Our Five Faves

Best mac and cheese

Posted January 16, 2012
Updated September 10, 2012

The Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese comes tossed with broccoli and bacon, and topped with tomato relish and chicken or shrimp.

I consider myself an expert on macaroni and cheese. I have been eating it since I was old enough to chew solid food. So, whenever I go somewhere I have to try their mac and cheese. Here are my top five places for cheesy goodness: 

Poole's Downtown Diner (Raleigh) - WRAL's Ken Smith suggested this pick. Heavy cream, white cheddar and Parmesan help make this a must try for any mac & cheese fan!

beasleys chicken and honey

Beasley's Chicken and Honey (Raleigh) - Another Ashley Christensen restaurant (she also owns Poole's), this place is known for its chicken and waffles, but also makes a great mac and cheese containing pimento cheese.

Tobacco Road (Raleigh, Durham) - Although it is listed as an appetizer, their mac and cheese dish is large enough to share. Tossed with ham and a variety of cheeses, it can also be topped off with chicken or shrimp.

carolina smokehouse grill

Carolina Smokehouse Grill (Wake Forest) - Their Iron Skillet-Baked Mac and Cheese is outstanding. The cheesy macaroni is tossed with broccoli and bacon, baked and topped with tomato relish and then topped with chicken or shrimp. The flavors, especially the tomato relish, create such a nice blend. 


mac and cheese porters city tavern

Porter's City Tavern (Raleigh) - The blue cheese mac and cheese here is outstanding. And it comes with fresh grounded pepper. 

Where do you love to order mac and cheese? Tell us about your favorite places in the comments section below. 


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  • Go Figure Jan 24, 2012

    MY home made Mac and Cheese

  • groovyncdude Jan 21, 2012

    Vin rouge in Durham

  • Omar Little Jan 19, 2012

    Not sure how long it will be on their menu, but Sandwhich in Chapel Hill is serving some *amazing* mac-n-cheese right now.

  • Its the who what Jan 19, 2012

    The Q Shack makes a very good basic Mac and Cheese.

  • ncjensens Jan 18, 2012

    Mac & Brie with Mushrooms - Red Stag Grille in Asheville, NC. NOTHING compares.

  • levit7 Jan 18, 2012

    I will have try these places being mentioned. However, if you're ever in NY, SMAC is absolutely the BEST!!!!

  • lindseyb86 Jan 18, 2012

    definitely Mike's Farm!

  • sandiegom22 Jan 17, 2012

    The Backyard BBQ Pit has aweomse mac n cheese. All of their food is great.

  • Maybe Next Time Michele Jan 17, 2012

    I love mac n cheese, and I have to say that Porter's is so good. I also agree with Arthur in the Garde, the Borough has some good mac n cheese. Another place with is Cafe Catura in Cameron Village, Pasta and Lotsa Cheese. mmmm. I can't poohp for a week after I eat that stuff.

  • kh789 Jan 17, 2012

    What about Capital Club 16? Their mac-n-cheese is incredible! I love Tobacco Road's mac, but Capital Club 16 has it beat! It is served in a mini cast iron pan and the caramelized onions on top are my favorite part. The Lobster Mac is also amazing when they have it on special.