Dig into National Mac & Cheese Day With These 6 Delicious Dishes

By Cassie Hurwitz and Rosemary Siefert | July 13, 2018 | Food & Drink

July 14 marks National Mac & Cheese Day—yes, the dish has its own day of recognition—creating the ideal excuse to dig into the tasty treat. If images of artificial orange cheese powder come to mind, fear not—Chicago abounds with options that are outside the box in more ways than one. From seafood-inspired interpretations to extra-indulgent offerings, toast the occasion with these six twists on the classic comfort food.

Montauk mac at The Hampton Social

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Go coastal with the breezy eatery’s East Coast spin on macaroni, featuring noodles covered in a rich four cheese sauce and overflowing with driver scallops and rock shrimp, as well as the option to top the dish with butter-poached lobster. Boat shoes optional. $14, $22 with lobster. Available at River North (353 W. Hubbard St., 312.464.0500) and Burr Ridge (705 Village Center Dr., 630.219.0009) locations

Macaroni gratineĢe at Margeaux Brasserie

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The Gold Coast go-to gives an upscale update to the childhood staple with béchamel-dappled noodles stacked vertically in neat rows under a golden crust. Pair it with a glass of bubbly to discover the joys of grown-up mac and cheese. $12. 11 E. Walton St., 312.625.1324

Mac & cheese at Mindy’s HotChocolate

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The pastry pro serves up more than just sweets, delivering a tantalizingly simple mac and cheese coated in American and Gruyere cheese and served in a personal-sized pot. Up the indulgence factor and add lardons to the mix. $13. 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773.489.1747

Hangover mac and cheese at Bounce

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Drizzled with truffle oil and topped with country-smoked ham and a fried egg, the Hangover Mac & Cheese begs to be devoured after a late night out—Bloody Mary in hand $17. 324 W. Chicago Ave. 312.313.7300

Mac & cheese at Baptiste & Bottle

baptiste mac and cheese
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Tantalize your taste buds with chef James Lintelmann’s fusion of four kinds of cheese in one dish: smoked cream cheese, American cheese, pimento cheese sauce and Wisconsin cheese curds with elbow noodles, chili sauce, and jalepeños and topped with panko breadcrumbs. $13. 101 E. Erie St., 312.667.6793

Lobster mac at Morton’s The Steakhouse

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Feast on a whole chicken lobster tossed with cavatappi pasta, lobster stock and seasoned bread crumbs. Laced with rich cheddar cheese sauced, the extravagant mix is baked to bubbling bliss. Available at all 6 Chicagoland locations

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