Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in DC

The Smith Skillet Roasted Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Delivered version.

[Up-to-date as of March 6th, 2022]
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to find the best macaroni and cheese (mac ‘n’ cheese) in DC.

Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them.

Gold Tier

  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park/Zoo area)
    • $14
    • Sharp white & mild cheddar /shell pasta /truffle oil
  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • $12
    • possible ingredients: goat, fontal, parmesan, and gruyere cheeses with a crunchy gremolata on top
  • Granville Moore’s / Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $13 at Granville Moore’s, $15 at Queen Vic
    • Gnocchi mac & cheese
    • Cheddar, Bechamel, Herb Mix, Toasted Breadcrumbs
    • Same owners, possibly same dish
  • Oooh’s and Aaah’s (U Street, Brightwood Park)
    • $5.45 (med), $6.45 (lg)
    • “Signature Mac and cheese”
  • Bammy’s (Navy Yard)
    • $8
    • Macaroni pie
    • Cheddar & Grated onion
    • 33% who’ve had said it’s best in DC. 89% who’ve had it like it. But only 9% have

Silver Tier

  • Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan)
    • $3.25 (Sm), $8.75 (lg) mac & cheese
    • Shell pasta baked with smoked cheddar, sharp cheddar, jack cheeses w/ a bit a kick
  • Brookland’s Finest
    • $12 bacon mac & cheese
    • Smoked gouda, Tillamook cheddar, applewood bacon, bacon lardons
  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)
    • $14 black truffle mac & cheese ($30 w/ lobster)
  • DCity Smokehouse (Bloomingdale)
    • $6 (small), $10 (large)
    • Mac n Jack Cheese
  • GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar (Downtown)
    • $5.25 (side), $12.75 (entree portion build your own)
    • For entree, can choose between different cheeeses and pasta types
    • Several fancy versions with add-ins for a bit more

Bronze Tier

  • Farmbird (H Street, Penn Quarter)
    • $3.95 (can also be included as side with plate/sandwich)
    • Cheddar, toasted bread crumbs (fast casual)
  • The Smith (PQ and U Street)
    • $17 skillet roasted Mac + cheese
  • Henry’s Soul Cafe (U Street)
    • $3.99 (small) $4.75 (large)
  • Due South (Navy Yard)
    • $7
    • Fusilli, fontina, Jack, Chedda
  • Rockland’s (Glover Park)
    • $3.69 (small), $7.99 (pint), $14.19 (quart)\
  • Service Bar (U Street)
    • $6 mac and cheese
    • Fusilli w/ gruyere, chevre, and jack cheese, mornay sauce topped w/ rosemary breadcrumbs
  • Carolina Kitchen (Edgewoodish)
    • $4.79 mac and cheese

Others Mentioned: Pub and the People, Lincoln, Half Smoke, Le Diplomate, Tico, Florida Ave. Grill, Union District Oyster Bar, Park at 14tH, DC Harvest, Hill Country, Purple Patch, Circa, Hitching Post, Jerk at Night, Jam Duong, Roy Boys, Honeymoon Kitchen, Lulu’s, Tunnicliff’s

One response to “Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in DC”

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    Flights and Foods

    I’ve been wanting macaroni and cheese all week. I’ve definitely been too lazy to make my own so this list is looking really good right about now.

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