Mac & cheese is the world's ultimate comfort food, but it can't do its job and briefly distract you from... say, all the stuff you've been missing out on recently if you don't know where to get a decent bowl. To that end, we scoured Seattle for the sweetest macaroni-based dishes, tried them all, then took a nap, and finally assembled this list of the 206's 10 most delightful dairy-drenched dishes.
What you’re getting: Macaroni & Cheese with Gouda & White Cheddar
This dark and heavily taxidermied affair off 15th Ave serves a version of this staple that's cheesier than... um, the jokes that sometimes appear in a certain lifestyle site that rhymes with "illest."
What you're getting: Pinky's Mac 'n Cheese
The Pinky’s menu describes its mac as fusilli pasta in a rich, creamy Béchamel made with smoked provolone, sharp cheddar, and topped with a crispy panko crust... but we describe it as the perfect pile of cheese and pasta. Tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to.
What you’re getting: 360 Mac & cheese
Because it's Local 360, everything in the creamy skillet of delightfully dairy-covered pasta is locally sourced, and you can get it with bacon, obviously.
What you’re getting: Beecher's Original "World's Best" Mac and Cheese
Made with Beecher’s very own flagship cheese, Liam’s cheesiest dish is available on Tuesday, on which they celebrate an all day happy hour. This version has kale, Mama Lil's peppers, and cheese -- lots and lots of cheese.
What you’re getting: Who knows?!
Americana has a whopping selection of five different mac & cheeses to choose from, including a traditional bread crumb-laced affair, and one chock-full of French onions or cheesesteak; there’s a dish for every night of the week here.
What you’re getting: Build-your-own mac & cheese
Whatever your heart desires, you can make it so at Bitterroot thanks to its custom ordering system. Pick two meats from its list (pulled pork, sliced hot links, bacon lardons) and the pile 'em onto a bowl of rich elbow macaroni. Plus, you get the whole thing for just $10.
Lower Queen Anne
What you’re getting: Pork Belly Mac & Cheese
Triumph Bar’s Pork Belly Mac & Cheese touts foraged mushrooms, truffle oil, and chives, effectively making it the best thing to hit lower Queen Anne’s since Gary Payton (RIP Sonics!). Trust us on this one, this jam packed mac is what late-night dreams are made of.
What you’re getting: Dottie’s Mac ‘n Cheese
This Ballard spot dishes up their famous Dottie’s Mac 'n Cheese daily. What makes it so famous? This creamy baked mac & cheese has Beecher’s flagship and Tillamook sharp cheddar, but for a dollar more, you can score yourself the mac of the day, which can mean anything from Gorgonzola and herbs to chorizo and tomato.
What you’re getting: Shawn’s Vegan Mac
Shawn’s Vegan Mac is made with a secret recipe, so not much can be divulged as to what’s in this cheesy goodness but hey… it doesn't taste vegan, so we’re not asking questions.
What you’re getting: Build-your-own Mac & Cheese Mondays
At Golden Beetle, Monday hosts a magical day of cheesy carb eating. Customize your pasta with a bevy of options from sauce and cheese to meat. Whether it’s Gruyère or smoked gouda you’re after, you are the master of your destiny on this one.
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1. Smith332 15th Ave E, Seattle
2. Pinky's Kitchen211 NE 45th St, Seattle
3. Local 3602234 1st Ave, Seattle
4. Liam's2685 NE 46th St, Seattle
5. Americana219 Broadway E, Seattle
6. Bitterroot BBQ5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
7. Triumph Bar114 Republican St, Seattle
8. The Gerald5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
9. Cafe Pettirosso1101 E Pike St, Seattle
10. Golden Beetle1744 NW Market St, Seattle
Dig into rustic pub fare, craft cocktails, and an "uncommon" beer selection at Smith in Seattle. This Capitol Hill area fave run by the proprietors of other Emerald City hotspots Linda's, King's Hardware, and Oddfellows Cafe, is known for their dependable menu of elevated and seasonal New American dinner and brunch selections. The warm and welcoming woodsy, lodge like interior provides the perfect setting for hearty and unique farmhouse style dishes and drinks.
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.
Local 360 sources most things from within 360mi of the city, and Matt's in the Market gets almost everything from the stalls in Pike Place Market downstairs.
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.
Americana’s Kentucky Gentleman, made with Maker’s, muddled ginger, and mint syrup is just one of the many creative 'tails that await you in this Cap Hill drinkery. Located just off Broadway, Americana also serves flights, so you have no excuse not to order the maple-glazed pork belly, because you've got loooootssss to wash it down with.
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.
Triumph Bar’s pork belly mac & cheese touts foraged mushrooms, truffle oil, and chives, effectively making it the best thing to hit lower Queen Anne’s since Gary Payton (RIP Sonics!). Trust us on this one, this jam packed mac is what late-night dreams are made of.
Taking over the former Elephants Gerald t-shirt shop in a way even DJ Khaled could admire, this latest Ballard Ave boozer pays homage to the jet-set '60s with its list of Golden Age cocktails & period foodstuffs, plus a mod-ish interior decked with inky blue patterned wallpaper, and a light wood bar backed by geometric shelves & hexagonal mirrors.
Cafe Pettirosso serves up quaint homestyle eats like Shepard's Pie layered w/ seasonal veggies, taters & Painted Hill ground chuck, as well as grilled quail w/ radicchio & olives, and a Bolito Misto stew w/ beef brisket, chicken leg & sausage. Cocktails include the classics (Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule), plus more inventive tipples like the the vodka- and Creme de Viollette-based Purple Rain.