You know a restaurant has a mac and cheese worth bragging about when it is served as a main entrée, rather than just a side. This is a spot that has put careful time and consideration into the rich combination that makes their mac and cheese tops – a careful blend of handpicked cheeses, perhaps some carnivorous accompaniment and some panko breadcrumbs or oozing butter to top off the calorie laden goodness. So let’s not sacrifice those calories on just any old mac and cheese. Here is Haute Living’s top 5 mac and cheese dishes in and around Boston:
1 Tremont 647
How do you make a staple comfort food like mac and cheese even better? If you’re in Boston, the answer is simple: Add lobster. And Tremont 647 has done that to perfection. In fact, many a diner will trek to the South End as a pilgrimage for the lobster mac and cheese here alone. Pair it with a specialty cocktail and your night is sure to be full of delight.
Tremont647 is located at 647 Tremont St., South End, Boston 617.266.4600
2 Pops Restaurant
Kraft has nothing on the mac and cheese being served at Pops Restaurant in the South End. Substituting the standard elbows for spetzle and layering in a four cheese blend of fontina, romano, swiss and cheddar, Pops twist on classic American cuisine matches well with their elegantly retro décor.
Pops Restaurant is located at 560 Tremont St., South End, Boston 617.695.1251
3 Silvertone Bar & Grill
A few steps below the foot traffic of Downtown Crossing is a spot that feels a bit like a well appointed speak easy and a bit like a friendly neighborhood hub from the 50's. Here they are known for their mac and cheese. Fancy cocktails paired with solid American cuisine minus the unnecessary frills make for a standard oh-so-good mac and cheese topped with buttered breadcrumbs and served with greens. Simple yummy goodness.
Silvertone Bar & Grill is located at 69 Bromfield St., Downtown Crossing, Boston 617.338.7887
4 Post 390
Touted by its owners as an urban tavern, Post 390 boast new American cuisine, that, of course, must include mac and cheese. To make this recipe their own, Post 390 uses a blend of four cheeses and their own homemade tasso – a spicy, peppery Cajun ham. Sweet gluttony!
Post 390 is located at 406 Stuart St., Back Bay, Boston 617.399.0015
5 Geoffrey's Cafe
If the regular old mac n cheese is just a bit too bland for you to warrant it being promoted from side dish to main entrée, the pepper jack kick added into the Geoffrey’s Café version, courtesy of Cabot Vermont pepper jack cheese, may just have you changing your mind on that one. This neighborhood café is one you’ll surely want to make your own, even if you don’t live in the neighborhood.
Geoffrey’s Café is located at 142 Berkeley St., Back Bay, Boston 617.424.6711