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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.

Bloomer's vegan Mac & Cheesy ($8) is an oven-baked pasta dish tossed with dairy-free cheese sauce and specked with broccoli. Add on faux bacon bits for $2 more.

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.

The Mad Mac ($14) at Stout Irish Pub is an ultra cheesy dish loaded with asiago and smoked cheddar bechamel and served with house-made ketchup.

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.

Rhum Corner serves macaroni au gratin ($7), a hearty bowl of gooey, cheesy noodles encrusted with a breadcrumb topping for added crunch.

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.

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The Gabardine dishes out tubular noodles ($17) tossed in cheesy bechamel sauce and topped with breadcrumbs. Upgrade with chunks of smoked ham for $2 more.

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.

Smoked cheddar mac and cheese at Trinity Common features elbows in smoked cheddar mornay sauce with scallions and fine herbs baked in a spiced parmesan crumb crust.

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).

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The double mac 'n' cheese ($12.75) at the Thompson Diner is laced with truffle oil and served in a heavy cast-iron skillet that sizzles as it arrives to the table.

The four cheese mac 'n cheese ($15) at White Brick Kitchen is paired with oven dried tomatoes and served with a side of garlic toast.

Satisfy nostalgic cravings at Brooklyn Tavern where the mac and cheese ($10) is made with aged cheddar and optional bacon (+$2).

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.

United Bakers Dairy does the gooey, cheesy comfort food as an app ($9.99) and as a dinner ($12.99) with a side of Caesar salad and a bagel.

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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.

The notorious macaroni and cheese ($8) at Parts & Labour is pure, delicious junk food. The sauce is all American cheese and it's encrusted with bright orange Cheetos.

mac and cheese Toronto

Load up on carbs at the The Fifth Pub with its mac and cheese ($14) featuring garganelli pasta in an earthy artichoke béchamel with smoked pork hock, spinach, and appenzeller cheese.

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).

Cardinal Rule does baked mac ($10) with Monterey Jack, mozzarella, smoked povolone, old cheddar and swiss. Add on bacon or tofu for $2, and sundrided tomatoes for $1.

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.

The Bacon Mac and Cheese ($12.99) at Olde Stone Cottage Pub is not your typical Kraft Dinner. It boasts noodles in a creamy cheese sauce with bacon, onions and a golden panko crust.

Dave's mac and cheese ($15) starts with house-made pumpkin ricotta gnocchi that's then tossed in gorgonzola cream sauce and topped with bread crumbs, parmesan and crispy sage.

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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.

7 West serves up mac 'n cheese 24/7. Get classic style ($11.95/$13.95) made with aged cheddar and parmesan, or kick it up a notch with jalapenos for $1, or add ham (+$3) or bacon (+$3).

The Senator has Macaroni & Cheese on the menu for $12.95. The dish comprises elbow noodles with a mix of cheeses topped with breadcrumbs and parm, and served with salad on the side.

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.

The Mac and Cheese ($15) specked with house cured bacon at Scratch Kitchen > arrives to the table in a sizzling cast-iron skillet and is served with house-baked focaccia on the side.

What did I miss? Disagree with my selections in the comments.

Lead photo from Bobbie Sue's.

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