Maybe the gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese trend is just a fad, but far be it from us to complain. We’ve loved the humble dish since mom made it for us on sick days, eating it by the spoonful as the “Price is Right” blared on the TV.
In fact, not loving the gluttonous combo of soft noodles smothered in thick cheese sauce seems somewhat un-American, perhaps even inhuman.
We got our mac on, and walked (it was actually more of a waddle by the end) through all the mac ‘n’ cheeses being offered in southwest Florida. Here, eight that you should try before this trend dies out.
Mac ‘n’ cheese with roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts
On the menu at Yanos:
This was—by far—the most adult mac ‘n’ cheese we tried. It was like seeing that nerdy kid you grew up with years later and realizing he’s grown into a total stud. This dish is mac ‘n’ cheese in full-grown stud mode. Maybe it’s the three very adult cheeses—Manchego, smoked gouda and aged cheddar—that executive chef and owner Chris Yonovich uses in the sauce, maybe it’s the bits of tangy roasted red pepper and artichoke heart running through it or the tiny micro greens tucked ever so carefully on the top. Whatever it is, you’ll want a second date with this mac for sure.