Top 5 Mac & Cheese Dishes in Burlington

Mac and cheese is a dish best served stateside, many would say, but Burlington has some legit versions of this comfort food that will make you weak in your knees when you see all the cheese. Some are places you'd expect to see this simple-yet-decadent dish, while others are somewhat surprising, amped up versions of a classic pasta meal. Here are our top 5 mac and cheese dishes in Burlington.

5. Pepperwood Bistro

The patio and the cold beer ... This Lakeshore Rd. resto offers up an in-house brewery and catering. Try getting a seat outside during the summer -- it's the first patio to fill up! Popular items include Caribbean Crab Cakes (complete with panko crust and avocado puree), artisan pizza, and the Chipotle Chicken Crunch. The sandwich features quick fried crispy chicken breast, sweet chipotle aioli, charred corn and roasted red pepper salsa, and crispy onion rings on an artisan Kaiser bun. This Lobster Mac and Cheese is large enough to share and has mushrooms, garlic, and lobster tail. (I just wish it had a crunchy coating!). Need I say more? Yum! Oh, and if you're into craft beer, you’ll def want to check out Pepperwood.

Price: $26.99

4. Squires Public House

This long-running Fairview St. pub has a loyal following, and it’s a family-friendly place, with lots of booths and plenty of sports enthusiasts by the bar. Servers know the regulars by name. Mostly known for fish and chips, the casual restaurant offers super-friendly service. Baked Bacon Mac and Cheese arrives in a cast-iron skillet with a cute little mitt. Clearly, it’s been in the oven. It has a four-cheese blend, elbow macaroni, bacon, and house-made cheese sauce. It’s delicious. There’s no salt, and I’m down with that because bacon is salty and I’d rather no salt than too much. Next time you’re in the mood for something hot, cheesy, and filling, you should try it.

Price: $15.99

3. Chaps

Don’t mess with the wild west. Chaps has been the king of wings for about 30 years now and this favourite on Fairview is the only location left. People from all over the world head to Chaps, the waitress says, adding there’s a couple who lands from Japan and takes a taxi straight from Pearson airport. There’s good reason. First they got me with their carrot cake and wings, and now I’m down with their mac and cheese. You’ll have to order it as part of a platter (we went with pierogies and flautas … all three were slathered in cheese on cheese on cheese. There’s no question about it … Chaps does comfort food so good. Giddy up!

Price: $23.99

2. Emma’s Back Porch

Emma's Seafood Mac and Cheese is made in-house and this dish arrives piping hot. Featuring lobster, shrimps, and scallops, it nearly has me licking my fingers in public (although I’d love to see a thicker sauce). But then I remember I'm at this cottage in south Burlington where Emma's - formally known as the Estaminet Standard Hotel - opened in 1919 and famous people such as legendary musician Louis Armstrong and former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (aka Dief the Chief) dined here, so I should exercise restraint. This Seafood Mac and Cheese even tastes great when you take it home and re-heat it!

Price: $19

1. Stone House

They’re known for their oysters and steak but we’re about to put you onto the Shrimp & Lobster Mac and Cheese. Stone House Restaurant opened in Jan. 2010 and features Mediterranean cuisine, including gourmet thin-crust pizzas, risotto, and pasta dishes. But the mac and cheese …. It’s served with fresh tiger shrimp and potato gnocchi in a garlic cream sauce baked with mozzarella, parmesan, and goat cheese … plus a two-ounce lobster tail. It’s accompanied by garlic bread, but you really don’t even want it because the entire dish feels so gluttonous and fancy and carb-loaded, however, you’ll eat it because it’s superb. If you haven’t tried it, head to Stone House for the best mac and cheese dish in Burlington!

Price: $29.95

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