It may be the cheesiest food holiday of the year…but each July 14th, we look forward to National Mac N’ Cheese Day! From bacon topped breakfast bowls to award-winning noodles, here are some of the best spots to indulge around San Diego:
Chef Kevin Templeton, from barleymash, really goes big with his barleymac dishes, made with cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, three-cheese blend, and breadcrumbs. Each option comes topped with the highest quality ingredients, including the Duck, Duck, Goat, comprised of spice duck confit, crispy duck skin, goat cheese, baby arugula, and a balsamic Jager drizzle. Stop in on National Mac and Cheese Day to treat yourself to any of Chef’s five creations!
Shake and Muddle, a fusion cocktail mixology bar located in the heart of Chula Vista, also has a selection of homestyle eatery comfort foods, sure to please any palate. Come for dinner and bite into The Mac & Cheese, made with creamy Swiss and Gruyère cheese sauce, breadcrumbs, and elbow pasta, found under the Hot Appetizers. Raise a toast to the indulgent food holiday with one of Shake and Muddle’s amazing cocktails, such as The Ksusha Spritz, with Lillet Rose, St. Germain, Pama Liqueur, and Anna Brut Champagne.
Celebrate this carb-lovers holiday by starting your morning at any of Breakfast Republic’s San Diego locations. The Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese comes topped with parmesan breadcrumbs, chives, and three eggs any style. You can even update the dish to include Breakfast Republic’s one-of-a-kind Jurassic Pork, thick cut bacon marinated and baked with paprika and brown sugar. Enjoy with a build your own beer or kombucha flight for the ultimate breakfast experience.
Featured on the Travel Channel for competing and winning the San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest in 2018, you’ve got to try The Smoking Gun’s ooey-gooey take on this classic comfort dish. Chef Andy Weiss has created the perfect combo of elbow macaroni noodles, poblano-beer cheese, and cheddar cheese, all of which make up the Smoking Gun Mac and Cheese! You can also enjoy the dish as a side to any of The Smoking Gun’s TV dinners, which consist of your choice of meat – ribs, wagyu brisket, pulled pork, lemon & herb pulled chicken – and two sides.
Though known for their decadent grilled cheese sandwiches, Grater Grilled Cheese also offers some oh-so-tasty, loaded mac n cheeses that you’re sure to love. Enjoy any of their three mac n cheese options, which start with a base of cavatappi pasta tossed with bechamel sauce and a 5-cheese blend. You get to select what comes next, from choices like Buffalo, with buffalo fried chicken and ranch, to Lobster, which includes cheese blend, lobster & krab mix, and pale ale chipotle aioli – yum!
Smokey & The Brisket invites BBQ lovers to speed on over to savor the smokey goodness of vintage, wood-burning cuisine, as the La Mesa spot is the real deal with it comes to tasty barbecue. Start your engines with their Brisket Burnt Ends & Jalapeño Mac ‘N Cheese, gooey mac ‘n cheese infused with fresh jalapeños, topped with burnet ends or brisket! Smokey & The Brisket also offers a side of mac ‘n cheese you can pair with any of their smoker specialties, like the dry-rubbed and smoked to perfection Pork Spare Ribs.