DC Refined: 17 places to satisfy your soul with mac and cheese

From DC Refined by Lani Furbank:

“Mac and cheese may just be the epitome of comfort food. Creamy, satisfying, and oh-so-indulgent.

Here are 17 decadent mac and cheese dishes to try now:

All Set

The aged Gruyére and white cheddar mac and cheese at this New England-inspired seafood spot is given a coastal quality with crab and Old Bay. It’s topped with Sriracha biscuit crumbs and then baked. ($14)


Barrel’s mac and cheese is a fan favorite, made with goat, Fontal, Parmesan, and Gruyére cheese, plus a zesty gremolata. ($14)

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery and Lil’ B Coffee & Eatery

Chef David Guas switches up his mac and cheese offering at Bayou and Lil’ B regularly to keep things interesting. Favorites include a New Orleans-style mac with crawfish and a veg-forward dish with fresh farmers market finds. ($7 at Bayou, $6 at Lil’ B)

BLT Steak

The juicy stacks of beef at this steakhouse are complemented by a creamy mac and cheese with aged white cheddar, Gruyére, toasted breadcrumbs, and parsley. ($12)


The most popular mac at this pasta truck is the classic mac with duck confit. The aged sharp white cheddar sauce is spiked with smoked paprika and accompanied by herbed duck confit. Crushed Cheez-Its, yellow cheddar, and chives provide the finishing touch. ($11)


The name of the game at this shop is cheese, so they naturally have a decadent mac and cheese. The Mac ‘n Cheesetique combines Asiago, goat Gouda, and Cacio de Roma cheeses in the sauce, and it’s sprinkled with truffle bread crumbs. The pasta is also made into arancini balls for dipping into marinara sauce. ($12)

Equinox Restaurant

Equinox’s truffled mac and cheese has been a customer favorite for years, and for good reason. It’s a satisfying combination of truffles, elbow macaroni, and Vermont cheddar. ($14)

Duke’s Grocery and Duke’s Counter

The white truffle mac and cheese at Duke’s Grocery and Duke’s Counter features a blend of sharp and mild cheddar plus white truffle oil over shell pasta. ($11)

GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar

GCDC takes two of the greatest cheesy creations and combines them. The Carolina BBQ grilled cheese is stuffed with four cheddars, mac and cheese, BBQ pork, bacon, and jalapeños. They also offer an indulgent lobster mac with Parmesan cream sauce, cheddar, and garlic-Parm bread crumbs. Both are served during dinner only. ($14)

Check out the rest of the dishes and photos HERE!

Featured photo courtesy of The Smith.

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