Love the creamy goodness of mac and cheese? Of course you do. Here are the 18 best spots in Charlotte for mac and cheese, just in time for cool weather and comfort food.
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 $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.
No frills, casual spot on Tuckaseegee Road
About the mac: They call it “Chef Andarrio’s Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese” for a reason. A half order of the lobster mac as a side will run you $7, but they also offer four different lobster mac and cheese combos (shrimp, chicken tenders, fish, and wings).
Casual barbecue joint with multiple locations in Charlotte.
About the mac: Their classic mac has that thick homemade-like consistency ($3.50). Just what you want with pulled pork and coleslaw.
Barbecue, wings, and beer served in a biker-bar 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.
Cut-to-order cheese and charcuterie spot in Mathews
Award: Best mac and cheese special (it’s only available on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m.)
About the mac: It’s a five cheese blend of Cave Aged Karst, Ashe County Cheddar, Tallegio, Piave Vecchio, and UAV ricotta. “It’s totally different from BBQ-style mac & cheese,” owner Christopher Sottile told the Agenda. Cost is $8 for a small (which is easily a meal) and $14 for a large (enough to split amongst 3-4 friends). You can add Benton’s Bacon for $3.
Korean-inspired barbecue 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 types of mac and cheese. Jack-Mac is their signature style. It’s a little spicy and a little garlicky ($6).
Healthy fast-casual spot with a trendy vibe in South End
Award: Best gluten-free mac and cheese
About the mac: Spiral noodles, cheesy, and you won’t even notice that it’s gluten free ($4).
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 and cheese, bourbon onions, and cheddar cheese ($9.50). You can also do a more simple version named the Mac Melt, a creamy mac and 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.
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