Best Mac N Cheese In Orange County

July 14, 2015 6:00 AM

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Macaroni and cheese, or comfort food as it is sometimes called, was a favorite for most during childhood. Not only was it easy and quick to prepare, but it was tasty and satisfying. Mac n’ cheese is making a rebound in restaurants around the country, but this new twist on an old favorite differs in many ways from the comfort food of childhood. Chefs have added more ingredients and developed unique ways to present this classic. See where this cheesy dish is making strides at these restaurants.

slidebar Best Mac N Cheese In Orange County


122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-2233

Independently owned and operated by Sean Francis and Jeremy Popoff, the guys behind Slidebar in Fullerton celebrate the history of Orange County music while serving great food and drinks. However, what would be a complete menu without the inclusion of mac n’ cheese? The Slidebar Kitchen serves some pretty ideal mac n’ cheese, donning the name ‘The’ Mac n’ Cheese. Featuring a rich blend of white cheddar and fontina cheese, this delicious dish is topped with parmesan cheese and panko bread crumb gratin.

elbows Best Mac N Cheese In Orange County


Elbows Mac n Cheese
215 W Birch St
Brea, CA, 92821
(714) 784-6613

You know when a restaurant has ‘Mac n Cheese’ in the name it has to know what it’s doing when it comes to the classic American dish. With locations in Brea, and Cerritos, Elbows definitely does. Operated by owners who pride themselves on the quality of ingredients and high standard of service, the menu features American home cooking, adding a twist to an old comfort of mac n’ cheese. Diners can choose from the 12 melty mac n’ cheese selections or build their own. Start with the size (regular or large), then select macaroni pasta or steak fries, choose your cheese (10 options), add some mix-ins like basil, broccoli or cilantro and top it all off with your meat preference (seven choices like lobster). If building your own is too daunting of a task, enjoy Elbows’ specialties like fajita mac, pizza mac or cajun mac.

eccos Best Mac N Cheese In Orange County


Ecco Pizzeria and Bar
2937 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 444-3226

Entering Ecco, one is reminded of a Naples pizzeria or a local tavern; a casual place to enjoy drinks with friends or have a meal. While the emphasis is pizza, Ecco does include variations of the old-time comfort food. Diners can order mac n’ cheese from the sides section of the menu if looking for a smaller serving of noodles and fontina, gorgonzola and pancetta cheeses. However, if coming in for a late-night snack (between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays), then fried mac is in store. This dish, offered on the bites section of the parlor menu, includes the three previously-mentioned cheeses and macaroni noodles fried inside a ball of dough. What could be better than some fried pasta and a beer?

eatchow Best Mac N Cheese In Orange County


Eat Chow
211 62nd St
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
(949) 423-7080

With locations in Newport Beach, and Costa Mesa, Orange County’s Eat Chow features not just one, but two delicious lunch & dinner mac and cheese dishes. Both dishes claim to be made with “Lots of Love” too. The five-cheese mac n’ cheese and truffle mac n’ cheese will bring a large smile to your face with Tillamook Cheddar, French Goat Cheese, Emmentaler Swiss, Spanish Manchego, Muenster, Penne, and a nice Panko Parmesan Crust. Or, choose from the Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese with five cheeses, oyster mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, and truffle oil mixed in a penne and finished up with a panko parmesan crust.

(credit: Anita L./Yelp)

(credit: Anita L./Yelp)

Yard House
Irvine Spectrum Center
620 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-9373

At Orange County’s Yard House, the options are plenty if you’re looking for some mac n cheese. Whatever location you decide to dine at, whether the Irvine Spectrum Center one, or other, you can dine on their ‘Gardein’ mac n cheese, with chicken, wild mushrooms, cheddar, parmesan and truffle oil. Or, try their traditional Mac + Cheese with chicken, bacon, wild mushrooms, cheddar, parmesan and truffle oil. Kids have their own version too!

Mona Graham is a freelance writer, writing for Mona has lived in Orange County since 1958 and has a great familiarity with the area. Her hobbies are travelling, writing and photography. Her work can be found at
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