Mac and Cheese Three Ways

It’s not a secret that we love our mac and cheese at South Sound magazine, and we are always on the hunt for mac and cheese with a twist. We recently found three you should try:

Fiesta Mac

It’s like classic mac and cheese collided with a plate of spicy nachos, and it really works at Hop n Drops (various South Sound locations). It has melted cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheese, mixed with taco beef and bits of jalapenos, served in a personal-size cast-iron skillet and topped with cool sour cream, tomatoes, and green onions. Chips are served on the side.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

This is one of the most decadent mac and cheeses we’ve had of late. It is creamy and dreamy, and the lobster pieces are good-size. It’s featured on the sides menu at Pimienta Bistro in Northeast Tacoma — a little gem tucked beside a Brown Bear Car Wash. This dish (and all of the European with Latin flair items on the menu) is top tier. At happy hour, you can get lobster mac for a deal. And if lobster is your jam, this special mac will have you coming back.

Mac + Cheese

At the Pacific Grill in Tacoma, the lunch menu lists Mac + Cheese on the “Shareable Small Plates” menu. Our advice is not to share — it is too good. We had it for an entrée. This mac and cheese is customizable. It’s made with twisty cavatappi pasta, sharp cheese, Italian sausage, red peppers, grilled onions, and crispy onions — plus, you can add even more! Yes: Opt for smoked bacon, avocado, pulled pork, rock shrimp, or chicken.

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