10 Best Places for Mac and Cheese in Kentucky

Mac and cheese is the king of American comfort foods. It doesn’t matter if you like yours made with pulled pork or the classic variety, Kentucky’s BBQ joints, bars, and restaurants, have some of the best mac and cheese around. Here are our favorites. 

Hammerheads, Louisville, KY

This amazing restaurant serves ribs so good you’ll want to lick your fingers. And the best thing to add as a side dish to great ribs when you eat there is the mac & cheese balls. Having one of their ice-cold craft beers won’t hurt either. 

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Mac’s Dough House, Jeffersontown, KY

It doesn’t matter what age you are if you love macaroni and cheese because there’s really is a mac and cheese heaven. It’s called Mac’s Dough House and it’s in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. Besides serving great pizza, Mac’s elevates this ultimate comfort food to a whole new level with versions that include buffalo chicken, pulled pork, and a variation on the famous Kentucky Hot Brown.

Mission BBQ, Saint Matthews, KY

The mission of Mission BBQ in Saint Matthews, Kentucky is to serve the best barbecue and sides in the area. This isn’t your typical barbecue joint, and you can tell from the minute you walk in. Decorated in patriotic red, white, and blue, this is about as American as you can get from the burgers and fries, pulled pork, baked beans, and Maggie’s Mac-N-Cheese. 

Keystone Bar and Grill, Covington, KY

If you crave comfort food, check out Keystone Bar and Grill in Covington. Besides seriously good sandwiches, you can get made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese nine ways! They’ve got mac and cheese with buffalo chicken and bleu cheese or beef and mushrooms, plus a variety of other mouthwatering varieties. 

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Bru Burger Bar, Lexington, KY

Specialty burgers and craft beer are no problem at Bru Burger Bar in Lexington. Life doesn’t get much better than this combination, unless you add a side of spicy roasted jalapeno sausage and shrimp mac and cheese. Now that’s a meal worth waiting for. And if you leave room for dessert, try the peach white chocolate bread pudding for a real treat. 

The Eagle, Louisville, KY

Eat inside or out on the patio, but make plans to stop at the Eagle, Louisville’s answer to great Southern food. With house specialties like pickled country vegetables and blackened shrimp po boys, you can also get perfect comfort food like a five-cheese mac & cheese side or daily baked homemade biscuits with blackberry jam. 

Shandies, Paducah, KY

This quaint little gastropub hidden in Paducah has a busy interior, but it’s easy on the eyes. The menu is easy on the wallet and gives you great choices like fried green tomatoes and Nacho Mama’s Wontons. If you’re in the mood for a more filling meal, try the meatloaf sandwich with a wide of Shandy Mac & Cheese or pesto fried corn. 

The Village Idiot, Lexington, KY

The old post office in Lexington has been converted to a quirky gastropub that’s worth investigating. Duck & Waffles, an ice-cold craft beer, and the pulled pork mac & cheese is a great meal to try on your first visit. The locally sourced menu changes daily and there are always wicked house cocktails to sample.

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Crewitt’s Creek, Independence, KY

If you’re a fan of University of Kentucky basketball, Crewitt’s Creek is the place for you. Listed as one of the top seven restaurants in Independence, this little diner is known for its beer and burgers, but you have to try one of the seven varieties of mac and cheese with everything from shrimp to crab to fried pork belly and green chilies. You’ll never look at mac and cheese the same again. 

Morton’s The Steakhouse, Louisville, KY

Looking for an upscale place to take your sweetheart? Morton’s in downtown Louisville will not disappoint. Hamburgers may have been what put this restaurant on the watch list, but they’ve grown into one of the best steak places in the city and you can tell by the awards all over the walls. They have great choices for sides like the Lobster or Bacon & Onion Macaroni & Cheese. Come hungry because the portions are generous.

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