9 Best Macaroni & Cheese Dishes in Los Angeles
|Nook Bistro mac|
The mac & cheese at Nook Bistro offers the perfect first bite. A combination of crispy top and creamy innards that captures a bit of that yin/yang thing the Santa Monica set is always running on about. Indeed, it's that balanced bite of Parmesan, cheddar and gorgonzola with its crumby, herby crust that separates Nook from a run-of-the-mill bistro mac. The Caesar side salad is nice, too. 11628 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. (310) 207-5160.
5. Chef Marilyn's Soul Food Express
Emma Courtland Soul Mac
Many people will tell you the best place to eat soul food-style mac & cheese in Los Angeles is at Roscoe's, and they may be right, since Soul Buffet, home to our favorite soul food mac, is to-go only. Chef Marilyn's mac is soft, buttery and sharp, colored the kind of orange that slows traffic. She'll also pack more into a Styrofoam cup than you believed possible and call you "sugar" when ringing you up. Even better: It's just $2.50 for a side here, compared to $4.90 at Roscoe's. 5068 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-3879.
4. Grilled Cheese Truck
Aaron Stein-Chester Grilled Cheese Truck's Cheesy Mac and Rib
It's called the Cheesy Mac and Rib. An innovation of architecture and artistry, a reinvention of the wheel -- macaroni and cheese between two slices of grilled buttermilk bread with sharp melted cheddar -- worthy of dual commendations as an upgrade to both the grilled cheese sandwich and the classic mac & cheese. The noodles add body to the grilled sandwich, while the bread adds portability and a concentrated toasty crunch to the mac. BBQ pork and caramelized onions -- for a $1.75 extra -- add the perfect sweetness.
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