Mac and Cheese: as American as apple pie regardless as age. Sauce it up or down, add any number of cheese-y concoctions, and pile high with upscale toppings. These dishes are a high-end twist on an old staple and definitely not for the kids.
1 Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese from the Capital Grille
Although technically a side dish, this campanelle pasta is tossed with fresh Lobster meat, in a Mascarpone, Havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce and topped with Panko bread crumbs and grated white cheddar. Decadence at it’s best.
633 N. Saint Clair St. 312.337.9400. www.thecapitalgrille.com
2 Truffle Gnocchi from Blue 13
Formerly the infamous truffle mac, this upgraded version includes Gnocchi Gratin, Amish Chicken, White Truffle Oil, and Manchego Cheese.
416 W. Ontario St. 312.787.1400. www.blue13chicago.com
3 Truffled Macaroni & Cheese from Smith & Wollensky
With black truffles, shallots, and jalapeno jack cheese, can you really imagine a better combination of ingredients?
318 N. State St. 312.670.9900. www.smithandwollensky.com
4 Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese from Chalkboard
Smooth and creamy, but with a smoky kick, the Gouda provides a rich and wholesome flavor.
4343 N. Lincoln Ave. 773.477.7144. www.chalkboardrestaurant.com
5 Make Your Own Mac & Cheese at Kuma’s Corner
Called the best outside of your grandma’s kitchen, this mix and match dish lets you choose from: Bacon, Prosciutto, Andouille, Chicken, Roasted Red Peppers, Caramelized Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Broccoli, Peas, Mushrooms, Scallions, and Sweet Corn as toppers.
2900 W. Belmont Ave. 773.604.8769. www.kumascorner.com