specialty cocktail.

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