I have NO SHAME in my mac & cheese game. If you’re here to judge a 24 year old woman and her obsession with mac & cheese, kindly leave. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. Most, if not all, of my friends know that if there is mac & cheese on the menu, there’s no doubt I’m going to order it. You might even call me a mac & cheese connoisseur of sorts… I mean you should if you don’t already. So, the best way to put my obsession (errr. expertise) to good use is to direct my fellow cheese lover to some delightful restaurants that serve mac & cheese in Racine Wisconsin.
Baked Mac & Cheese at Roberta
Roberta is a fairly new restaurant to Racine; it opened December 2018. I’m sure this will come of no surprise to most people: it was absolutely necessary that my first dish be their baked mac and cheese. Oh, if you could only see the beautiful cheese pull that I experienced with my first bite into this cheesey noodle pile. It was glorious and at least over 12 inches long of gooey goodness. This mac dish includes mozzarella, cheddar, and smoked provolone.
Location: 322 6th St
Though they’re known for their wood-fired pizzas, Third Coast makes a MEAN mac & cheese dish, too! Treat yourself to their Adult Mac & Cheese: four glorious cheese blend, topped with more parmesan, green onions, smoked gouda, and grilled chicken. If you order this, you better come hungry! This creamy, cheese delicacy comes in a massive bowl. (And it’s also the perfect leftover meal).
Location: 207 Gas Light Cir
Mackin’ Cheese at Toad Hall
Some local Racinians might kill me for this one.. but I really just discovered the wonders of Toad Hall. How had I never had dinner here before?! Their menu is EXTENSIVE, and their sassy descriptions are hilarious.
It’s probably one of the CHEESIEST mac & cheese I’ve ever tasted. But it’s not for no reason, though! This mac has FIVE cheeses: cheddar, monterey jack, gruyere, herbed goat cheese, and parmesan. Shaved parmesan is one of my favorites, (so much so, I could eat it out of the bag. Yes I’m THAT much Wisconsin). You can top their mac with bacon, chicken (grilled, fried, OR buffalo style), or chili. I had to try the classic mac, but you can bet I’ll add buffalo chicken on top for my next visit!
Location: 611 Wisconsin Ave
Bacon Mac & Cheese at Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery
Another vote for a bacon mac! I feel like bacon and mac & cheese go together like… salt and pepper. PB & J. Milk & cookies. Coffee & donuts. Especially if the bacon is crispy, like it is at Ivanhoe Pub. You really can’t go wrong!
Location: 231 Main St
Brew House Mac & Cheese at Reefpoint Brewhouse
Yet another cheesy lake view! The mac & cheese at Reefpoint Brewhouse is pretty customizable, starting off with your choice of white cheddar or jalapeño cheese sauce. My advice? Take a chance on the jalapeño. It truly brings the dish to life, plus it’s not set-your-mouth-on-fire-and-die level of spicy. Just an interesting level of spicy! It’s topped with toasted bread crumbs which always adds a nice crunch. I usually nix any extra add-ons the first time I try a classic mac, y’know, to get a TRUE feel for how the dish tastes. You can top this mac with smoked chicken, pork, or beef brisket and a wide variety of vegetables.
Location: 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway
Bacon Mac & Cheese at Butcher & Barrel Gastropub
You want a delicious and classy mac? Head downtown to this gastropub: a supper club with a modern vibe to it. The prices reflect that this is slightly higher end restaurant, perfect for date night, but it won’t break the bank! It’s worth ditching the hoodie and shabby old shoes.
So what makes this mac classy, you ask? Besides delicious pieces of bacon on top (and who doesn’t love a solid bacon and cheese combo?), this mac is made with white cheddar and [smoked] gouda cheese. I always love a good comfort food dish that really gets creative with different types of cheese.
Pro Tip: Order one of their signature cocktails to really amp up that classy vibe.
Location: 300 6th St