Tuck into Montreal's Mac N 'Cheese Week 2017

Prepare yourself for the third annual Mac N'Cheese event, held in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto – to name just a few – from April 3 to 10, 2017. This isn’t a competition, however – no prizes will be awarded, although that doesn’t mean you won’t still have your favourites. Here are 12 of the Montreal participants that are making us salivate. We imagine you’re hungry too! [image credit: Geneviève Dallaire]

Le Cheese Diner / Casse Croute

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5976, av Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1G8

This Notre-Dame-de-Grâce snack bar and creator of this anual event, which has rapidly become a staple of the Montreal restaurant scene, looks forward to welcoming you with its fried chicken and Sriracha sauce mac and cheese, served with green peas, roast cauliflower, bechamel sauce and Louis d'Or cheese.

Grumman '78 (Food Truck)

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630 rue de Courcelle, Montréal, QC H4C 3C5

No, Grumman isn't just a street truck – even if it is one of the most popular to roam the city. The Verdun restaurant awaits you with an utterly decadent mac and cheese dish containing order and chaos in equal measure: macaroni (moo!), poblano pepper, buttermilk, Velveeta cheese, cheddar, Monterey Jack , Mozzarella, nutmeg, smoked gouda, tomatoes, and lots and lots of love.

El Gordo

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2518, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5

This neighbourhood taqueria awaits you with its Cheesy Tube, their mac and cheese dish made with cauliflower, raclette, mature cheddar and Parmesan sauce, served with jalapeños, home-smoked bacon, caramelized onions and briskets. All deftly wrapped in a tortilla...and fried!

Les cocottes

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51, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R1

Chef Jonathan Cohen's team offers a very special variation of mac and cheese served with homemade bechamel sauce, white wine, paillot goat's cheese, cheddar, Oka cheese, beetroot and nutmeg.

Pizzeria Geppetto

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2504 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5

Here you'll be served the Mac n' Osso, whose very name is enough to make us salivate. Here we go: white wine macaroni sauce (cream, mature cheddar, Migneron, nutmeg), garlic, braised beef shank in a tomato sauce with a bone marrow emulsion, parsley gremolata and sweet herb bread crumbs, all sprinkled with Parmesan. Oh yeah!

Taverne Les Torchés

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74, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1N7

This tavern on Mont-Royal Avenue offers the Baller, a macaroni and cheese dish served with parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar plus béchamel sauce and onions. For the topping, there's pesto Panko, a blue cheese crumble and a Parmesan chip. They also offer dumplings prepared with beef, garlic, onion, bacon, parmesan, thyme, oregano and basil.

Pub Brewskey

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350, rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2

This pub in Old Montreal will serve you macaroni smothered in Île aux Grues cheddar sauce and a Maltshake Stout sauce, all mixed with beer-braised beef. The dish also features a BreWesky sausage crumble, a 14 Acres cheese gratin and Panko topping. Does this thing have a name? The Mac Daddy!

Belon

8
1101 rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N1

Simple, elegant, classy. This seafood restaurant on Bleury offers a mac and cheese dish enhanced by what we think is the king of the ocean: lobster!

3 Brasseurs

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1658 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K6

Along with its regular menu, this friendly chain features the Gourmet Mac&Cheese, with a white beer sauce, goat's cheese, cheddar, Parmesan, mushrooms, chili flakes, garlic, thyme, parsley, nutmeg and Dijon mustard. All of this is accompanied by a house salad and toast.

Hotel Epik Montreal

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171, rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z5

This Old Port eatery serves its all-Italian version of mac and cheese, with a mascarpone, caciocavallo and provolone bechamel sauce, cheese-stuffed meatballs and melted crispy Parmesan.

Lab Quartier Des Spectacles

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279, rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1L5

What else but the Lab and Cheese, of course! This involves a (bourbon) macaroni dish covered in house-smoked Île aux Grues cheddar, with Louis d'Or and Canotier des îles shavings. On top of that, they add smoked pig's cheek chips, a tarragon and lemon zest roasted tomato compote, and candied pearl onions.

Macbar Et Fromage

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1345, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1R8

Here it's more of a healthy option: oven-baked vegetables (peppers, aubergine, etc.) are stuffed with creamy three-cheese macaroni!

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