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Where to Find the Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Boston Right Now

By Nathan Tavares, Boston Magazine


In the very un-scientific hierarchy of comfort foods—French fries, ice cream, tacos—one dish reigns supreme: mac ‘n’ cheese. After all, a great mac ‘n’ cheese combines all of the flavors and textures that light up our animal brain with fireworks of food euphoria: There’s that salty, creamy goodness, plus the full-belly feeling that comes along with caving in to carb cravings. And so, whether you’re a mac ‘n’ cheese purist or use the dish as a blank palette to pile on fixings, here are eight of the best variations to savor around Boston right now.




Buttermilk & Bourbon


It’s perhaps no surprise that a restaurant with the word “buttermilk” in its name would peddle a banging mac ‘n’ cheese. This Southern-influenced spot’s spin features a crock of curly cavatappi pasta smothered in a garlicky Boursin cheese sauce; it’s all tossed in the oven for a crisping finish, topped with breadcrumbs and a housemade riff on Velveeta, that golden (and addictive) processed cheese-adjacent foodstuff. Finally, it’s garnished with green onions for a bit of bite. All in, the dish is a bright nod to NOLA that cuts through even the grayest Boston day.

160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-1122, buttermilkbourbon.com.

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