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Best Places For Mac & Cheese

March 6, 2011 6:00 AM

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Macaroni and cheese isn’t just for kids!  You can’t go wrong with perfectly cooked pasta, creamy cheese and just the right extras!   Revisit your childhood with these new twists on old favorite.  Here’s a look at some editors’ picks from the folks at KDKA.

Six Penn Kitchen

146 6th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-566-7366
www.sixpennkitchen.com

Pittsburgh Magazine describes this downtown gem the model “upscale casual eatery” by Pittsburgh’s Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. What’s more casual than Mac & Cheese?  But these mac & cheese dishes cater to an adult’s provocative tastes. As one KDKA staffer put it, “Whether it’s Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese or Lobster Mac and Cheese, this is where to go!” Pittsburgh Magazine editor Deborah McDonald puts Six Penn’s Lobster Mc & Cheese into its own category and calls it the “ultimate guilty pleasure, featuring fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere, Fontina and New York sharp cheddar, blanched English peas and a slab of rosy lobster, requires an almost superhuman effort to make it to dessert.”

Bistro Soul

415 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-231-0218
www.bistro-togo.com

Bistro Soul’s menu changes daily and seasonally but your mouth will always be satisfied. Chef Madeline’s southern style cooking aims to please! Enjoy her traditional version of mac & cheese… described by one KDKA staffer as “crunchy on the outside – soft and gooey on the inside!” Chef Madeline promises memorable meals to take you back to times long past. A taster for eatinginpittsburgh.com says “It was definitely homemade. It had a lot of flavor to it and tasted like oven macaroni and cheese that everyone is familiar with.”

Primanti’s

17 Locations in Western PA
Visit www.primantibrothers.com To Find the Spot Closest To You!

The “Almost Famous” Sandwiches put Primanti’s Brothers Restaurant at #3 on the Travel Channel’s list of 101 Tastiest Places To Chow Down … but the brothers’ mac and cheese can hold a candle by itself according to patrons. “Lots of cheese.  Very creamy.  Yum!”

Brentwood

Express Rowdy B.B.Q.
3900 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Brentwood, PA 15227
412-882-6788
www.rowdybbq.com

Whether you eat there or get take out, the pork, chicken and beef at Brentwood Express Rowdy BBQ are smoked fresh daily. And all of their side dishes, including their Rowdy Mac And Cheese, are prepared “In House”. One KDKA staffer says they can’t believe the taste and the added bonus is that the proprietors are local.  “Unreal flavor.  Family owner.” According to their webpage, “After the first bite, it will have you saying, ‘Now, this is ROWDY!'”

Rock Bottom Brewery

171 East Bridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15120
412-462-2739 www.rockbottom.com

Located at the Waterfront in Homestead, the Rock Bottom Brewery is famous for its handcrafted beers. In 2010, the brewery has already won 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at different competitions across the US, and the year isn’t over yet! If you’re looking for something to eat to go along with your glass of award winning Rudolph’s Red American-Style Amber Ale, or your pint of Harvest Moon Rye, how about a bowl of Classic Mac & Cheese? Not only is it topped with crunchy Parmesan breadcrumbs, but if you’re really hungry, add some juicy chicken to make it a real meal!

Capital Grille

301 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-338-9100
www.thecapitalgrille.com

Who says mac and cheese can’t be fancy? Located in downtown’s Golden Triangle, The Capital Grille may be an upscale steak house with an extensive award winning wine list of over 5,000 bottles… but you always need the perfect side to go with your meal. One KDKA staffer says mac and cheese is the perfect choice. “Capital Grille has Lobster Mac and Cheese that is absolutely wonderful.”  The baked Campanelle pasta and fresh Lobster meat are tossed in a Mascarpone, Havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce, topped with Panko bread crumbs and grated white cheddar.

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Boston Market
17 Locations Within a 15 Mile Radius Of Pittsburgh
Visit www.bostonmarket.com To Find the Spot Closest To You!

If you find yourself asking, “What’s for dinner?” You may want to stop at your local Boston Market. This chain has the answer. They offer entire, convenient, great-tasting meals that can go right from its packaging straight onto the dinner table. When you’re picking out what sides to go with your rotisserie chicken or meatloaf, don’t overlook the mac and cheese!!!   “If you love your mac & cheese so cheesy that you need to eat it with a spoon rather than a fork, you can’t go wrong with Boston Market,” one staffer said.

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