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12 Spots for Great Mac and Cheese in Miami

From traditional varieties to out-of-the-box new flavors.

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Hearty and cozy, a bowl of ooey-gooey, pipping hot mac and cheese is one of winter’s ultimate comfort foods.

This simple, timeless dish on its own a solid meal can make, but the carb-cheese combination can also serve as a great side dish to other entrees. Miami restaurants add their own spin to this Southern favorite rounding the dish out with other ingredients for extra savory delight.

Read on for the 12 most noteworthy Mac and cheese options to try now in the Magic City.

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A homemade sauce of shredded cheddar, truffle oil, and seasoned crispy breadcrumbs go into chef Jose Mendin’s creamy and savory macaroni and cheese, which is served piping hot and makes for a cozy meal. 

World Famous House of Mac

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This restaurant’s standout mac and cheese dish brings together a flavorful melted mixture of five cheeses. The dish gets amped up with truffle before getting topped with cheddar jack cheese and a buttery layer of bread crumbs. Inspired by the flavors of Italy, a meaty pizza version brings body and flavor to the five cheese blend with chicken sausage and turkey pepperoni in marinara sauce. It all gets topped with mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs, which make each bite a multi-flavored surprise.

Pesto Italian Cuisine

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Creamy and indulgent, Pesto Italian Cuisine’s mushroom mac and cheese packs a nutritious combination of sauteed mushrooms tossed with a creamy sauce combining sharp cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese. The mixture is topped with parmesan and rosemary for a subtle, herbaceous touch. 

C Food Shack

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In the Lincoln Eatery food hall, C Food Shack offers several mac and cheese dishes to choose from. In the three-cheese version, cavatappi pasta is folded into a creamy sauce made with parmesan cheese, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar; the flavor enhanced with house seasoning blend and thyme. There are also jerk chicken, fried lobster, crab cake, and fried chicken and collard green options to choose from.

Semilla

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At Semilla, chef Fred Joulin serves a French-inflected mac and cheese dish. The base is elbow pasta, and the timeless combination of ham and cheese join the party to build up the savory, satisfying flavor as it clings to every savory bite.

Seawell Fish N' Oyster

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Creamy without being heavy, chef Craig Tooker’s mac and cheese is a feast of lobster and smooth, silky bechamel sauce, combined with aged cheddar cheese for tang. The mixture foregoes the usual bread crumbs and gets topped with more aged cheddar and cotija cheese for a savory bite. The top layer is melted and browned just right before coming to the table in a cast iron casserole. Served for brunch and dinner. 

Chicken and The Egg

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Loaded with the tanginess of housemade Vermont cheddar cheese sauce, this warming elbow noodle Mac and cheese comes together in a lush creaminess of sharp cheddar, magnified by pimento cheese (a.k.a. the Southern paté).

Prime 112 Restaurant

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Prime 112 makes ample use of truffles and lobster to strike a balance of texture and flavor, enriching macaroni and cheese with a rich, refined filling that makes for beautifully bright and creamy pasta.

Smith & Wollensky

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Smith & Wollensky offers a mac and cheese that is good enough as a simple cheesy-as-heck meal without any superfluous bits, but it gets a fancy makeover with a strong, luxurious amount of truffle for added depth. 

Marion Miami

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Marion’s macaroni and cheese iteration marries a rich blend of French cheeses with a layer of black truffles to create a luscious meal to pair with one of the many restaurant’s varietals.

Batch Gastropub: Miami

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Batch’s Mac Attack is a crowd pleaser. The entree combines the richness of gnocchi mac and aged gruyere cheese, which get a fun kick with an unusual topping of spicy “Dorito dust.”

Copper 29 Bar

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Copper 29 Bar’s creamy cheddar and truffle macaroni and cheese dish gets a special touch of Fontina Mornay and is topped with lots of smoky, crisp bacon bits for textural contrast. The $14 dish is priced at $8 during the restaurant’s weekday happy hour. 

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A homemade sauce of shredded cheddar, truffle oil, and seasoned crispy breadcrumbs go into chef Jose Mendin’s creamy and savory macaroni and cheese, which is served piping hot and makes for a cozy meal. 

World Famous House of Mac

This restaurant’s standout mac and cheese dish brings together a flavorful melted mixture of five cheeses. The dish gets amped up with truffle before getting topped with cheddar jack cheese and a buttery layer of bread crumbs. Inspired by the flavors of Italy, a meaty pizza version brings body and flavor to the five cheese blend with chicken sausage and turkey pepperoni in marinara sauce. It all gets topped with mozzarella cheese and bread crumbs, which make each bite a multi-flavored surprise.

Pesto Italian Cuisine

Creamy and indulgent, Pesto Italian Cuisine’s mushroom mac and cheese packs a nutritious combination of sauteed mushrooms tossed with a creamy sauce combining sharp cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese. The mixture is topped with parmesan and rosemary for a subtle, herbaceous touch. 

C Food Shack

In the Lincoln Eatery food hall, C Food Shack offers several mac and cheese dishes to choose from. In the three-cheese version, cavatappi pasta is folded into a creamy sauce made with parmesan cheese, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar; the flavor enhanced with house seasoning blend and thyme. There are also jerk chicken, fried lobster, crab cake, and fried chicken and collard green options to choose from.

Semilla

At Semilla, chef Fred Joulin serves a French-inflected mac and cheese dish. The base is elbow pasta, and the timeless combination of ham and cheese join the party to build up the savory, satisfying flavor as it clings to every savory bite.

Seawell Fish N' Oyster

Creamy without being heavy, chef Craig Tooker’s mac and cheese is a feast of lobster and smooth, silky bechamel sauce, combined with aged cheddar cheese for tang. The mixture foregoes the usual bread crumbs and gets topped with more aged cheddar and cotija cheese for a savory bite. The top layer is melted and browned just right before coming to the table in a cast iron casserole. Served for brunch and dinner. 

Chicken and The Egg

Loaded with the tanginess of housemade Vermont cheddar cheese sauce, this warming elbow noodle Mac and cheese comes together in a lush creaminess of sharp cheddar, magnified by pimento cheese (a.k.a. the Southern paté).

Prime 112 Restaurant

Prime 112 makes ample use of truffles and lobster to strike a balance of texture and flavor, enriching macaroni and cheese with a rich, refined filling that makes for beautifully bright and creamy pasta.

Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky offers a mac and cheese that is good enough as a simple cheesy-as-heck meal without any superfluous bits, but it gets a fancy makeover with a strong, luxurious amount of truffle for added depth. 

Marion Miami

Marion’s macaroni and cheese iteration marries a rich blend of French cheeses with a layer of black truffles to create a luscious meal to pair with one of the many restaurant’s varietals.

Batch Gastropub: Miami

Batch’s Mac Attack is a crowd pleaser. The entree combines the richness of gnocchi mac and aged gruyere cheese, which get a fun kick with an unusual topping of spicy “Dorito dust.”

Copper 29 Bar

Copper 29 Bar’s creamy cheddar and truffle macaroni and cheese dish gets a special touch of Fontina Mornay and is topped with lots of smoky, crisp bacon bits for textural contrast. The $14 dish is priced at $8 during the restaurant’s weekday happy hour. 

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