Best mac and cheese spots for your family

Whether your memories include the classic blue box or a steaming dish fresh out of the oven, mac and cheese is a nostalgia-inducing classic. If you’re drawn to cheesy goodness for your pleasure or because the kids love it, here are some of Chicago’s cheesiest spots to try as the season of comfort food begins.


Mindy’s Hot Chocolate


Is there anything this woman can’t do? Mindy Segal’s mac and cheese will not disappoint. Pasta cooked perfectly, a rich cheese sauce and the toasted top make this dish perfect for a quick bite. Add a bowl of tomato soup and a mug of hot chocolate for the perfect lunch on a cool day.


1747 N. Damen Ave., Chicago


Kuma’s Corner


If you conquered the wait at Kuma’s, you’ve earned the mac and cheese. The andouille sausage is a crowd pleaser, but caramelized onions and prosciutto are a savory salty-sweet combo, making it well worth the wait. Kids want it plain? They’ll love it!


Multiple locations in Chicago and suburbs


Joey G’s Mac n’ Cheese


How fun is that name? Try saying that ten times fast! Joey G’s is a gooey celebration of all that mac and cheese has to offer as a foundation for interesting ingredients. The options can be a little overwhelming. I suggest sorting through the Google reviews in advance to narrow down your choices. The BBQ Mac and Cheese and the Taco Mac and Cheese seem to be crowd favorites. Add a root beer float for the full Joey G’s Mac n’ Cheese experience.


2351 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago


Fatso’s Last Stand


If you haven’t been guided to Fatso’s yet, get there. This no-frills hot dog spot in Ukranian Village is serving up homemade mac and cheese that will quickly become a family favorite. Walking up to Fatso’s you immediately feel like these people understand the magic of cheese. Your intuition will be affirmed when you order the mac and cheese and dive right into the warm yummy goodness.


2258 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


Noodles World Kitchen


Yes, it’s a chain but if it’s good, it’s good. Noodles World Kitchen is a great place to stop when you don’t want to cook (even the blue box) but also don’t want to eat traditional fast food. The mac and cheese there is so good. The noodles are served steaming under a bed of shredded cheese that you get the pleasure of blending together. You make the magic. Pair the classic with grilled chicken and broccoli for a well balanced, easy breezy meal. Don’t deny yourself the giant chunk of their Rice Crispy, it’s what you’re really there for.


Multiple locations in Chicago and suburbs


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