The Brass Pearl - This Market Square seafood restaurant and oyster bar offers an elevated version of this down-home comfort food with their lobster mac and cheese. The little cups created by orecchiette pasta hold chunks of butter poached lobster and Tillamook cheddar and smoked gouda cheeses.
Oakwood BBQ - Oakwood food truck serves up some of the best beef-centric BBQ with a Southwestern Flair. Their smoked mac and cheese has all the features of this classic; elbow macaroni and creamy cheese, and the added smoky flavor is sure to make this variation a new favorite.
Copper Cellar - Looking to sneak in some veggies while enjoying this ooey gooey classic comfort food? Well, Copper Cellar has just that with their baked, spicy macaroni and cheese with spinach. They add the perfect amount of spinach to clear your conscience. And for those who love a little heat, the dish is seasoned just right.
Penne for Your Thoughts - "Mac Daddy" isn't just your average mac and cheese side dish - it's a pasta meal! It offers penne pasta tossed in a homemade alfredo sauce, sliced Italian sausage, tomato bruschetta and topped with mixed cheeses; baked until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
Café 4 - This downtown restaurant has a mac and cheese for everyone with three different and delicious options. The traditionalist will enjoy the three cheese, seafood fans can add lobster to the traditional base and those looking to for some protein can add grilled chicken and jalapenos. Be sure to enjoy your mac and cheese on their beautiful patio!
Sweet P's Barbeque - This mac and cheese is the classic, southern side dish done right! This pasta is loaded with cheese and their secret spice blend. This is a can't miss item from their menu and pairs perfect with their Tennessee Beef Brisket and Smoke N' Soul Chicken.
Lonesome Dove - Looking for another elevated mac and cheese option? Lonesome Dove has you covered with truffle mac and cheese! The rustic-chic restaurant, located in the Old City, is known for their creative and exotic American fare. Not only does their mac and cheese have truffle oil, but the pasta foundation is orzo - a short-cut pasta resembling the size of rice. Perfection!
Farmacy - This Gay Street restaurant dishes out southern-inspired dishes with a focus on super fresh and natural foods, so you know their chipotle mac and cheese is a crowd pleaser. Cheddar cheese smothers tender penne pasta with a mild flavoring of smoky, dried, jalapeño chili pepper. It pairs perfectly with the Good Ole Boy French dip sammie.
Ale Ray's Gastro Pub and Coffee Bar - Although "Marley Mac n Cheese" is listed as a side dish, were sure it will leave your soul full and satisfied! This creamy mac and cheese has crispy bacon crumbles, three cheese grilled skirt and is drizzled with a savory Burgundy BBQ and tangy gold sauces.
Balter Beerworks - Balter is our only entry with a twofer! Not only do they offer a classic mac and cheese side dish, they also have created a chicken and bacon mac and cheese entrée. This ultimate comfort food starts with tender macaroni, folded with Sweetwater Farms buttermilk cheddar cheese sauce, then chicken, bacon, mushrooms, Roma tomato and topped with diced green onion.
This post was written and compiled by Taylor Hastings, Marketing Team Spring 2022 Intern