Eleven days into the New Year and those resolutions are sticking like glue.You've made it to the gym at least five times and remained steadfast>"/>
Eleven days into the New Year and those resolutions are sticking like glue.You've made it to the gym at least five times and remained steadfast to the mantra "so many salads, so little time". Good for you!
Maybe it's because it's chilly and grey or maybe it's just because we're assholes, but some carb heavy temptation seems to be in order. Get ready for the one dish that can make both Jilllian Michaels and Paula Dean simultaneously weep for very different reasons...Macaroni and Cheese.
Hate us all you want--It's time to otherwise employ that elastic waistband on your work out pants and revisit the best baked, comfort food/diet busters the city has to offer:
West 5 (4539 California Ave SW)
Proclaimed "the Best Mac 'n Cheese in the West" this California Ave. joint's skill with melty, dairy goodness has given the Food Network many an occasion to get all up in their business. The famous Astral Mac 'n Cheese is baked in a round dish and served with a side of ...bread and butter.
Gainsbourg (8550 Greenwood Ave N)
Surprise! This spot, that pays tribute to the love of Serge and Jane does it's M&C with a French focus. The Macaronis et Fromage features Penne, Gruyere, Brie, roasted garlic & thyme. It's dense, richness will have you pushing it to the other end of the table for a little digestive relief. Moments later however, your taste buds take over and the nibbling will begin again. A perfect pairing with their roasted beet salad and house Cava. Note: Due to a recent kitchen fire, Gainsbourg's Mac won't be back till Friday, January 13.
Beecher's know a thing or two about cheese.
The Kingfish Café (602 19th Avenue East)
The Down Home Mac and Cheese is huge, looks like a brick and is infused with mushrooms and onions. Even though it's a pricey $14.50, it's served with a green salad and has a cult of devotees so loyal there must be at least one photo shrine somewhere in its honor.
Beecher's (1600 Pike Place)
This Pike's market shop does Mac two ways.The first, "World's Best" may sound boastful till you take a hit of it, as it is deliciously simple-- just Penne and the in-house, hand crafted, world famous, cheese. The second "Mariachi" variety features veggies and roasted chilies, adding a little roughage and zing to this classic.
Poco Wine Room (1408 East Pine Street)
Three year's ago we did a list of local Mac 'n Cheese to die to for. Our friends at West 5 made the cut again, as did Poco. Why? Two word: Truffles and Prosciutto.