If you feel like stirring up an argument with your friends, casually inquire about where to find the best macaroni and cheese in Los Angeles. For every three people, you’ll hear a minimum of five very strong opinions. There are certainly a lot of varieties to choose from. Delivered at fancy restaurants, old-school diners, or dented trucks, one thing is certain about this popular side dish that often becomes the main event: People can’t get enough of it. When it comes to which places have the tastiest macaroni and cheese in town, everyone has their favorites, but these 5 are a spectacular place to start, whether you’re hanging out with friends or just treating yourself.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
What’s better than mac ‘n’ cheese? How about mac ‘n’ cheese grilled to crispy perfection inside a sandwich? Add BBQ pulled pork and caramelized onions and you’ve got a masterpiece. This unbelievable mouthful is served from a truck that makes stops all around LA – just search the online calendar to find a location near you and treat yourself like a king. Look for the truck covered in yellow and orange melting cheese.
This classic 24-hour diner is located in the heart of hipsterville: Los Feliz. It’s the perfect spot to drop anchor with friends before – or after – a night out. Perhaps the best item on the menu is the deep fried mac and cheese balls. Grab a big booth, cradle a cup of joe, and reenact a scene from the movie Swingers as you dip these crunchy little gems into a side of ranch dressing.
This chic restaurant on Beverly Boulevard is a great multi-purpose place with lots of solid entrees on the menu. The simple, casual-upscale dining room provides the right balance of fancy and comfortable, setting the tone for a rendezvous with someone special, or just relaxing with good people. However, starting with the Cajun mac and cheese appetizer is a must. Spicy and crunchy with just enough zing, one taste and you’ll want to have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Located in downtown Burbank–right around the corner from that movie theater with the rumble seats–this comfortable café is great for a group outing dedicated to introducing every one of your friends to their rich, scrumptious uptown mac and cheese. It’s consistently one of the most popular items on the menu of this neighborhood favorite. Try the classic version, which is made vegetarian-style with just cheddar and Gruyere. If you require meat in your meal, you can’t go wrong with awesomely salty additions like bacon and chicken. Either way, this creamy appetizer is among the Valley’s best.
A casual dining chain that has been popping up all over LA, Lemonade finds a way to serve healthy food without sacrificing the comfort. Their white truffle mac and cheese is a simple side dish that goes perfectly with their lightly breaded buttermilk chicken, fried perfectly so that it stays juicy. Just the right amount of truffle flavor makes this a consistent favorite. Wash it down with one of their unique homemade lemonades, like the Watermelon Thyme. It’ll help keep your mouth from getting dry as you continue on your quest to find LA’s best mac and cheese — or just continue to argue with your friends about it.