Denver's ten best macaroni and cheese dishes
The mac and cheese at Sputnik has gone through several evolutions, and the current version is out of this world -- a tasty combination of cheddar, asiago, monterey jack, cheez-it crumbs, and green onion, served in a big bowl with no frills and no extras. But you don't need them.
If you like your meal cooked in a skillet in a wood-fired oven (and come on! who doesn't?!) this mac and cheese is for you. That sizzling skillet holds cavatappi, a creamy four-cheese bechamel sauce, and smoked bacon and tomato; diners have the option of adding roast chicken or mushrooms.
The macaroni and cheese at Mizuna has been a hit since Frank Bonanno first put it on Mizuna's menu. This dish represents the highest elevation of a traditionally low-brow dish: simple elbow pasta dressed with smooth mascarpone cheese, beurre blanc, poached lobster and delicate lobster oil. White pepper and chervil round out this perfect plate for the most elegant -- and pricey -- take on macaroni we've ever tried, which won the Best Mac and Cheese award in the Best of Denver 2013.