Friday, September 21, 2007

Help Me, Please, Find Mac and Cheese

I'm on a quest. Who in Indianapolis has the best macaroni and cheese? Traditional? Funky (Mmmm, Steve Oakley's pesto mac and goat cheese)? Baked? Custard? Crumbs on top? Where oh were to go for white comfort food in a baking dish?

11 comments:

Ed said...

Got to be Zest 54th st

scubachef said...

I've been really impressed with the Mac 'n' Cheese from Soul Food Express just south of 38th St. on Keystone. But, believe it or not, some of the tastiest is from the hot deli section of the Omalia's downtown (but they almost never have it). They also have great berry cobbler there.

terrykirts said...

Other good upscale versions: Capitol Grille, Tyler's at 6 (though I haven't checked if it's on his menu lately), the macaroni with smoked chicken at Chancellor's at IUPUI, and apparently the Italian mac & cheese at Amalfi is great, though I can't say that from firthand experience.

For traditional, I like the mac & cheese at Ruben's Que on Lafayette Road, Hoghead's Barbecue, and, though many will flog me for this, the mac & cheese at Shapiro's, which is that crusty-topped kind with a very lighthand of cheese that just feels like a cafeteria of one's youth.

Cathleen said...

Don't flame me, but the Cheesecake Factory actually has some of the best mac and cheese I have had.

braingirl said...

No flame from me -- I'm kind of partial to their baja chicken tacos. And, well, they used to have those deep fried mac/cheese balls.

I wanted to try it at Chancellor's but it was a business lunch and the portion looked huge. (Plus everything else we had there was pretty far off.)

Man, now I have another thing at Capitol Grill to load up on besides the truffle fries.

Anonymous said...

Amalfi and Fleming's (yes, Fleming's) make mac-and-cheese that's way too good to be wasted on kids, and Shapiro's is of course the classic.

Michael said...

Best item on the menu at Flemings is the mac 'n cheese!!!

terrykirts said...

Just noticed that 14 West has a mac and cheese with lobster and brie. Can't imagine that it wouldn't at least be edible.

Joanne said...

I really liked the Mac and Cheese at 14 West, we've had it a few times and it's been my favorite thing there. I had the Oakley's version on Friday night, it was really good too. I am not a big fan of more traditional, bread-crumby mac and cheese, it skeeves me out.

braingirl said...

I see mac/cheese w/ lobster and brie in my very near future.

Anonymous said...

Due to inclement weather and flight cancellations I spent an unscheduled evening in Indianapolis. I walked around and stumbled upon 14 West. It had a good "feel" so I decided to sit down and enjoy a nice meal.

Being a New Englander, I was skeptical of the mac and cheese, but the waitperson insisted that it was the best thing on the menu.

Hesitantly I ordered it, along with the Kansas veal strip steak.

Bottom line is that the mac and cheese was just about the best I ever had. The cheeses meld in a subtle way, and the flavor of the lobster shined against a lovely backdrop of brie and other cheeses.

This is not your mother's mac and cheese, but why go out for that anyway?

Highly recommended.

p.s. The veal steak was great too.