Denver's ten best macaroni and cheese dishes
During this snowy spring, it often feels like we have one foot out the door to summer, and one still back by the fire, sticking loyally to our favorite winter comfort foods. As with fans of grilled cheese, lovers of macaroni and cheese divide into two factions: the progressive thinkers and the purists. Some like their macaroni folded into decadent, multiple-cheese sauces riddled with mushrooms, greens or seafood; others remain faithful to elbows swimming in the bliss of simple, silky cheese. Here (in no particular order) is our list of Denver's ten best macaroni and cheese dishes; there should be something here to please everyone along the spectrum.
Lori Midson The lobster mac and cheese at Mizuna.
10) The Hornet
Since the Hornet is a Broadway mainstay known for its comfort-heavy menu, it's no surprise that its rendition of mac and cheese is a crowd favorite. The "shells and cheddar" kicks it up a notch with lobster, applewood bacon, cheddar, and fontina, then is baked under a layer of cheese and toasted bread crumbs. When your fork hits the top, it gives way to a gratifying, creamy center. This mac and cheese is simple and to the point -- with a few tasty surprises along the way.
9) Tom's Home Cookin'
This soul-food joint in Five Points puts out a simple, no-nonsense macaroni and cheese for the purists out there. Cheese-packed, creamy and hearty, it's just as delicious on its own as it is served as a side and doused in Tom's barbecue sauce -- that is, if you're willing to compromise the dish's authenticity with a condiment.
Steuben's blends American, cheddar, camembert, fontina and Swiss cheeses in its traditional rendition, which is baked and topped with a toasted breadcrumb crust. This is unfussy -- if not over-abundant -- cheese perfection at its finest.
7) D Bar Desserts
The lunch and dinner offerings at D Bar Desserts are often overlooked in favor of their sweeter counterparts, and understandably so. But the baked mac & cheese alone is worthy of a visit here. Made with four cheeses, a layer of toasty cheese nips and panko crumbs, and served with a simple salad, this is a good mac that almost seems good for you, too.
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