When I think of comfort food, one of the first things that comes to mind is a classic bowl of macaroni and cheese, overflowing with goodness, just like mom used to make. Rich, creamy, and ultra cheesy, mac n’ cheese transcends every season— warming your soul in the winter, and perfectly pairing with a frosty ale in the summer. It is a great base for pretty much any topping, with a few of my favourites being succulent lobster, spicy sausage, BBQ pulled pork, hot jalapeños, crispy bacon, and of course, juicy hot dogs. Add a layer of buttery breadcrumbs and crispy cheese and you’ve got yourself a bowl of sweet, sweet heaven.
Now that I’ve got mac n’ cheese on your brain, here’s a list of my favourites in Edmonton:
MKT - Mac n’ Cheese
They start off right with corkscrew macaroni as the base, add in a smoked cheddar sauce infused with Stiegl Goldbrau and top everything off with crispy bread crumbs. It’s so good that explaining the ingredients doesn’t do it justice. I guess that means you’ll just have to try it.
Have Mercy – Macaroni & Cheese
Classic macaroni noodles nestled in a creamy cheddar queso sauce with perfectly crisp croutons for an added crunch and pickled jalapeños to round it all out. Choose between andouille sausage, pulled pork or country ham for your protein. Mmmmm.
LUX – Signature Truffle Lobster Mac n’ Cheese
Lobster AND truffles in one dish? Sounds like a foodie's dream come true. In this dish you’ll find juicy Atlantic lobster, fragrant parmesan and shaved truffles all served with a side of grilled ciabatta so you can soak up every last drop of deliciousness.
Northern Chicken – Dorito Mac & Cheese
If you’ve never had the Dorito Mac & Cheese from Northern Chicken, today is the day. Really, what are you waiting for? The cheesiest sauce coats classic macaroni noodles and the whole thing is topped off with a generous layer of crumbled Doritos. Add in their homemade hot sauce for an extra kick.
Parlour – Parlour Mac n’ Cheese
An upscale take on this comfort food, Parlour uses fusilli pasta mixed in with a mild Italian sausage and forest mushrooms, all smothered in a sauce made of garlic crema, provolone, fontina, pecorino and toasted bread crumbs to finish it off just right.