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12 Spots for Great Mac and Cheese in Denver

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Sassafras in Jefferson Park
| Photo: Lauren Hendrick

Everyone has a favorite comfort food, but macaroni and cheese is often high on the list. It's a dish that can be simple and classic, dressed up with add-ins like bacon or barbecue, and satiates kids and adults alike. As the weather cools it becomes even more craveable, which means you'll find it on menus across Denver. From IPA-based offerings at Hops & Pie and Highland Tap to Mizuna's decadent lobster-laced version, here are 12 places to find delicious mac and cheese.


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1. Hops & Pie

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3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 477-7000
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Made with IPA and cheddar, Hops & Pie's mac and cheese also features smoked ham and English peas. A gluten-free option utilizes quinoa pasta.

2. Sassafras American Eatery

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2637 W 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-0080
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Choose from four varieties at either location of this Southern-style eatery (a second outpost opened in Capitol Hill earlier this year). There's the classic preparation, blackened chicken, barbecue, or breakfast, which features grit croutons, bacon, and an over-easy egg.

3. Highland Tap and Burger

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2219 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
(720) 287-4493
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The recipe here calls for Avery IPA, as well as fontina, aged white cheddar, and parmesan with toasted homemade breadcrumbs. You also can't go wrong with the addition of bacon.

4. Williams & Graham

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3160 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 997-8886
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Though well-known for its cocktails, this LoHi speakeasy also turns out some great bites, including mac and cheese with cheddar mornaise and sage breadcrumbs.

5. Central Bistro and Bar

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1691 Central St
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-4582
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For lunch or dinner the Central mac and cheese awaits you, made with Wisconsin cheddar mornay sauce and pangritata. Known as poor man's parmesan, it's breadcrumbs toasted with garlic and herbs.

6. The Corner Office Restaurant

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1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 825-6500
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Though this spot in the Curtis Hotel recently underwent a menu overhaul, the lobster mac and cheese remains, providing the flavor of cognac cream, mascarpone, and grana cheese.

7. Tom's Home Cookin'

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800 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 388-8035
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Come early and with cash for this side dish, served from a straightforward, childhood-reminiscent recipe, along with comfort food like fried chicken.

8. Steuben's

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523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 830-1001
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Available as a side or entree, the cheesy goodness is a favorite at this modern Uptown diner. Jazz things up by adding steubie snacks—chunks of pork rolled in sugar and deep-fried—into the mix.

9. Mizuna

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225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 832-4778
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This longstanding dish earned accolades on Food Network Challenge, with its blend of poached lobster, mascarpone, and elbow pasta. Chef Frank Bonanno also serves different varieties of mac and cheese at Lou's and Russell's Smokehouse.

10. Sputnik

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3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
(720) 570-4503
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The Cheez-It and green onion-topped mac here mixes cheddar, asiago, and monterey jack, but there's also a vegan option.

11. Harman's Eat & Drink

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2900 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 388-7428
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At chef Mark Fischer's Cherry Creek eatery, the mac and cheese uses gruyere and mustard breadcrumbs for the pasta that's available on the lunch and dinner menus.

12. Solera

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5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 388-8429
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Solera's white cheddar mac and cheese with asparagus, English peas, Marcona almonds, and truffle oil is currently offered during happy hour, though it's been paired with scallops on the dinner menu in the past.

1. Hops & Pie

3920 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Made with IPA and cheddar, Hops & Pie's mac and cheese also features smoked ham and English peas. A gluten-free option utilizes quinoa pasta.
3920 Tennyson St
Denver, CO 80212

2. Sassafras American Eatery

2637 W 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Choose from four varieties at either location of this Southern-style eatery (a second outpost opened in Capitol Hill earlier this year). There's the classic preparation, blackened chicken, barbecue, or breakfast, which features grit croutons, bacon, and an over-easy egg.
2637 W 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80211

3. Highland Tap and Burger

2219 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211
The recipe here calls for Avery IPA, as well as fontina, aged white cheddar, and parmesan with toasted homemade breadcrumbs. You also can't go wrong with the addition of bacon.
2219 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211

4. Williams & Graham

3160 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80211
Though well-known for its cocktails, this LoHi speakeasy also turns out some great bites, including mac and cheese with cheddar mornaise and sage breadcrumbs.
3160 Tejon St
Denver, CO 80211

5. Central Bistro and Bar

1691 Central St, Denver, CO 80211
For lunch or dinner the Central mac and cheese awaits you, made with Wisconsin cheddar mornay sauce and pangritata. Known as poor man's parmesan, it's breadcrumbs toasted with garlic and herbs.
1691 Central St
Denver, CO 80211

6. The Corner Office Restaurant

1401 Curtis St, Denver, CO 80202
Though this spot in the Curtis Hotel recently underwent a menu overhaul, the lobster mac and cheese remains, providing the flavor of cognac cream, mascarpone, and grana cheese.
1401 Curtis St
Denver, CO 80202

7. Tom's Home Cookin'

800 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
Come early and with cash for this side dish, served from a straightforward, childhood-reminiscent recipe, along with comfort food like fried chicken.
800 E 26th Ave
Denver, CO 80205

8. Steuben's

523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Available as a side or entree, the cheesy goodness is a favorite at this modern Uptown diner. Jazz things up by adding steubie snacks—chunks of pork rolled in sugar and deep-fried—into the mix.
523 E 17th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Mizuna

225 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
This longstanding dish earned accolades on Food Network Challenge, with its blend of poached lobster, mascarpone, and elbow pasta. Chef Frank Bonanno also serves different varieties of mac and cheese at Lou's and Russell's Smokehouse.
225 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

10. Sputnik

3 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
The Cheez-It and green onion-topped mac here mixes cheddar, asiago, and monterey jack, but there's also a vegan option.
3 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209

11. Harman's Eat & Drink

2900 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206
At chef Mark Fischer's Cherry Creek eatery, the mac and cheese uses gruyere and mustard breadcrumbs for the pasta that's available on the lunch and dinner menus.
2900 E 2nd Ave
Denver, CO 80206

12. Solera

5410 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
Solera's white cheddar mac and cheese with asparagus, English peas, Marcona almonds, and truffle oil is currently offered during happy hour, though it's been paired with scallops on the dinner menu in the past.
5410 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

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