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5 Best Spots for Mac n’ Cheese in Edmonton

 

Best Mac 'n' Cheese in Edmonton

Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Edmonton: here’s where to indulge (Photo: michaeln3)

Chefs at several Edmonton restaurant have put their creative culinary skills to work to design some tasty mac ‘n’ cheese variations, meaning there’s no reason to tire of  this comfort-food staple when you’re in town. Here are our picks for the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Edmonton.

1. BLUE PLATE DINER
Though everything on the menu at this upscale comfort-food destination is worth a try, locals are in love with the delicious Mac and Cheese and visit the restaurant specifically for this dish: corkscrew noodles tossed with three cheeses and coated in a buttery cream sauce. Even Justin Bieber named Blue Plate Diner his restaurant of choice when he visited Edmonton for a concert in October 2012.
• Blue Plate Diner, 10145-104 St., 780-429-0740, blueplatediner.ca
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2. SUGAR BOWL
Students who are used to fending on the boxed orange mac n’ cheese should wander over to try the Sugar Bowl’s deliciously addictive Baked Mac & Cheese. Just two blocks away from the edge of the U of A campus, this cozy restaurant makes each dish from scratch and uses a sharp, smokey applewood cheddar in this dish. Pair it with one of over 100 varieties of craft beer they serve up — cheddar tastes soooooo good with a dry, bitter IPA — and you’ve got a ridiculously perfect comfort food combination when you just need to relax.
• Sugar Bowl,10922-88 Ave., 780-433-8369, thesugarbowl.org
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3. SMOKEHOUSE BBQ
Succulent, fall-off-the-fork tender pulled pork is mixed with a creamy cheese sauce in this savoury mac and cheese variation. Instead of the usual bread crumb topping, Smokehouse BBQ’s version is topped with a tasty “pork dust” made from a top-secret recipe.
• Smokehouse BBQ, 10810-124 St., 587-521-6328, smokehousebbq.ca
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4. THE HAT RESTO PUB
Dig in to the savoury maki style Mac and Cheese that is stuffed with garlic, jalapenos and cream cheese, then crusted in panko bread crumbs for a crunchy finish that contrasts perfectly with the creamy cheese texture.
• The Hat Resto Pub, 10251 Jasper Ave., 780-429-4471, thehatonjasper.com
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5. NOORISH
Those with dietary restrictions can enjoy the creamy sensation of mac and cheese — without the gluten or dairy — with Noorish’s savoury Pacha Mama’s Mac n’ Cheese. Gluten-free pasta is tossed with a creamy cashew sauce, basil oil, and tomatoes, topped with a crunchy quinoa crust. If you’re missing the punch of flavour that a sharp cheese can add, opt to replace the basil oil with the jalapeno-infused oil — it gives the dish an added burst of flavour without being too spicy.
• Noorish, 8440-109 St., 780-756-6880, noorish.ca
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BONUS!
For three years Nomad Food Truck was a staple of the summer food truck scene in Edmonton where hungry guests eagerly devoured the affectionately-named “Crack and Cheese”. As of June 28, 2013, the food truck is no more as the owners have gone on to open Woodwork Restaurant. Though we’re sad to see Nomad close, Chef Mike has shared with us their recipe for Nomad’s toothsome mac n’ cheese. Mix up your own — and feel free to add ingredients like tomatoes or pulled pork, as Mike often did — and you’ll see why its no exaggeration to say that locals were addicted to this flavourful dish. Visit www.nomadkitchen.com for the recipe.

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