The top 30 mac and cheese in Toronto by neighbourhood
The mac and cheese you'll find at Toronto restaurants is an upgrade on the classic Canadian comfort food. Find it on pub menus as the main event, as a staple side at barbecue joints, and jazzed up with all sorts of flourishes at dedicated mac and cheese specialists.
Here are my picks for the top mac and cheese in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Colby, gruyere and cheddar cheese combine at the Victory Cafe for this mac 'n cheese ($12.95) loaded with caramelized onions and sun-dried tomatoes. Garlic bread and a choice of Caesar or garden salad are included on the side.
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The chef's macaroni and cheese ($18) at the Kennedy Public House features noodles in an asiago cream sauce laced with porcini, button, cremini and fried shiitake mushrooms. Lemon thyme crumbs finish it off along with a drizzle of truffle oil.
Mac 'n Cheese at Factory Girl forgoes the typical noodle in favour of fresh rigatoni in alfredo sauce with mushrooms, diced tomatoes, mozzarella and cheddar cheese for $15.19. Have it with spicy Italian sausage to for $18.19.
Every item on the menu at Refinery Public House is priced at $6.95, and the baked mac and cheese is no exception. The basic three cheese mac can be upgraded with maple bacon (+$1.95) or beef brisket (+$2.95) and is served with garlic toast.
Six types of mac and cheese are among the cheesy comfort foods on offer at Cut The Cheese. Go classic ($6.75) with a version made with aged cheddar and a pinch of herbs, or try a souped up version like the Southern Comfort ($11.25) with buttermilk fried popcorn chicken over noodles in an Emmental cheese sauce specked with roasted bell peppers, sautéed corn and banana peppers.
Betty's is all about personalized mac and cheese served in a piping hot skillet. Start with a base of noodles and cheese ($11.95), then add as you like bacon (+$1.50), peameal (+$1.50), jalapenos (+$1.50), ham (+$1), sautéed mushrooms or onion (+$1), chili (+$4), chicken (+$4), steak (+$6) or spicy pulled pork (+$3.50).
To go with the 120 craft beers on tap, Craft Brasserie offers a menu loaded with comfort foods. Mac n' cheese here takes the form of baked orecchiette ($16.50) served in a brown butter cheese sauce that's loaded with green peas, chorizo, and candied bacon.
Get cozy with the baked mac and cheese ($14) at The Caledonian. The Scottish pub employs a more-the-merrier, four-cheese philosophy, making their mac with stilton, aged cheddar. gruyere, and chèvre with roasted garlic and grape tomatoes.
Bobbie Sue's is a mac 'n cheese centric spot where the menu bills an abundance of options. The classic ($5.30/$8.40) starts with a five cheese blend, while the Camp Mac ($7/$12) has yellow mustard mixed in along with sliced all-beef hot dog.
Prohibition does a pretty deluxe take on mac and cheese ($17.95), featuring artisanal pasta in a blend of prized cheeses including gruyère, organic Canadian cheddar, L'Ermite Bleu, and Boschetto al Tartufo under a jalapeño-cheddar biscuit crust. If that's not indulgent enough, the dish is finished with black truffles, fresh herbs, truffle oil and optional smoked pork belly (+$3).
Ol' Macki's Back ($12.95) at the Rebel House is a macaroni and cheese casserole that features plum tomatoes and green onions in a cheddar cream sauce. A choice of house-baked cornbread, house salad or kettle fries comes on the side.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Bacon mac 'n cheese ($6) is among the soulful (and very worthwhile) sides at the Harlem Underground. Get yours as an accompaniment to hearty plates of Southern fried chicken or Jerk beef meatloaf.
YONGE & EGLINTON
Big People Mac 'n Cheese ($15) at Uncle Betty's features elbow macaroni in a homemade white cheddar sauce studded with crispy pancetta, crowned with crispy breadcrumbs topping and finished with truffle oil.
What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.
Lead photo from Bobbie Sue's.
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