Child’s Play: The Top 5 Mac and Cheese Dishes in Orange County

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There’s nothing as comforting as the rich, creamy and nourishing satisfaction of mac and cheese. Whether you’re a child at heart or you just love downing this hearty staple, any of these top 5 choices will hit the spot. Pure and simple or spiced up and loaded up, take your pick — you can’t go wrong.

1 Palm Terrace at the Island Hotel

For that straightforward satisfaction that you can't get from any other dish paired with the luxe surroundings of the Island Hotel, the Palm Terrace's mix of pasta, melting cheese and crunchy crust is unparalleled. It has a legion of devotees and customers come in just for a taste (or two) with such regularity you'd think it was about to be taken off the menu.

690 Newport Center Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660


2 Eat Chow

When it comes to scent-sations, the truffled mac and cheese at Eat Chow is worth the wait. The restaurant is always scented with the aroma of the truffled mac and cheese. If you aren't in the mood, just smelling it will definitely change your mind. But it's not just the smell -- it tastes just as good.

1802 Newport Blvd.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627


3 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

For a spicy spin on a comfort food classic, the chipotle mac and cheese at Fleming's is just a little different for mac and cheese devotees but not so strange that you can't handle the heat. The subtle spice is just enough to compliment your steak -- but trust us, it's rich enough to stand alone.

655 Newport Center Dr. at Fashion Island

Newport Beach, CA 92660


4 Capital Grille

Hands down, for luxe mac and cheese head upstairs to the Capital Grille and order up their lobster mac and cheese. With large lumps of lobster nestled in the richest mix of cheeses, it's a show stopping choice at a restaurant known for big names and big steaks. Try it and you just might stop ordering it anywhere else.

3333 Bristol St. at South Coast Plaza

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


5 Ramos House Cafe

Down south, things are always a little spicier. Ramos House has mac and cheese with smoked veggies that are deep and rich in flavor. Add that to the already killer combo of pasta and cheese (they even add some lemon for a sharp zing) and you've got something that's close to perfect. It might sound frilly and fussy, but when you taste it, you'll believe.

Ramos House Cafe

31752 Los Rios St.

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675


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