Love the creamy goodness of mac and cheese? Of course you do. Here’s the 15 best spots for mac and cheese in Charlotte.
Here’s a deep dive into our city’s mac and cheese scene. List is in no specific order.
Southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar serving up stylish comfort food.
About the mac: It’s rich, just the right amount of creamy ($6/$12). You can even top it with spicy crispy chicken skins for just $2 extra.
Legion Brewing’s newest location – serving up all your favorite Legion brews, plus, a full food menu.
Award: Best brewery mac and cheese
About the mac: It’s called Benton’s Ham Mac and Cheese and it’s made with corkscrew pasta, creamy cheddar sauce and Benton’s ham ($8). It pairs great with a Juicy Jay.
Cozy wood-fired kitchen offering classic Southern American and European staples.
Award: No. 1 best mac and cheese in Charlotte
About the mac: Rooster’s mac and cheese is all about that melty, baked-top crust.
Casual Mediterranean eatery slinging shawarma bowls, hummus and house baked laffah.
Award: No. 2 best overall mac and cheese in Charlotte
About the mac: Made perfectly creamy by using Greek yogurt. Genius.
Elevated Southern kitchen with craft cocktails.
About the mac: It’s spiral-y, cheesy and topped with fresh herbs ($4). Enjoy it by itself or order it with their fried chicken.
Casual BBQ joint with multiple locations in Charlotte.
About the mac: Their classic mac has that thick, homemade-feeling consistency ($3.50). Just what you want with pulled pork and coleslaw.
BBQ, wings and beer served in a biker bar-style setting.
About the mac: The classic elbow noodles remind us of being a kid and we live for the random bits of melty, shredded cheddar ($3).
Modern, Southern fare served in the historic Dunhill Hotel.
About the mac: It’s served in a cast iron skillet and made with cheddar, piquillo peppers, crispy ham and goat cheese ($8). YUM.
Korean-inspired BBQ spot with craft beer, cocktails and karaoke.
Award: Best ramen mac and cheese
About the mac: Made with ramen noodles, it’s a unique take on an American classic. Check out gooey, stretchy cheese action ($4).
Laid back tavern in NoDa serving up American favorites.
About the mac: They have, not one, but six different types of mac and cheese. Jack-Mac is their signature style. It’s a little spicy and a little garlicky. ($2.99 cup/3.99 bowl)
Upscale steakhouse in Uptown serving classic American cuisine in a clubhouse-y setting.
Award: Best lobster mac and cheese
About the mac: It’s creamy, thick and filled with juicy pieces of fresh lobster. They finish it off with a blanket of buttery bread crumbs ($18).
Rustic Mediterranean eatery in Dilworth with small plates and a large patio.
About the mac: It’s cooked in a cast iron skillet and made with homemade mornay sauce, leeks, shallots and five cheeses($6.95). That’s a lot of cheese.
Insanely popular food truck serving up nothing but grilled cheese.
Award: Best mac and cheese on a sandwich
About the mac: Their Pig Mac consists of heritage pulled pork, mac n’ cheese, bourbon onions and cheddar cheese ($9.50). You can also do a more simple version named the Mac Melt, a creamy mac n’ cheese grilled cheese ($7).
Eclectic pub food menu that pairs perfectly with a Good Morning Vietnam.
Award: Most creative mac and cheese execution
About the mac: It’s called the ‘Bosshog Mac & Cheese Eggroll’ and it’s filled with beer boiled macaroni, gruyere, smoked, bacon jam, stilton and parmesan cream, liquid cilantro drizzle ($12).
French brasserie in Uptown serving classics like french onion soup and beef tartare.
Award: Best long noodle mac and cheese
About the mac: Macaroni gratin ($8). Comes with that satisfying baked top crust and a decadently creamy middle.