No matter where you roam, sometimes you just find yourself needing the comforting cheesy goodness of a bowl of mac and cheese. Thanks to California’s vast culinary scene, you can find everything from basic bowls, to gourmet varieties, and so much more. Take a look at just 10 of the best ways to eat mac and cheese in California.
Elbows is a small chain with locations in both Cerritos and Brea. The mac and cheese centric menu has versions that will satisfy kids and classic mac and cheese lovers as well as those that like to get a little more creative. You’ll find spicy, vegan versions and other mac and cheese riffs alongside more cheesy goodness like grilled cheese sandwiches and pizzas.
Mission Cheese has a whole lot of cheese and cheese-related goodness, including a classic rendition of mac and cheese using better than usual cheesy ingredients.
Social Kitchen is also a brewery, so you’ll find lots of comfort foods that pair well with beer, including the signature mac and cheese with truffle oil. If you’re not feeling the chef’s take, then you can also create your own mac and cheese dish, opting to make it more basic or more creative as you build.
At Wayfare Tavern you can find updated takes on bar food and classic comfort foods, including a mac and cheese with a smoky spin.
World famous Chef Thomas Keller is renowned for his luxurious take on mac and cheese, which you can find at his Bouchon Bistros. Decadent lobster mac and cheese is the dish you didn’t know you were missing.
Joan’s on Third presents a perfectly square take on mac and cheese casserole. It’s no frills and no fuss, just like you make it at home.
Fred 62 is a classic diner with a modern perspective so that you can get diner dishes any time of day or night. Try the mac and cheese balls that make a perfect late night snack or opt for the more traditional version of creamy noodles in a plate.
Homeroom Mac + Cheese is what your school cafeteria would have served if your school cafeteria didn’t suck because it served a whole lot of mac and cheese. Mac and cheese as reimagined by Homeroom includes plain versions, garlicky versions, spicy variations and even the creative power to make your very own mac and cheese.
Mister A’s mac and cheese is probably the classiest mac and cheese side dish around. In fact, people head to the higher end restaurant just to fill up on a bowl of Mister A’s famous mac and cheese with black truffles and pancetta—a meal in itself.
Toronado features mac and cheese that is either smoky or spicy, however you like it to wash down with your choice of beer. If you just want a taste, opt for a half order during the late-night hours to avoid going to bed with heartburn after a night out.