There’s something to be said for classic, comforting meals. No matter the weather, sometimes the mood is just right for mac and cheese. The food options in Essex County are pretty great as a whole, but nothing compares to Mac & Cheese as a meal, as a side with your comfort food, or a midnight snack (yes, we’ve all been there). Not only will these local spots satisfy your cravings, but the various takes on this dish will make the trek out into the cold worth it. Read on to find out where to discover some staple Mac & Cheese dishes in the Essex County area.
Cafe Moso | 307 Orange Road, Montclair
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This Montclair South Bistro offers an eclectic fusion of American cuisine with elaborate lunch and dinner menus. That eclectic food selection includes five different types of Baked Mac & Cheese – Spinach, Shrimp, Bacon, Pico De Gallo, and Classic. All these dishes are for the ultimate cheese lover with a blend of Gruyere, Vermont Cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Asiago cheese in every dish.
The Cloverleaf Tavern | 359 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
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The Cloverleaf Tavern is a comfort food lover’s dream. With an extensive list of food (and beer) options, this beloved spot is well-equipped to handle your Mac & Cheese cravings. While diners can order a side of delicious Mac & Cheese, consider trying the special – Mac & Cheese Balls. With a crispy, Guinness-based glaze and beer cheese on top, there’s no going wrong with this order.
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Michezo | 329 Valley Street, South Orange
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Newer to the Essex County scene, Michezo has our vegans covered. With a small but fantastic menu, Michezo will be a new go-to for Essex County neighbors. The Garlic Mac is Michezo’s take on Mac & Cheese that is full of flavor and the perfect addition to any main dish on the menu. Everything at the gourmet cafe is vegan, so feel free to indulge.
Raymond’s | 28 Church Street, Montclair
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A Montclair and North Jersey staple, Raymond’s is famous for many items on its menu – and the Mac & Cheese is no different. After ordering a side of Raymond’s Baked Mac & Cheese, you’ll order it every time you visit. This Baked Mac & Cheese can be ordered with dinner, lunch, or breakfast – this dish is good any time of day.
Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza | 64 1/2 Chestnut Street, Montclair
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With an authentic Southern barbecue feel at Ruthie’s, it’s only right that some of the best Mac & Cheese in the area is at this Montclair restaurant. For the complete BBQ experience including a delicious Mac & Cheese side, Ruthie’s is the spot. Patrons who time their visit right will catch some live music by amazing local talent while enjoying this cheesy side dish.
Stuffed Grassfed Burgers | 150 Valley Road, Montclair
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This Montclair burger joint prides itself on quality, with a focus on 100% grass-fed meat, the food is just *chef’s kiss.* If there’s one thing to order with a burger next visit – it’s the Mac & Cheese. Bonus: there are two ways to try it – either as a Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls or classic.
Sweet T’s Southern Eatery | 387 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Fried chicken, short rib, cornbread, and mac and cheese. Everyone’s Southern comfort favorites are available for lunch and dinner at Sweet T’s Southern Eatery in Montclair. This local spot serves up its Five Cheese Infamous Mac & Cheese Entrees, and we’re drooling over all four of the options. Regular Mac & Cheese, Shrimp, Turkey Sausage, and Pulled Chicken – all part of the menu. The hardest part will be choosing which one to order.