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Two Edgewater Restaurants Snag Best Mac ‘N Cheese Nods

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Photo: Chicago Tribune

When it comes to American comfort food, mac ‘n cheese is a standard. So when the Chicago Tribune‘s food and dining team decided to round up their favorite takes on the dish, Edgewater walked away with two mentions out of the 18 restaurants.

The popularity of the usual mac ‘n cheese dish, however, has given rise to unique takes on its creation. All the restaurants that received nods definitely bring their own flair. On the list, you will find unlikely ingredients such as chorizo, duck and oysters! Other takes on this foodie favorite offer a vegan option and a pizza topped with the cheesy pasta.

Making the list is Little Bad Wolf at 1541 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Since opening in August of 2014, it has become a local staple. The restaurant’s mac n’ cheese is made with cheesy corkscrew noodles accentuated by honey-cured bacon and topped with toasted breadcrumbs. The Tribune’s Nick Kindelsperger says, “the entree version is served in a bowl big enough to hold a beach ball.” $5 side, $13 entree portion.

Pearl’s Southern Comfort at 5352 N. Broadway Ave. also received a mention. Owners Danny Beck and Rich Hagerty opened this new Edgewater hotspot just one year ago to rave reviews. Their simple, Southern-style take on mac in a four-cheese sauce is sprinkled with crispy breadcrumbs. The Tribune’s Bill Daly says, “Their crunchiness offers contrast, emphasizing the creamy texture of the noodles and cheese. If ordered as a stand-alone side, rather than part of a meal, this mac arrives in an eye-catching square crock that keeps it toasty.” $6 side.


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