Chicago restaurants go cheese on National Mac and Cheese Day, July 14


This National Mac and Cheese Day, July 14, get ready to treat yourself to some gooey mac and cheese. This year, Chicago chefs are stepping up their game by offering unique toppings such as smoked brisket and pulled pork, baked Midwestern cheese blends, and homemade recipes with a to celebrate this holiday year-round.

LG’s bar and kitchen

Located in the Old Town district, LG’s craft cocktails and Irish whiskey selections are paired with their creamy Irish Mac & Cheese. Their recipe privileges their Irish roots by including Irish cheeses and bacon as main ingredients, while remaining suitable for vegetarian and gluten-free meals. You can expect this macaroni and cheese to have rich flavors of cheese, cream, garlic, and bacon.


  • To start cooking, roast the garlic for a few seconds with melted butter, then add the tomato, Irish bacon, caramelized onions, salt and pepper. Let these flavors mingle for a few minutes.

  • Then stir in the cream and sharp Irish white cheddar and simmer for two minutes. Your choice of pasta can then be added to the creamy mixture.

  • Once the pasta is cooked al dente and the sauce has thickened, top with the garlic breadcrumbs, melted butter and parsley.

soul and smoke

Soul & Smoke’s Chef D’Andre draws inspiration from growing up in Chicago’s South End cooking dinners with his grandmother. He’s stacked Soul & Smoke’s menu with classic comfort food. One of their options is a creamy three-cheese mac and cheese side dish, made with a rich Irish cheddar. To spice up your next meal, order their macaroni and cheese topped with Chef D’Andres smoked brisket or pulled pork.

Farmhouse bar with lake view

The grilled mac and cheese sides that are available on every menu as a savory side dish. With the baked cheddar in the foreground of the dish, this side is traditional but showcases the most important ingredients – the cheese.

Photo courtesy of Soul & Smoke

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