Denver's ten best macaroni and cheese dishes

Categories: Best of Denver

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Lori Midson
The lobster mac and cheese at Mizuna.
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.

See also:
- Best Mac and Cheese 2013
- Denver's five best dishes of mac and cheese
- 100 Favorite Dishes: Lobster macaroni and cheese from Mizuna

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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.

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Lori Midson
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.

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8) Steuben's
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.

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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.

Continue reading for more favorites.

Location Info

The Hornet

76 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Mizuna

225 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Tom's Home Cookin'

800 E. 26th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Steuben's Food Service

523 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

D Bar Desserts - CLOSED

1475 E. 17th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Centennial Tavern at Jonesy's

400 E. 20th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Serioz Pizzeria - CLOSED

1336 E. 17th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sassafras American Eatery

2637 W. 26th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sputnik

3 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

Ignite Burgers & Lounge

2124 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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32 comments
Rosa Alex
Rosa Alex

Curt Thomas we should go try every one if them

boblawblah.colo
boblawblah.colo

The Universe is an inherently chaotic place; where the seemingly insignificant can have a profound impact, forever altering the course of even the most rationally constructed paths. A delicate and remarkably elegant balance on the precipice of decay. Where the laws governing the simple reality of matter reside in a realm of complexity at the very edge of cerebral function. Basically what I am saying is the author of this list has made an error of omission, one so glaring in it's overt disregard of the public's wellbeing that it simply couldn't have resulted from a mere dereliction of duty but could only be attributed to, and as a direct result of the chaotic Universe in which we reside. As a lover of all cheese covered pasta, but more importantly, as a human being, and regardless of culpability, I ask, nay demand, a correction of the offensive list to include the cheese covered macaroni offered at Solera. I know you'll do the right thing.

monopod
monopod

How come only one of these places gets a picture of the actual mac n' cheese there?  The article would be much more useful if we had pics of each one to compare.  I'm sure you've got an intern willing to take one for the team and spend a week eating and snapping photos of mac n' cheese....

nyislander33
nyislander33

I can't believe no one has mentioned Scruffy Murphy's. Their Mac and cheese is amazing and it lacks a lot of the pretentious frills and bs many places put into their Mac and cheese these days.

Neal Robbins
Neal Robbins

Annie's Cafe Mac 'n Cheese omelette.... nuff said

bigMAC
bigMAC

FRESHCRAFT's mac n cheese is the best ! You really do need to try it- they recently put it on the menu . . it's got an amazingly crispy and tall puff pastry on top that crunches beautifully through the mac and smoked cheddar cheese and serano chilies . . I need some now!

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

The best mac and cheese comes from my own kitchen.  (Incidentally, in the Navy, mac and cheese was referred to by many crew members as "Earwax Souffle".)

Kenyon Anderson
Kenyon Anderson

Anyone for Kraft Mac N Cheese? You know; the one in the blue box. Pure childhood heaven.

Sarah Moss
Sarah Moss

I would also add Yard House (yes, I know it's not local).

Sarah Bunch Worton
Sarah Bunch Worton

The Copper Pot! Have it as it comes or mix in any or all of your favorite toppings. I like it best with bacon and fresh jalapeño. Mmmm!

Heather Fling
Heather Fling

Make my own best mac & cheese. .my daughter love's the way I make it..♥

Kyle Huber
Kyle Huber

The Rackhouse absolutely.. best mac n cheese that I've ever had

Fallene Wells
Fallene Wells

Solera truffle mac and cheese with scallops is amazing!

Chandra Jones
Chandra Jones

how can you not have the rackhouse on here?! seriously, the best mac n cheese i've ever eaten. and i've eaten a lot of mac n cheese.

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

Other excellent versions can be found at the Rackhouse and Highland Tap & Burger.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Hops and Pie.

Ham hock, IPA, peas, multiple cheeses.

Delicious.

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