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Best Mac and Cheese

Best Mac and Cheese

Put down that Kraft box and check out the 918’s best spots for tantalizing (and powder-free) mac and cheese dishes, with nuances ranging from pork belly and bits of bacon to crunchy breadcrumb toppings and fitting as many gooey cheese as possible into a single batch.

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Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon
Published
February 1, 2017 1:37 PM

Ah, the delights of childhood. Amid snowy days playing outside, making snowmen, throwing snowballs and sledding down the neighborhood hill, your mom kept you warm and well fed with hot chocolate and carbolicious dishes that still make your heart flutter all these years later as a grown-up. At any age, one such dish is the glorious mac and cheese — gooey, cheese laden pasta goodness that tastes like the simpler days of cartoons and sleepovers, when you lived without a care in the world.

Well, we’ve got good news: mac and cheese is still an option if it’s made for your more experienced, adult taste buds, especially when you’re out with family and friends. Many restaurants around Green Country serve up this delicious, decadent comfort food with culinary twists to make you marvel — from traditional to light, gooey to spicy, peppers to pimentos and more.

We’re not talking about food served from a box bought in a grocery store. We’re talking homemade, creative versions of a meal you loved as a kid … and can still love without shame. Here are Green Country’s best mac and cheese dishes for your enjoyment.

Patrons of the Brady District’s Tavern rave about its zesty Angry Mac & Cheese.

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Albert G’s
421 E. 1st | Tulsa
2748 S. Harvard Ave. | Tulsa
Where better to enjoy a traditional side of mac and cheese than a barbecue restaurant? Albert G’s serves up classic smoked meats and sides in a laid-back atmosphere, alongside a drink menu that whiskey lovers particularly enjoy because their options are so extensive. Get the buttery mac and cheese with an Oklahoma craft beer and then head to a sports game downtown to make a night of it.

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Bramble Breakfast and Bar
313 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa
A Tulsa farm-to-table success story, the Bramble Breakfast and Bar makes sure every meal is served with fresh, delicious ingredients, sprinkled with a touch of gratitude and devotion to its patrons. Its atmosphere, which features eclectic hanging light fixtures, brick walls and rustic wood tables, is matched by their food and bar selections. Bramble’s careful preparation and attention to detail shows in the 2nd Street Mac and Cheese dish. Made with five tasty cheeses blended with breadcrumbs and love, it goes great with anything you order.

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The Brook
3401 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
7727 E. 91st | Tulsa
Amazing is one word that has been used to describe The Brook’s version of mac and cheese. It is unquestionably for those leaning more toward shells and cheddar cheese rather than other, more eclectic baked varieties. This dish features milky, cheesy goodness poured on top of large pasta shells, and it will make you savor every bite and feel sad when it’s gone. In Brookside or South Tulsa, for lunch or dinner, The Brook’s mac and cheese is a required side.

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Burn Co Barbeque
1738 S. Boston | Tulsa
Burn Co uses an army of Hasty-Bakes to bring Tulsa some of its best barbecue. And what goes better with barbecue than mac and cheese, right? Grab yourself a tasty side to go with your big boy portion of ribs or chopped brisket. It’s a thick, smoky, cheesy side that rivals the rest of the meal. It’s only served Thursday through Saturday, so plan accordingly.

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Caz’s Chowhouse
18 E. Brady St. | Tulsa
This warm, inviting downtown Tulsa eatery is known for serving up comfort food in upscale style, all the better to go with your evening at the Brady Theater or BOK Center. They serve southern comfort favorites like fried catfish, meatloaf, pot roast, and chicken and waffles. Order a full meal with a side of their satisfying mac and cheese as a treat. Hint: Caz’s mac and cheese is a huge hit with children.

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Claret Cafe
3302 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
Combine America’s insane obsession with seafood (all things shrimp, crab and scallops) and mac and cheese, and you’ve got a dish to die for. Claret Café’s adult take on our beloved childhood meal is melt-in-your-mouth and save-some-for-later good. A mound of long, spiral-shaped pasta, smothered in a house-made beer cheese mixed with tasty chunks of seafood, all topped with bits of bacon, will become the whole reason you stopped at the corner of Kenosha and 129th.

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Dave & Buster’s
6812 S. 105th E. Ave. | Tulsa
When you want to combine the playfulness of childhood with adult food and fun, Dave & Buster’s is a great place to go. With video games, sports on the big screen and other games, this is a playground on steroids. Their satisfying menu includes treats like loaded burgers and alcoholic snow cones. Their decadent Ultimate Mac & Cheese features flame-grilled chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, curly pasta and creamy aged sharp cheddar cheese sauce, sprinkled with garlic breadcrumbs and baked until brown and bubbly.

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Deco Deli
415 S. Boston Ave. | Tulsa
Along with its wide variety of sandwiches, salads, soups, street tacos, wraps and smoothies, Deco Deli’s version of mac and cheese — an orzo pasta with parmesan — is not a side that stays on the plate for long. Whether you’re popping in on a lunch break, looking for a quick bite to eat, or taking a leisurely visit to the Deco District and its shops on a weekday afternoon, the Deli’s mac and cheese is an excellent complement to everything else they’ll serve up for you.

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Doc’s Wine & Food
3509 S. Peoria | Tulsa
In the heart of Brookside, Doc’s Wine & Food provides a comfortable atmosphere of community, where customers can expect creative food (mostly Creole and seafood), fine drink (wine, cocktails and seasonal drinks) and first-class service. And while it’s technically a side dish, their mac and cheese deserves more love. They simmer heavy cream on high heat, with melted Irish cheddar and a dash of salt and pepper. Then the sauce is tossed with macaroni and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Incredible Pizza
8314 E. 71st | Tulsa
If you have children, or if you want to relive a little of your own childhood, Incredible Pizza is absolute gaming fun. We’re talking go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, video games, prizes — and a spread of pizza, tacos, spuds, chicken nuggets and of course, tasty mac and cheese loaded with parmesan. It’s perfect for feeding a birthday gaggle of young ones at a good price, and for indulging your inner child.

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Napa Flats
9912 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
One of several great spots in town for an intimate meal with a loved one or a casually elegant time with friends, Napa Flats excels in great food and great service. And they know how to serve comfort food in style. Their Poblano Mac n Cheese is truly special, made with four different cheeses, freshly roasted poblano peppers, rotini pasta and finished off with a toasted Parmesan Italian topping. Regulars love it, and you will too.

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PRHYME
111 N. Main | Tulsa
A truly phenomenal, upscale restaurant in Tulsa is PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse. With spectacular service and an elegant atmosphere in the heart of the Brady District, PRHYME is ideal for a wonderful night out. Matching the establishment’s reputation as an extra-special dining experience, the spicy mac n’ cheese gratin is a one-of-a-kind side that holds its own. Baked to perfection and elegantly presented, with just the right amount of spice, you’ll wonder where this dish has been all your life.

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Red Rock Canyon Grill
9916 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa
Enjoy Red Rock’s five-cheese mac on the side with either the seared tenderloin or smoked salmon, and you cannot be disappointed. To match the lively, fun, exciting atmosphere of the restaurant’s open, wood-burning rotisserie kitchen, the mac and cheese at Red Rock is a delightful choice and pleasing to the palate. It is expertly prepared every time with all the culinary care of every other item on the menu.

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Rib Crib
2077 SE Washington Blvd. | Bartlesville
12850 S. Memorial | Bixby
121 W. Kenosha | Broken Arrow
1736 S. Lynn Riggs Blvd. | Claremore
1801 S. Main | Grove
421 S. George Nigh | McAlester
150 W. Shawnee St. | Muskogee
8551 N. 129th E. Ave. | Owasso
405 W. Wekiwa Road | Sand Springs
705 S. Mission St. | Sapulpa
1909 S. Muskogee Ave., Suite 800 | Tahlequah
3022 S. Garnett | Tulsa
5025 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
8040 S. Yale | Tulsa
302 E. 1st | Tulsa
3232 W. Skelly Drive | Tulsa
This Tulsa-based barbecue restaurant chain is legendary for its attention to detail in serving up slow cooked, smoked meats that will have you happily drooling barbecue sauce down your chin in public. Local families love it and consider it a must-visit many times a year. Among their many sides, yes, they have a classic picnic style, velvety mac and cheese that goes well with their pulled pork and brisket.

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Sisserou's
107 N. Boulder | Tulsa
If you haven’t been to Sisserou’s yet, you are missing out. Their Caribbean-infused specialties are inventive, occasionally spicy and just plain delicious. You could make a meal of their coconut shrimp appetizer with marmalade sauce. Their pork tenderloin is a favorite of many, as is the Salmon Rasta Pasta. Their baked macaroni and cheese is a light, slightly crunchy side that serves as a good complement to spicier main courses.

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The Tavern
201 N. Main | Tulsa
Patrons of the Brady District’s Tavern rave about its zesty Angry Mac & Cheese. It’s cavatappi pasta and creamy sauce of five blended cheeses, along with a touch of sambal chili for spice, makes it the perfect side to the Tavern’s unique entrées that master chef Ben Alexander produces day in and day out. To say it’s a complete must when visiting is an understatement. You’ll be anything but angry after ordering this cheesy dish.

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Ti Amo
6024 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
219 S. Cheyenne Ave. | Tulsa
When you want an upscale dining experience in a warm, inviting atmosphere, Ti Amo makes the list. The low lighting, rich wood tables and excellent personal service make for a great date night or special time with friends and family. Ti Amo serves their Italian inspired dishes with a decidedly Mediterranean flair, and offers excellent fish and steak options. For a truly decadent dinner treat, opt for the comforting yet elevated Lobster Shrimp Mac & Cheese — pasta in velvety cheese sauce with a sprinkle of bacon.

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Western Country Diner
1905 S. Sheridan | Tulsa
Every single item on Western Country Diner’s menu is entirely about comfort, served up in satisfying portions and a reasonable price. The diner’s mac and cheese is no exception. For many, it’s certainly a good old-fashioned reminder of homemade cooking from younger days. Just out of the oven, hot and steamy, every bite of the cheesy goodness is as good as the next. Lovers of buttery cheese will always be glad they ordered one of the diner’s best sides.

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J. Bradley’s
3308 S. Peoria | Tulsa

Nelson’s Buffeteria
4401 S. Memorial | Tulsa

Shiloh’s
2604 N. Aspen Ave. | Broken Arrow

SMOKE. on Cherry Street
1542 E. 15th | Tulsa

Tallgrass Prairie Table
313 E. 2nd St. | Tulsa

TWL Bistro
7890 E. 106th Place | Tulsa

The Vault
620 S. Cincinnati Ave. | Tulsa

The Wild Fork
1820 Utica Square | Tulsa