Denver's five best dishes of mac and cheese
Macaroni and cheese is one of our ultimate comfort foods, a dish quintessential to our youth, since most parents -- even the ones who didn't know how to cook anything that didn't come from a box -- could whip up a batch of the stuff for a play date. And usually it was the kind made from orange cheddar, butter, cream and elbow macaroni, a glistening pile of noodles that held no nutritional value whatsoever, fulfilling all of our childhood dreams.
Lori Midson Mac and cheese at the Copper Pot.
Our tastes have grown up, but it's still the simpler versions of cheesy pasta that really win us over. Here are four more favorites:
Interstate Kitchen & Bar
The Interstate version of mac is fairly straightforward, and it's also ideal: elbow macaroni in a little clay pot, sharp and stringy with English cheddar, mozzarella and house-made béchamel, and dusted with scorched breadcrumbs. Scallions pepper the top, and the bites that include the fresh nip of those onions are the most satisfying of all. And if you like extras in your dish, the kitchen will happily add bacon, mushrooms or any vegetable it has on hand.
The secret to the mac and cheese at Rackhouse Pub is beer -- specifically, Railyard Ale. That amber gets poured into the blend of five-cheese roux before the concoction gets topped with breadcrumbs and baked. Beer and cheese are a match made in heaven, and here, the ale adds depth to the crispy, stretchy mess of pasta on the plate.