The Thompson Diner
Oh, Thompson Diner, how we love thee. If you’ve ever spent a night out on King, chances are you’ve ended up at the Thompson for a late night snack. However, this is actually some of the most coveted mac and cheese in the city. The diner is open 24 hours. Their mac and cheese is made with (lots) of asiago and mozzarella and truffle oil. Add-ons include goat cheese and/or bacon. Oh, and you can even order it via room service if you’re staying in the hotel or place orders online for pick-up.
Thompson Diner, 550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 601 3533
White Brick Kitchen
In the core of Koreatown, on Bloor just off Euclid, The White Brick Kitchen serves its interpretation of mac in a classic way, with four cheeses, oven-dried tomatoes, and garlic toast and smoked house bacon. A casual take on classic American cuisine, quality prevails at the White Brick Kitchen with house-made and cured meats. Keep a look out for their pop-up specials, which have featured half-priced AG winery bottles with the purchase of an entrée. This is perfect to help your mac and cheese go down easy.
The White Brick Kitchen, 641 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 347 9188
The Wren is more of an honorable mention, as mac and cheese is not a permanent feature item on their menu. However, their mac and cheese burger has been known to cause a stir. It appears once in a blue moon as a special, in addition to traditional mac, which has been served smoked with creamy cheddar, smoked serano and jalapeño peppers, goat’s Gouda, and pork belly. Make yourself a local to the quaint craft-beer serving Danforth spot to get first dibs on these specials. Follow them on Instagram for updates on nightly items.
Of course we had to feature a mac and cheese that didn’t actually contain cheese for our vegan friends. After all, no one should be deprived of the comfort-food goodness that is mac and cheese. Located on Bloor near Dufferin St, Hogtown Vegan’s plant-based mac is baked and topped with breadcrumbs. It is also available gluten-free.
The Hogtown Vegan, 1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 901 9779
Bobbie Sue’s Mac & Cheese
Just South of Dundas on Ossington, Bobbie Sue’s is a hidden (but not so quiet) gem that is a local favorite in the area. They specialize in, and have 10 types of, mac and cheese. The varieties include everything from curry to pulled pork to hamburger and carbonara. There’s even gluten-free with corn and NONA vegan sauce. However, their classic has a five-cheese blend sure to satisfy even the greatest of mac and cheese connoisseurs. All macs are based with cavatappi (scooby doo pasta) and their classic bèchamel.
Bobbie Sue’s Mac & Cheese, 162 Ossington Ave #3, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 352 2762
Cut The Cheese
May the true cheese-lovers rejoice – Cut The Cheese specializes in both gourmet grilled cheese and mac and cheese. On Dundas near Keele, they have six types of mac and cheese for those who like some options. Their Shroomin’ is served with three types of mushrooms, leeks, and asiago. For the indulgent, there’s the Southern Comfort – with deep-fried buttermilk popcorn chicken, bell and banana peppers, sautéed corn, and Emmental cheese. Their classic mac is on special Tuesday-Friday. Psst, their (not-so-secret) secret menu also features two additional types of mac, the Cocka-Doodle-Doo and the Three Little Pigs (bacon overload).
Cut The Cheese, 2901 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 901 7166
The Good Fork
The Good Fork‘s casual spot is an ideal one to grab some mac and cheese. Served with gouda and cheddar béchamel, lemon thyme crumbs, and fries or salad, this entree is sure to fill you up. Accepting reservations Monday-Friday, The Good Fork’s Bloor West location is spacious with two floors of seating. There’s also an outdoor patio in the warmer months. Their large, comfort-style menu specializes in breakfast and brunch, though their lunch servings are equally as enticing.
The Good Fork, 2432 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 352 5955
Rock Lobster‘s maritime-themed restaurant is based around bringing sustainable seafood to the core of the city. Their menu fittingly contains a lobster mac and cheese. For lobster aficionados, it is perfectly paired with their lobster-tail caesar, ranked among the top 15 in the city by Taste Toronto. Bonus tip: their highly popular Queen West backyard patio is a good spot when it is open.
Rock Lobster, 538 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada,+1 416 203 6623
The Carbon Bar
The Carbon Bar is the perfect combination of fine dining in a casual setting. This place is located on Queen just West of Church. Guests can be sure to expect great service and generously sized home-style plates – fit with their very own bbq “pit master” platter, a meat lover’s dream. Their mac, served warm and crispy, is made with vintage cheddar, mozzarella, and gruyére. It is one of the most popular menu items.
The Carbon Bar, 99 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 947 7000
Rose & Sons
Rose & Sons‘ diverse menu is often-changing, though their mac and cheese is served with a twist on the classic. It has sweet peas, mornay, and parsley-buttered bread crumbs at their Dupont location, just off Davenport. Their Queen St West location serves it up a little more simply, with fusilli and sweet peas. Both options are a sure choice, crafted with bold flavors and spices. If it’s not the food which brings you back to Rose & Sons, it’ll be the positive vibes. Open seven days a week, they also accept reservations and do take-out.
Rose & Sons, 176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 748 3287