Top 10 Mac and Cheese in Manila

The Big Cheese: who makes the best of this soul food staple?

(SPOT.ph) Formerly just a soul food staple, Macaroni and Cheese (or Mac ’n’ Cheese) has risen from its humble beginnings as a side dish to Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Baby Back Ribs to become one of the most recognizable and beloved icons of American comfort food. Who has not, at one point or another, fallen for its charms-taking one decadent bite after another of pasta, smothered and dripping in thick, creamy cheese? Everyone has their favorite mac and cheese version, and restaurants all over the world are picking up on the comfort food aficionado's need to be coddled by this rich dish. From classic American to its European incarnations, the truth is, mac and cheese has never been more in demand.

 

In Manila, the comfort food capital seems to be Makati, where several establishments-from popular American food chains to neighborhood gastropubs-have mac n cheese on the menu. Finding noteworthy versions outside the CBD was quite the task, but we did find a couple that will surely induce your carb cravings. The criteria for this list is simple-we looked for balance in flavors, popularity (something that would appeal to both kids and grown-ups), and the comfort factor (does it take you to your "happy place?").

 

So, if you find yourself feeling cold and neglected one rainy day, put on a fuzzy sweater, check into one of these mac n cheese purveyors, and dig in.

 

 

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Photos by Chinkee Clemente - Koppe and courtesy of Mr.Jones

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