Get cheesy with Ottawa’s best mac and cheese

Take the kids to dinner at one or all of these restaurants and feast on all the macaroni and cheese you can handle. These restaurants create mac and cheese dishes so delicious that even adults will enjoy them.

Tennessy Willems

1082 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y5

Known for their wood oven pizzas, Tennessy Willems is also quite adept at making pasta. This is especially true when it comes to their mac and cheese. Complete with double-smoked bacon and mushrooms baked in Parmesan and cheddar tarragon sauce, this spot makes some of the finest gourmet mac and cheese in the city.

The Smoque Shack

129 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5T4

Mac and cheese is a creamy side to all the comfort food at the SmoQue Shack. Upgrade your mac and cheese Shaque style, with added butter, cheese, and bits of jalapeño, curds and bacon. Partner that with their barbecue pulled chicken sandwich, with shredded lettuce simmered in Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon sauce.


750 Gladstone Ave Main, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X5

Despite being sold primarily as a side, the tasty mac and cheese at Pressed goes with everything on their menu, especially their slow-smoked chicken sandwich on ciabatta, with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. One try and you’re likely to get hooked, in which case you might find yourself ordering your mac and cheese off the kids men

Big Rig Brewery Inc

103 Schneider Rd, Kanata, ON K2K 1Y3

The mac and cheese at Big Rig Brewery is not only a house favourite, but is also among the most popular in the city. Topped with white truffle oil and folded with campanelle pasta, Big Brew’s mac and cheese is served with chicken, smoked bacon, applewood smoked cheddar, wild mushrooms and onions.

Mlt Dwn

50 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J7

Have you ever wanted to turn your mac and cheese into a sandwich? Does the mere thought of a mac and cheese sandwich make you weak in the knees? If so, MLTDWN has what you need, complete with Kraft Dinner, American and aged cheddar, bacon and pulled pork on Texas white bread.

Bit Burger

108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M6

All three of Bite Burger House’s mac and cheese options are sprinkled with Parmesan breadcrumbs. Your basic mac and cheese comes classic, with St. Albert sharp cheddar. Smokey mac and cheese includes smoked Gouda and smoked portobello mushrooms. If you prefer your mac and cheese Doggie Style, it comes with a Lester's hot dog, Dijon mustard and white cheddar.

Zak's Diner

16 By Ward Market Sq, Ottawa, ON K1N 7A1

Packed in delicious deep fried macaroni wedges, mac and cheese is done differently at Zak’s Diner. Topped with lettuce and tomato, and served with coleslaw, pickle and your choice of fries, soup, salad, onion rings and mashed potatoes, Zak’s mac n’ cheese burger consists of three deep fried macaroni wedges on top of their traditional cheeseburger.

Wellington Diner

1385 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2X1

The baked mac and cheese at The Wellington Diner is topped with panko breadcrumbs, covered with a three-cheese blend and served with house salad. Straight up mac & cheese is exactly what it says it is, with sweet cream and Parmesan. If you’re looking for something different, try their Nothing But Lobster, with Atlantic lobster, garlic and sweet cream.

Lone Star Texas Grill

128 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N9

Mac n' cheese bites are Lone Star Texas Grill’s variation on mac and cheese. This appetizer is crispy-fried and served with tomatillo pepper and ranch dip. It makes a great dinner companion to Lone Star’s Southern-fried chicken finger dinner, which is tossed with their Texas butter sauce and served with Texas coleslaw and fries.

Detroit Soul Food

707 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa, ON K1R 6X2

Detroit Soul Food is an American-style soul food restaurant in the city, serving waffles, barbecue and authentic fried chicken from their special homemade recipes. Get your mac ‘n cheese as a side order to their Long Bone ribs ‘n chkn, slow cooked in apple juice and deep fried like chicken.

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