What is the best thing in life?
If you were to ask Conan in the 1982 classic Conan the Barbarian, it might be to “crush your enemies and see them pushed before you.”
We are clearly more sophisticated these days. Ask enough people todayAnd you’ll likely discover that the best of life can be summed up in three words: mac and cheese.
If you need a clue: There’s a true National Mac and Cheese Day—and it’s today.
Mac and cheese is one of the culinary world’s most classic comfort foods and is a staple food for many from ages 2 to 92 (and beyond).
Many people call it great
Parents of tough eaters may praise the dish as a mind-saver. (Seriously, along with pb&j and chicken tenders, is there anything kids love more than macaroni and cheese?)
Most adults never lose that love; But they may seek a more refined version of the comet’s pleasure.
Forget the blue tin and orange powder—more sophisticated palates will appreciate macaroni and cheese that starts with, say, sharp cheddar, Havarti, smoked Gouda or Gruyere, and includes a sumptuous sauce like Mornay.
Many are baked to golden perfection in thick-walled baking dishes or cast iron skillets.
As if the delicious, sticky, bubbly cheese and pasta weren’t enough, it’s topped with crab, lump crab meat, smoked brisket, and more.
Although many local restaurants regularly serve macaroni and cheese, there are quite a few specials happening right now.
In downtown West Palm Beach, Proper Grit offers two new holiday treats: Short Rib Mac and Cheese for $21 and Grilled Chicken Mac and Cheese for $19.
Made by Executive Chef Mark Rosen, the Short Rib Mac features braised short ribs, mushrooms, and crunchy onions, while the Grilled Chicken Mac raises the bar—and even spicier—with grilled chicken, poblano peppers, and pickled jalapenos.
proper grit, 251 N. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-655-4001
At Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach, celebrate the day with cheesy pasta with a touch of crustaceans.
Diners can enjoy a Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese when they order the seven-ounce Wagyu filet mignon for $70 or the 14-ounce cutlet veal for $60.
jozy restaurant, 650 E. Walbright Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-364-9601
Corvina Seafood Grill
For decadence and honoring the dish, Corvina Seafood Grill in Boca Raton has just added mac and cheese to its menu.
Corvina features this timeless classic featuring butter-boiled lobster set in pasta drenched in Morni’s white cheddar sauce and topped with toasted panko crumbs.
Corvina Seafood Grill, 110 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton; 561-206-0066
Although not technically special, Jupiter’s Crawfish Mac and Cheese’s Lucky Shuck with bacon and leek crumbs will satisfy hankerin’ a bit of a Southern/Cajun twist on the classic.
lucky choc, 1116 Love Street, Jupiter; 561-532-3331
Eddie Ritz is a journalist for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. He’s lived in the West Palm Beach area for over 30 years, and will cover noteworthy community events, from mild to wild. You can reach him at [email protected] Help support our press. Subscribe today.