Anyone who craves comfort food will likely have mac and cheese near the top of their must-eat list, especially during the cold winter months. If you’re wondering where to get a delicious plate of the Canadian classic in Toronto, here are six places to get your mac and cheese fix in the city.
Bobby Sue’s is Toronto’s first spot dedicated solely to the gooey, cheesy favorite. The people that brought the city Hawkerbar and Poutini’s House of Poutine have turned their attention to mac and cheese and opened up a popular take-out spot for the comfort food favorite.
Starting with cavatappi pasta then topped with classic béchamel sauce, the noodles are then topped with a variety of cheeses depending on the type of mac you’re getting. This could be anything from classic mac and cheese to the green trees mac featuring broccoli and chili, to the carbonara mac topped with pancetta, grand Padano and an egg yolk.
Cut the Cheese
If you happen to be craving mac and cheese while in the Junction, you can make a stop at Cut the Cheese to get your fix. The small spot specializes in grilled cheese sandwiches as well as mac and cheese and makes most of what ends up in or on your meal in-house, from the ketchup and mayo to the pickles and hot sauce. There are six types of mac to choose from on the regular menu and two decadent varieties on the “secret” menu. You can go with the classic featuring aged cheddar and herbs or opt for something with a twist, like the southern comfort, which gets you mac and cheese with deep fried buttermilk popcorn chicken, roasted bell peppers, sautéed corn, banana peppers, and emmental cheese.
Another cheese-centric spot to go for a dose of gooey goodness is Cheesewerks. As the name would suggest, they know their cheese and focus their menu on mac and cheese as well as grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, quesadillas, and fondue. The menu is made up of ‘cities” which you choose one of, for example, Los Angeles, which gets you Havarti, smashed avocado, arugula, and citrus compote.
Then you choose the type of comfort food you want those ingredients to be part of, be it your mac and cheese or a plate of nachos. It’s a fun concept and one that offers a lot of creative combos perfect for mac and cheese.
The mac and cheese at 24-hour Thompson Diner is one of the more decadent versions in the city. Their double mac and cheese with truffle oil comes loaded with punchy asiago and melty mozzarella, the truffle oil giving everything an especially rich quality. If that’s not quite enough for you, you can add goat cheese or bacon for a few bucks extra.
This friendly spot in Bloor West Village is a popular brunch spot but it’s not just their creative takes on breakfast classics that make it worth visiting. Good Fork’s mac and cheese is a menu highlight and sees the classic elbow pasta smothered in a saucy blend of béchamel, gouda, fontina, and cheddar all topped with lemon and thyme crumbs. If you’re really hungry you can add smoked chicken or a vegetable.
This perpetually packed spot in Toronto’s financial district is well known for their famous mac and cheese, which has (justifiably) become a signature dish on the menu. This version sees a blend of mozzarella, cheddar, chèvre, and Parmesan come together under a tarragon-scented breadcrumb crust.