Whether of the three-cheese variety or bolstered by bacon, mac and cheese is a real delight. And Delaware’s restaurants are serving up some insanely delicious options. From lobster mac to lasagna mac, here are the best places for mac and cheese in the state!
Opened in 2010, this family-friendly, Aussie-themed, pub and grill offers creative mac and cheese flavors, half off mac and cheese Monday, delivery, live nightly entertainment, happy hour, and more. Boasting over 10 flavors of mac and cheese, including lobster mac and cheese, lasagna mac, pizza mac, Cajun shrimp and crab mac, and Philly cheese steak mac. Plus, don’t forget about nachos, burgers, over 30 draught and bottled beer, and more.
So you figure with a name like Grandpa Mac (named after Cameron McCurdy, born in 1901), the place should know a thing or two about pasta, right? Well, try a thing or three. According to the owners, brothers Orion and Cameron McCurdy, “it all starts with the pasta” and ends “when guests are satisfied, feel full, happy, and taken care of.” Grandpa’s boasts 15 pasta dishes including, the signature mac and cheese, vegan mac and cheese, lobster mac and cheese, hot dog and jalapeno mac and cheese, and more.
Opened in 2013 by Ami Rae, the Backyard offers down-home good eats and an innovative and clever way. Take the crab fries or the mango chicken salad, for example. Plus, you are not going to believe how good their creamy cheddar cheese mac and cheese is, or that it is even better when stuffed into a sandwich like “The Trucker.” We are talking a sandwich that includes barbecue pulled pork, caramelized onion, hand-cut fries, and, of course, mac and cheese.
Opened in 2011 by mother and son team, Susan Alexander and Tom Alexander, Lettie’s already has under its belt a “Best Fried Chicken” award and “Best American Cuisine” from the Best of Delaware. Featuring melt-in-your-mouth barbecue, stuffed baked potatoes, fried chicken, and mac and cheese, you can eat in or order fried chicken by the box. Just make sure to get a side of their famous mac and cheese, too.
Delaware is no stranger to homemade and smoked meats. The scrapple capital of the world, and home to a large Dutch and Polish presence also doesn’t hurt. Opened in 1971 by Samuel "Scotty" Lavery, at Provision South you’ll find homemade keilbasa and sausages, meatballs, burgers, brisket and more. But what is the perfect side dish with smoked meats? That’s right, mac and cheese. And you will find none better in the Bethany Beach area than the cheesy creamy casserole mac at Provision South.
Opened in 1967 by Henry and Carol Huffman, the Cheese Chalet offers a bevy of foreign and domestic cheeses, as well as their own homemade spreads and cheese products. But the real find here is the mac and cheese, and, wouldn’t you know the cheese people know a thing or two about this Italian-American dish. Get all-day, all-delicious options, like macaroni with four cheeses, Tuscan macaroni and Cheese, Macaroni and cheese with tomatoes and gruyère, or macaroni and cheese with manchego and leeks.
Opened in 1980 by Norman Buczik and his brother, Doc’s is a full-service, high-quality butcher that offers catering services as well as entrees and sides in the ship. Get premium cuts of prime meat for any occasions, as well as barbecue, sides, and casseroles for an occasion. And you had better believe this old-fashioned butcher has and old-fashioned recipe for some cheesy, stick-to-your-ribs mac and cheese as well.
So far, we have talked about mac and cheese and seafood, mac and cheese with barbecue and smoked meats, mac and cheese with pizza, and mac and cheese with fried chicken. The one thing we haven’t talked about is the classic American dish, mac and cheese and hot dogs. Locally owned and operated, Johnnie’s has a retro vibe and an all-American menu, including just under 30 styles of hot dogs, burger, shakes, wings, and a creamy cheddar mac and cheese that goes perfectly with your favorite dog.