The bringing together of macaroni and cheese is an act of harmonious coupling which results in one of life’s purest and comfiest pleasures.
Over recent years it could be said that no one indulges in this rich and gooey treat more than the people of Glasgow – to the extent where we’ve even gone and founded our very own Mac ‘n’ Cheese Appreciation Society.
So, with that in mind, it makes perfect sense that we’d show you the best bowls of cheesy goodness that Glasgow has to offer.
The Admiral Bar
We’ve all had that moment where we’ve shovelled a steaming forkful of cheesy pasta into our mouths, only to be met by a volcanic eruption before it has time to tickle our taste-buds. But thankfully at the Admiral Bar, they bring a different type of heat to the delicious equation: topping their mac and cheese with a liberal amount of spicy oily chorizo and jalapenos, they create one devilishly delicious treat that’s not to be messed with.
The Admiral Bar 72 Waterloo St, G2 7DA – theadmiralbar.com
The Raven has been at the forefront of Glasgow’s American smokehouse obsession, serving tender low and slow cooked meats alongside an array of classic down and dirty southern classics. One such classic that they have perfected is their meaty mac and cheese, topped with an array of meats including brisket, bacon and pulled pork and served along side some perfectly cooked potato wedges. I think you’ll agree this is one pasta dish that will satisfy any carnivorous cravings.
The Raven 81-85 Renfield St, G2 1NQ – theravenglasgow.com
Cafe Gandolfi have never been afraid to put an elegant modern twist on a homely, comforting favourite. That’s exactly what they have done with their mac and cheese. By adding an element of refinement to what can often be a stodgy meal, Cafe Gandolfi’s wholegrain mustard and Mull cheddar based dish is one of the most divine and moreish examples of macaroni and cheese you’ll find either side of the Clyde.
Cafe Gandolfi, 64 Albion St, G1 1NY – cafegandolfi.com
When you ask what the best mac and cheese in Glasgow is, there’s more than a fair chance that you will be pointed in the direction of Sloans – and for good reason too. Playing host to the previously mentioned Mac n Cheese Appreciation Society, Sloans is the elder statesman when it comes to the business of putting cheese with pasta. Just because they’ve been in the game for a while doesn’t mean they simply rest on a tradition recipe (which, it must be said, is worth reputation alone), as each month you are treated to strange concoctions ranging from the Tex-Mex Mac to their mystery Mac.
Sloans, 108 Argyle St, G2 8BG – sloansglasgow.com
The Winged Ox @ Saint Lukes
It’s no coincidence that the converted church settings of Saint Lukes plays host to one heavenly portion of mac and cheese. Serving some of the best soul food in the city from their kitchen, The Winged Ox at Saintt Luke’s is the new trendy destination for any art loving, craft beer swigging, mac and cheese enthusiast to visit. And yes, that was a grilled mac and cheese sandwich that you just scrolled past.
St Lukes,17 Bain St, Glasgow G40 2JZ – stlukesglasgow.com
There’s no better way of getting over the Monday slump that visiting Ad Lib for a £7.95 four cheese mac and cheese special. The mixture of salty and rich cheeses used gives off the perfect umami flavour with each bite, combined with the fact that you can add some sweet and savoury crab meat on top for a few extra quid – you’d be hard pressed to find a better mac and cheese taste experiences out there.
Ad Lib, 33 Ingram St, G1 1HA – adlibglasgow.com
Porter & Rye
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Now it’s time to truly step into the world of some posh nosh mac and cheese courtesy of Porter & Rye. Although this exceptional eatery is mostly known for their succulent steaks, it’s perhaps a side of their memorable bone-marrow mac and cheese which will really get the recommendations flowing for this West-End gem.
Porter and Rye, 1131 Argyle St, G3 8ND – porterandrye.com
Bath Street Palomino
Love mac and cheese but wish there were more options available to you? Well look no further than Palomino on Bath Street, which showcases its very own ‘mac bar’ serving their classic four cheese mac with the option of up to five separate toppings. The only question remaining is: will yours be smothered with pulled pork or smoked chicken?
Bath Street Palomino, 207 Bath St, G2 4HZ – bathstreetpalomino.co.uk
Cafezique is the perfect spot for a light brunch. Famed for their eggs Benedict, this little cafe is pops up everywhere on Instagram these days and it just so happens that their mac and cheese is also one of the best around. Sporting a light and crispy crumb on top of a delicious helping of luxurious and cheesy mac, this is one place to go if you want to make your friends jealous on a Sunday afternoon.
Cafezique, 66 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PT – delizique.com
The Anchor Line
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The Anchor Line doesn’t look like your typical place to get mac and cheese: The decor is luxurious; the waiters are dressed immaculately from head to toe and you’ll often get the scene set with a live pianist playing off in the background. So I guess it makes sense that The Anchor Line doesn’t serve just any mac and cheese, but an extra special lobster mac, that’s every bit as decadent and delicious as it sounds. So go on – treat yourself.
The Anchor Line, 12 St Vincent Pl, G1 2DH – theanchorline.co.uk
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