Casseroles are the classic American comfort food, and nothing seems to do the job better than a creamy, steamy, ooey-gooey dish of macaroni and cheese. Whether you do it up old school with yellow cheddar and elbow macaroni, or indulge in a haute bacon /truffle/lobster/cave-aged gruyere concoction, Los Angeles has proven to be a city of mac-and-cheese champions and this list should leave everyone satisfied. – Arianna Armstrong
204 Orange Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
The cat is out of the bag on this tiny neighborhood bistro. At Last Café is often packed (thanks partly, no doubt, to an appearance on the Food Network), but it’s worth the wait to sample their classic American comfort food. At Last’s macaroni and cheese is, as expected, served in a simple, classic style, but is available with carnivorous add-ins like bacon, ham and grilled chicken.
747 North La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
If the suit-and-stiletto crowd at this West Hollywood hot spot is a little intimidating, perhaps The Belmont’s amazing happy hour deals will entice you out of your comfort zone. The mac ‘n’ cheese here is as luxurious as the shops nearby, but a heaping portion of the bacon, crab, tomato, smoked mozzarella, gouda, Swiss and provolone cheese mixture will only set you back $7 if you arrive between 4 – 7pm, weekdays. Even at full price, it’s worth every buttery, breadcrumb-topped, calorific bite.
672 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you’re in Mid-Wilshire and want mac ‘n’ cheese – with a side of laid-back and relaxed – Luna Park is where it’s at. This high-ceilinged, candle-lit American bar/lounge offers their classic version with broccoli, and you can opt for Neuske smoked ham for $1.25 extra. Go for the macaroni and cheese, but stay for the crowd-pleasing cocktails and make-your-own-smores.
246 North Cañon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
If you love steak, spending money and macaroni and cheese oozing with copious amounts of aged gorgonzola, then it doesn’t get any better than Mastro’s. This high-end chain steakhouse is entirely dedicated to the art of fine dining; the Gorgonzola Mac is entirely devoted to cheese. This decadent casserole doesn’t skim on the pungent stuff, and mixes in a total of five (count’em) different types of cheese, topped with a golden outside layer built like a dairy-concocted force field of pure yum.
11628 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
This bustling tribute to the traditional American table is tucked into the back of a strip mall – but that only adds to the restaurant’s charm. Nook fans claim that the Three Cheese Mac (parmesan, cheddar, gruyere) is the best in town. And if that doesn’t make you melty on the inside – this dish is served with a Caesar salad at lunch (when dinner rolls around, the macaroni and cheese becomes a side dish).
8454 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Taste on Melrose is the place for you if your idea of heaven sounds a lot like “white truffle oil and mushroom mac and cheese.” Rich, creamy, perfectly browned and bursting with truffle flavor, Taste’s macaroni and cheese is delicious and by far one of the most popular, value-priced macaroni and cheese dishes in town. While many people go with the sole intent of ordering the rich-n-creamy casserole, Taste offers a popular prix fixe menu that also gets rave reviews (and sometimes features the signature casserole).
5006 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
If you like your chicken served with waffles and your macaroni and cheese made straight-up old school, then it’s time for you to find a Roscoe’s. This chicken joint has five locations, all serving Southern specialties like greens, hot water cornbread and sweet potato pie. Their mac and cheese is yellow and creamy, covered in a gorgeous melty-brown crust and served in a bowl that’s running over with buttery goodness.