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Indulge in Gourmet Mac and Cheese
Posted: January 31, 2022
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Who said macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Gourmet twists on this classic comfort food are popping up on menus across NEPA, from our cool gastropubs to our upscale restaurants. We’re talking pasta drenched in artisan cheeses and finished with toppings like buttery lobster or slow-roasted short ribs. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, we don’t know what does.
Proven fact: everything is better with cheese. So join the mac and cheese craze and savor every gooey, creamy bite at these local restaurants.
NEPA Restaurants with Amazing Macaroni and Cheese:
Ale Mary’s puts an upscale twist on everyone’s beloved mac and cheese. Don’t miss the heavenly seafood mac with shrimp, lobster, fiery parm sauce, beer cheese and Old Bay panko.
Anthracite Café is a scratch kitchen and beer garden that knows how to do comfort food right. Their menu includes gourmet mac and cheese, a macaroni-stuffed cheeseburger and their famous deep-fried macaroni logs.
Backyard Ale House
This pub serves bar foods with a creative twist, and their baked mac and cheese is no exception. Order a craft beer to pair with the bacon mac, or turn up the heat with a plate of their “kickin’” mac with hot sauce and peppers.
Benny Brewing Company
Come for the local craft beers and stay for the cast-iron baked mac and cheese. This brewpub always has specialty macaroni on the menu. Benny Brewing also does a mean pit barbecue, so be sure to try the smoked pastrami mac.
Cherry Creek Hideaway
Cherry Creek Hideaway serves specialty macaroni coated in a house-made blend of Gouda and cheddar. Try their amazing combos like buffalo chicken and cracked pepper mac.
This food truck spreads the gooey, cheesey love all around NEPA. FonDippity’s mac is covered in their signature fondue cheese and loaded with gourmet toppings. They kick things up a notch with flavors like buffalo chicken, Korean barbeque and pulled pork.
Lani’s Grilled Cheese Shop
East Stroudsburg, PA
Get your fill of cheesy goodness at Lani’s, a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant. In addition to their creative sandwiches, they also offer house-made mac and cheese bowls loaded with toppings like pulled pork, jerk chicken and more.
OTOWN Bar & Grill
OTOWN Bar & Grill in Olyphant whips up made-from-scratch macaroni. Try the creamy lobster mac and cheese or the slow-roasted short rib mac and cheese.
Purple Pepper Deli
This sandwich shop makes epic mac ‘n’ cheese bowls smothered in creamy white queso. The house mac is an instant classic, but they also have creative flavors like chipotle corn and chicken chorizo, everything bagel, cheesesteak and more.
Order a cast-iron skillet full of cheesy heaven at River Grille in Plains. Try the decadent lobster mac with sherry cheese sauce or the crispy chicken mac drizzled with tangy barbecue sauce.
Embrace your inner foodie at this elegant bistro and wine bar. The Charcuterie always has a fresh stock of artisan cheeses, all the better for a bowl of melt-in-your mouth macaroni.
The Tipsy Turtle
Jenkins Township & Swoyersville, PA
The Tipsy Turtle serves delicious macaroni and cheese at both of their locations. Try the classic cavatappi pasta or order a special flavor like the popular “sweet hot” chicken mac.
The Wooden Keg Tavern
St. Clair, PA
This cool, historic Irish pub has a whole section of the menu devoted to mac. They have everything from classic, creamy macaroni to specialties like buttery crab and smoked brisket.
Pottsville & Tamaqua, PA
There’s no such thing as too much cheese. This gourmet grilled cheese restaurant is known for their off-the-wall sandwiches, but don’t miss their homemade mac and cheese either. Get it as a side, or order a whole bowl.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 2/26/2020.