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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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