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The Best Mac and Cheese in Toronto

Posted by Todd H / May 18, 2010

Mac and Cheese TorontoThe best mac and cheese in Toronto pay homage to the humble, rib sticking, tummy filling, neon orange delight that is so much a part of our country's wintry collective consciousness that saying we are nostalgic for it would be an understatement.

Luckily for Torontonians, our restaurateurs are not content with the version off the supermarket shelves (even the PC white cheddar one!) and have instead conjured an incredible variety of dishes that use this simple form of pasta and cheese as a base for further exploration.

While some use up to 5 different types of cheese and ingredients like beer, vinegar, veal cheeks and more, they are still homey and full of love.

Ketchup anyone?

Here's where to find the 9 best mac and cheese dishes in Toronto.

With contributions from Ivy Lovell and Bryce Daigle

Victory Cafe

Victory Cafe

This Mirvish Village stalwart makes one of the best versions of mac and cheese I’ve had. Creamy, delicious and not at all greasy. It's homemade and served on a giant plate (paired with a huge side salad and garlic toast) and smothered in an oven melted 3 cheese blend. It's no wonder people all across Toronto rave about the Vic's mac and cheese. Come for the great beer selection, stay for the mac and cheese! Moderately priced, but well worth it. More »

Czehoski

Czehoski

It could be argued that Czehoski started Toronto’s mac and cheese fever when it opened 6 years ago. Chef Andy Wilson’s version uses perfectly cooked elbow pasta, medium aged white cheddar, Guinness, and a little salt and vinegar that’s finished in the pan with Quebec curds and topped with pecorino. It ain’t what my dad used to make, but that’s fine by me. Sorry KD. More »

Harlem

Harlem

Available as a side option at both the Original Harlem on Richmond East and sibling Harlem Underground this soulful mac and cheese is infused with bacon and as creamy and satisfying as it looks. More »

The Dakota Tavern

The Dakota Tavern

The Dakota Tavern isn’t known for its food, but dammit, it should be! Owners Maggie and Shawn have enlisted a first rate kitchen and their mac and cheese using cheddar, mozzarella, and jalapeno havarti is comfort food at its finest. Not content with that, however, their newest version with braised veal cheek, crushed house-made pork rinds and chimichurri takes it to a whole…nother…level. More »

The Beaconsfield

The Beaconsfield

Served in a large bowl, this mac and cheese variety is smooth, spicy, and sure to please. This West Queen West favourite is able to keep the traditional recipe fresh by adding crushed corn flakes to the dish. It might seem a little strange at first, and the flakes get somewhat soggy, but it grows on your after every mouthful. Served on its own, it's reasonably priced at around 8 bucks. More »

The Auld Spot Pub

The Auld Spot Pub

As feel good and neighbourhoody as they come, owners Darryl and Nathan’s Red Seal chefs ensure the food is top notch and the mac and cheese is no exception. With gruyere, parmesan, white cheddar, swiss, and double smoked bacon (as an option), it’s a staple regulars insist never change. Not near Greektown? You’re in luck! A second one recently opened in Little Italy. Bravo! More »

Rebel House

Rebel House

Eschewing the namesake’s pasta for the heftier ziti variety, Chef Karen Vaz lets her baked version with Jensen Cheddar do the talking. Served with house-made grilled corn bread and salad, it’s simple, cozy, and very popular with the Rebel House going through more than a hundred a week. Since you can’t argue with cold hard numbers, it’s gotta be good. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

Derek / May 18, 2010 at 10:44 am
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I'm a big fan of Constance Guitard's Mac and Cheese at Weezie's.
JenC / May 18, 2010 at 10:49 am
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Agreed. I'm quite surprised Weezie's didn't make the cut. I'm pretty sure I nominated them when the call for nominations went out.
Mark / May 18, 2010 at 10:55 am
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Reggie's deep fried mac and cheese is pretty awful. I love their sandwiches and fries, but the mac and cheese misses the mark completely. Likely a case of concept over quality. The aioli it's served with is tasty though.
Mike / May 18, 2010 at 10:59 am
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Good call on this one. Mac 'n' cheese does not get enough love.
mondayjane / May 18, 2010 at 11:17 am
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Reggies is disgusting. I'm talking dirty-hair-in-food-filthy-restaurant-disgusting. I could not in good faith advise anyone to eat there. You'd be better off with a box of KD.
mr. hood / May 18, 2010 at 11:42 am
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reggies is terrible, and their prices are way too high for the quality of food..

as for mac n cheese

highway 61 on bayview has a good one
w burger bar has a good one(although even the servers say its inconsistent), the day i went it was great!
Crug / May 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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The Intersteer on Roncesvalles also has great Mac'n'Cheese that is serve with some delicious Fried Chicken on top. I think it's only on the menu once a week.
goks / May 18, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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I know this is a Best of Toronto list and thanks for sharing it. But I thought I would share the BEST place in NYC. It's called S'Mac. It's owned by a Canadian girl and we really need a franchise here in Toronto.

Check it out: http://www.smacnyc.com/

It's made in individual cast iron pans, and the cheese is browned on the top at the end. It's delicious! Now, that is Mac and Cheese!!!
Wrenkin / May 18, 2010 at 01:28 pm
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S'Mac is great—I had dinner there a week or two ago.
East End Pioneer / May 18, 2010 at 01:34 pm
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Shocking! The Drake has been dethroned!!!
prince / May 18, 2010 at 01:44 pm
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I love the Beakonsfield mac&cheese..
prince / May 18, 2010 at 01:44 pm
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ooops.. speling errer.
thebest / May 18, 2010 at 02:07 pm
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Really this is the best of the downtown core, not toronto as a whole. But me do love good mac and cheese and will try some of these places.
Nat / May 18, 2010 at 03:07 pm
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S'Mac is incredible!! In terms of Toronto though, I'm also surprised that the Drake didn't make the cut (although I've heard that their famous mac & cheese is no longer on the new menu).

I read an article about gourmet mac & cheese dishes in Toronto that had some great mentions, which I'm surprised were not in this year's top 9. Here's the link: http://dinemagazine.ca/articles/post/thinking_outside_the_box_of_kd/
Darren / May 18, 2010 at 04:03 pm
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I love the mac&cheese at Reds on Adelaide.. not always on the menu but a wikked dish.
scott / May 18, 2010 at 04:19 pm
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i know someone who got botulism from the Victory Cafe's mac n cheese. :l Barf.
seanm replying to a comment from scott / May 18, 2010 at 07:14 pm
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Surely that would've shut Victory down, no? Botulism is very dangerous, leading to paralysis or possibly death. Was this person certain it was a case of botulism?
Timmy / May 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm
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hmm... I find it strange that Weezie's is not on this list, as I would rank it in the top 3 with ease.
Leeana / May 19, 2010 at 03:29 pm
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Weezie's is definitely the best I've had in the city. Victory Cafe's mac is digusting slop and Czehoski's is tasteless.
R / May 19, 2010 at 04:35 pm
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I agree - Weezie's is the best mac and cheese I've ever had, in Toronto or elsewhere. They use a bit of truffle oil, which takes it from comfort food staple to insane taste explosion.
Jane / May 19, 2010 at 05:59 pm
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Mac N' Cheese is the Devil's Food!
scott replying to a comment from Jane / May 20, 2010 at 11:07 am
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don't you mean white devils food?
agentsmith / May 20, 2010 at 11:39 am
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I've heard the mac & asiago cheese with foie gras at Trevor on Wellington East is supposed to be fantastic. I recently saw a list on another site that listed it as the best mac & cheese in the city. Surprised it didn't even get a mention here.
Nat / May 21, 2010 at 10:32 am
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The mac & cheese at Trevor is delicious along with the Mac & Cheese at Caren's Wine Bar which is oven-baked, definitely an essential attribute of top notch mac & cheese. Weezies' has great flavour but can be a tad dry.
Ry / May 22, 2010 at 02:31 pm
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Auld Spot rules!

had it last week w smoked bacon.
forget about it
Anne / May 23, 2010 at 07:00 pm
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I wonder if the person who described the Vic mac & cheese as "not at all greasy" actually ate it? I remember it mostly as macaroni in a oily puddle.
Plato Putas / May 26, 2010 at 03:04 pm
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Hands down, my favourite mac & cheese in the city is at Carens Wine and Cheese Bar in Yorkville. On the menu as Spicy Baked Macaroni and Cheese, it's a deep dish filled with penne noodles and four types of cheese: Cheddar, Swiss, Sao Miguel and Parmigiano-Reggiano. There’s also flecks of real chiles, parsley and it’s topped with a sprinkle of chives. As opposed to the drier types like at Beaconsfield or Czehoski, Caren's version is ooey, gooey and oh so good.

http://www.platoputas.com/2009/08/13/spicy-macn-at-carens-wine-bar/
Pat Anderson / June 16, 2010 at 08:00 pm
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Agree with the above commenters about Weezie's Mac & Cheese. I used to work a short walk from there, and nothing would restore the tranquility to a fraught day like the three-cheese, white-truffle-oil infused dish at Weezie's. The macaroni was not over-soft, the cheeses added rich flavor, and the truffle oil curled my toes.

I cried inside when they decided to close for lunch.
Terri / July 11, 2010 at 09:40 pm
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i have yet to find an amazing mac and cheese. i checked out the victory's and it's okay. i wouldn't get it again. tastes like kraft cheddar cheese was melted over it. fine for home made mac but i expect more when i spend $10 for it out. reggie's mac and cheese is a bit weird. it tastes more like deep fried bread crumbs then mac and cheese. the gourmand actually had a decent one but they have since unfortunately closed.
RC / October 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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Pssssst!

Upper Crust
Leslieville

They only make it on Tuesdays & If you're not there by 1pm forget about it. It's so damn tasty. I use to go every week
Liz / April 18, 2011 at 11:13 pm
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I'm really surprised that Ten Feet Tall didn't get a mention. That place was crazy. There's a damn mac and cheese boutique!
Daniel / July 3, 2011 at 12:26 am
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Having tried many of these already, I would suggest Mac and Cheese enthusiasts try Le Canard Mort down in Leslieville. Their Black Truffle Mac and Cheese beats all of these hands down.
Sally / June 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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The homestyle mac and cheese at the Ballroom is pretty good and filling.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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I've heard the mac & asiago cheese with foie gras at Trevor on Wellington East is supposed to be fantastic. I recently saw a list on another site that listed it as the best mac & cheese in the city. Surprised it didn't even get a mention here.
AA / January 2, 2013 at 11:11 am
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The Mac & Cheese at the Rebel House was absolutely horrible last time around (mid December). Weezie's is the best. Prohibition has a version, too; however, it's covered in truffle oil (not my thing).
Emily C / March 19, 2013 at 07:17 pm
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Dance Mac on Queen St. is a dedicated mac and cheese takeout spot and a great option - I've been walking past it noticing the sign advertising for months and finally went in. The best part beyond the perfectly cheesy goey inside, and oven crusted topping was the guy working who truly wanted to ensure he got my order "just right". You can tell they treat it as an art - not just a business. Other options like the meat eater, vegetarian, and spinach also exist.
Amy / March 27, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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I can second Emily's comments about Dance Mac. Went in based on her post and was happily surprised by how good it was. Take out only, but the options are great and the guy working there was able to customize it to what I want. It's mac and cheese only, but they do it very well. Baked in the oven made the top nice and 'toasted' with a lot of cheese goodness inside! I'll definitely go back.
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