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Best macaroni and cheese

YOUR PICKS

1. Grand Champion BBQ

Grand Champion BBQ has the best mac and cheese (bottom right), you say. (Becky Stein)

Grand Champion BBQ has the best macaroni and cheese (shown bottom right), you say. (Becky Stein)

You have tipped your hat to Grand Champion BBQ, with many saying they’ve brought mac and cheese to a “whole new level.” Grand Champion’s macaroni and cheese is considered less oily than others and gets shout-outs for “the power of gouda.”

2. Community Q

3. OK Café

4. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

5. Sam’s BBQ1

OUR PICKS

1. Community Q

Though versions of this near-legendary Mac and Cheese recipe can be found at other spin offs from the Sam & Dave’s family, credit must be given to Dave Roberts of Community Q for creating this gooey masterpiece. This blend of cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Parmesan cheeses with over sized rigatoni noodles made this Atlanta’s unrivaled favorite mac and cheese, and rightly so.

2. Grand Champion BBQ

3. Dave Poe’s BBQ

4. Sam’s BBQ1

149 comments Add your comment

Cajun mike

October 17th, 2011
11:03 am

BBQ 1 in east Cobb is the best I’ve had in long time

Baddogs2542

October 17th, 2011
11:08 am

Community BBQ, Clairmont rd, Decatur. This version is another food group.
I’m still in mourning over the loss of Maddy’s potato salad.

E-z

October 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

Carver’s on Marietta St.

Boston Shellie

October 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

Michon’s College Park! Best Mac & Cheese ever!!!!

Nathan

October 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

Got three faves:

- Dave Poe’s BBQ (created by David Roberts, the same fellow responsible for Sam’s BBQ1 and Community Q’s mac ‘n’ cheese. The others may be even better, but this is the one I know and love.)
- OK Cafe
- Carver’s

Each has their merits and is equally worthy, so my nominations are in no particular order.

Floyd

October 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

The only downside I have with Poe’s, Sam’s and Community Q’s is that it can get a little too oily at times. But, GREAT taste nonetheless.

I’ll have to add Fox Brother’s Mac n cheese as well. Also, they have a specialty called Fox-a-roni, which is their mac n cheese mixed with their Brunswick stew. Mmm, mmm, MMM!!!

Also, Burnt Fork BBQ in downtown Decatur has a lucious mac n cheese. Perfectly creamy and totally delish.

For a chain, Jim N Nick’s has a very delightful mac n cheese as well.

It almost seems that mac n cheese is replacing brunswick stew as the BBQ staple! LOL

Jennifer

October 17th, 2011
1:30 pm

Park Cafe in Duluth has the BEST mac n cheese!

KA

October 17th, 2011
1:32 pm

Definitely The Porter!

loki44

October 17th, 2011
2:59 pm

Carver’s mac ‘n cheese is comfort food at its gut-busting best, though I wouldn’t be surprised if their secret is housed within a box of Velveeta.

Wino

October 17th, 2011
3:06 pm

Community Q, followed by 2 Lipitor.

Steve

October 17th, 2011
4:14 pm

Top Flr, fr shr.

just me

October 17th, 2011
5:05 pm

@ Boston Shellie

You must be talkin about AFTER Gordon Ramsey came there recently because I went there back in April and it was the worst mac & cheese ever. I couldn’t believe they were even willing to serve it. It was like they scraped the sides of the burnt up pan… it was dry and burnt, just horrible.

cheepfoodie

October 17th, 2011
5:55 pm

Community Q has maybe the best I’ve ever had,period.

ormewood

October 17th, 2011
6:19 pm

Community Q’s is pretty stout. Fox Bros. is up there, too.

RL

October 17th, 2011
7:17 pm

Community Q has great Mac n cheese.

PJ

October 17th, 2011
7:23 pm

Wisteria’s is amazing, other favorite is Swallow at the Hollow

HeavyMetalAttack

October 17th, 2011
9:21 pm

Community Q’s mac and cheese is an unstoppable force of pure awesomeness. All other mac and cheeses cower before its majestic power.

up north

October 17th, 2011
9:41 pm

Jim N Nick’s or S&S

Just Me

October 18th, 2011
7:36 am

Stouffer’s frozen for home. Just take out of the freezer,bake, and eat.

Glenn

October 18th, 2011
7:47 am

The Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese at The Capital Grille is the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many. At $15 per serving, though, it better be at the top.

I-20 East

October 18th, 2011
7:56 am

I love, love, love the mac and cheese at Arizona’s Steaks at Stonecrest in Lithonia!!!

Can

October 18th, 2011
8:05 am

I am a fan of Fat Matt’s Rib Shack mac and cheese. The mac and cheese compliment those delicious ribs perfectly!! I will definetly be trying Community Qs though.

Mary B

October 18th, 2011
9:25 am

Matthews in Tucker

Mary B

October 18th, 2011
9:26 am

oh and McKendricks lobster mac and cheese!

Tank

October 18th, 2011
9:33 am

Sam’s BBQ 1!

KELLEY

October 18th, 2011
9:36 am

swallow at the hollow (BBQ) in roswell!

KELLEY

October 18th, 2011
9:36 am

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david

October 18th, 2011
9:43 am

definitely sam’s bbq1
nothing comes close, not top flr, fox bros, capital grille, jim n nicks, swallow at the hollow, ok cafe or fatt matt’s
although, I haven’t tried community q….

Reds

October 18th, 2011
9:57 am

I dont think I’ve met a mac and cheese i didn’t at least like…

Nancy

October 18th, 2011
9:58 am

I gotta vote for The Albert in Inman Park. Their mac and cheese is just like my mama’s, and hers is the best ever.

yummmm

October 18th, 2011
10:08 am

Joy

October 18th, 2011
10:22 am

Definitely S&S cafeteria!

Etain

October 18th, 2011
10:42 am

Steinbeck’s Truffled Mac and Cheese!

Deb

October 18th, 2011
10:45 am

Toots

October 18th, 2011
10:45 am

While Sam’s BBQ 1 & Community Q’s is great…GRAND CHAMPION BBQ is now THE best!!!! They’ve riffed off of Dave Robert’s (as they used to work with him) & have brought it to a whole new level…gotta love the gouda!!!

Typical Redneck

October 18th, 2011
11:00 am

I’m a fan of Kozmo’s.

SP

October 18th, 2011
11:11 am

PB

October 18th, 2011
11:16 am

Community Q kills it, and now I know where I’m going for lunch.

John S

October 18th, 2011
11:34 am

Mike O

October 18th, 2011
11:39 am

Grand Champion BBQ in Marietta!!!! Hands down the best! Mmmmmmm smoked Gouda!!!!

koko

October 18th, 2011
12:09 pm

Community Q in Decatur

Tank8

October 18th, 2011
12:15 pm

BBQ 1, community q and Dave poes BBQ all have the exact same mac and cheese so that’s why I have to give it to Grand Champion BBQ. The Gouda kicks the already great Mac and
Cheese to a new level and makes it the best I have ever had.

Dee

October 18th, 2011
12:52 pm

Fat Matt’s is a perfect balance of cheesy, creamy, and peppery. I like the creamy kind too, but if I’m going to splurge on that much fat, I want it to taste like real cheese.

Jen

October 18th, 2011
1:13 pm

Food 101 – Bacon Jalapeno Mac n Cheese for “fancy”
Matthew’s for “down home”

Bree

October 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in the Roswell/Marietta area. Absolutely the BEST Mac … If you don’t believe it, give it a taste & I guarantee you’ll convert!

KJG

October 18th, 2011
1:44 pm

The Porter is great. Also, The Shed at Glenwood.

ERC

October 18th, 2011
1:46 pm

OK Cafe’s is the best!

Tech Man

October 18th, 2011
1:48 pm

Fox-a-roni at Fox Bros. BBQ. Carver’s is great as well

j

October 18th, 2011
1:48 pm

obviously, none of you have ventured into the ghetto so i think you’re biased. JJ’s Ribs has the best, hands down … next?

j

October 18th, 2011
1:49 pm

and just had Fox Bro’s mac-and-cheese yesterday … it’s good but it’s not the best

SandySprings

October 18th, 2011
1:49 pm

ramblinwreck80

October 18th, 2011
1:50 pm

another vote for OK Cafe…and also HOBNOB…it’s served in a skillet…

The Walrus

October 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

Community Q and JCT Kitchen. Honorable mention goes to Top flr. You’re welcome.

B

October 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

So, I love me some mac and cheese, and I have 2 votes, one for Sam’s BBQ1, and one vote for Aspen’s steak house (I go to the one in Marietta), their macaroni, bacon & three cheeses, is AMAZING. Just the right amount of bacon, I order mine without the shallots they put in it, because in my opinion, shallots don’t belong in mac and cheese… but damn, it is awesome.

JF McNamara

October 18th, 2011
1:56 pm

Ok Cafe.

To the person who wrote the comment about JJs, just because an area is predominately Black doesn’t make it a ghetto. That’s not funny. It’s a stereotype that just won’t go away.

Pretty in Pink

October 18th, 2011
1:57 pm

Gladice Night Chicken and Waffles in Union City has the best Mac and Cheese very down south homemade but I have been told it all depends on the chef that is there when the mac is the best.

Typical Redneck

October 18th, 2011
2:03 pm

and when are you going to have a poll for best cheese steak?

jojo

October 18th, 2011
2:04 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell.

p

October 18th, 2011
2:04 pm

Heirloom Market. It is so good!!!

Mac and Cheese Expert

October 18th, 2011
2:04 pm

Ye Olde Colonial in Madison, GA. They understand what old-time Mac and Cheese is all about!!

Julie

October 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

LeRoys Fried Chicken on Howell Mill

AW

October 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

BBQ-1 (East Cobb) and Community Q (Decatur) have the exact same Mac and Cheese recipe… and it’s the best ever.

like it is

October 18th, 2011
2:09 pm

it that bacon in the picture inside the mac and cheese?

T-Bone

October 18th, 2011
2:12 pm

Community Q crushes the competition.

JD

October 18th, 2011
2:15 pm

I’m with Glenn, Capital Grill Lobster Mac n Cheese.

Gman

October 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

Community Q, Sam and Daves, Sam’s BB1, any other offshoot from these guys – is the best. They published the recipe in the AJC a few years back – I make it myself, people drool over it, but they still kill me on their delivery……

Ima Glutton

October 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

GC BBQ’s Mac is good, but I gotta give the Smoked Gouda Mac n Cheese at Brookwood grill the nod

Sam

October 18th, 2011
2:17 pm

It’s not the typical mac & cheese but Trackside Grill in Kennesaw. Topped with broccoli, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms and your choice of protein (chicken, andouille).

Briley Parkway

October 18th, 2011
2:19 pm

Another vote for the Dave Roberts recipe that is served at Community Q, Dave Poe’s and BBQ1.

Brazen Unicorn

October 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

The Beautiful
S&S

Susan

October 18th, 2011
2:21 pm

The Porch at Collier

blazerdawg

October 18th, 2011
2:23 pm

Love Community BBQ’s M&C, but OTP the M&C w/ shredded BBQ at Chops & Hops is AWESOME (when they have it).

Chip

October 18th, 2011
2:26 pm

Midtown Tavern’s gouda mac. Yum!

Jeff

October 18th, 2011
2:31 pm

Dave Poe’s in Marietta. Seriously, the best I have ever had.

gatorsc1

October 18th, 2011
2:36 pm

Overpriced but Trackside Grille is delish.

whatdoiknow

October 18th, 2011
2:36 pm

Heirloom Market BBQ

Randall

October 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

BBQ 1 in Marietta ~ I’ve not tasted its equal.

Seven7s

October 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

Gotta vote for Grand Champion BBQ in Marietta/Roswell. Best Mac and cheese. Similar to BBQ 1 but better and not as oily. Sams/BBQ1 Mac has way to much oil in it. The ribs there are awesome too.

Davis

October 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

No question, Sam’s #1 BBQ in East Cobb. Their pulled pork and ribs are great but after my last party, all anyone could talk about was the mac and cheese.

Mark D.

October 18th, 2011
2:42 pm

Stats #1, Community Q #2, the rest of the list is irrelevent…I have been studying this subject for years and I consider myself an expert in the field. Most of the sample population comes from ITP, so all you OTP places lose for being outside of the city.

Ultimate Donny

October 18th, 2011
2:46 pm

‘cue in Milton is my favorite mac-n-cheeze. They always give you a chunk of the cheeze crust with each serving. Yummy!

Billy Joe Bob

October 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

I know you might laugh at me, but I haven’t found any Mac and Cheese better than at Golden Corral. They make it so tasty!

UGADAWG

October 18th, 2011
2:50 pm

OMG! Community Q in Decatur

William

October 18th, 2011
2:51 pm

thestereotypist

October 18th, 2011
2:53 pm

Community Q on straight up mac & cheese, but the Fox-A-Roni at Fox Bros is something magical.

sz

October 18th, 2011
3:02 pm

The Terrace at the Ellis…gooey!

baldbob

October 18th, 2011
3:06 pm

Kaleidsocope Bistro in Brookhaven!! Chef Joey’s mac and cheese is amazing!!

SOC

October 18th, 2011
3:07 pm

Wisteria and Oceanair!

Mr Mac & Cheese

October 18th, 2011
3:13 pm

J ALEAXANDER’S – HANDS DOWN

East Atlanta Girl

October 18th, 2011
3:17 pm

Steinbecks in Oakhurst

Kelly

October 18th, 2011
3:23 pm

Jim & Nick’s “Mac the Cheese” is the Best!

HG3

October 18th, 2011
3:24 pm

Good choices, all, but don’t forget Mary Mac’s!

HOT

October 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

Capital Grille-Lobster Mac and Cheese-I could make a meal just on that! YUM!

Court

October 18th, 2011
3:29 pm

J Alexanders has THE BEST mac n cheese. Its so good. Sometimes I will go there just to order a side of it.

JJ

October 18th, 2011
3:34 pm

Fox Bros hands down

kc

October 18th, 2011
3:37 pm

South City Kitchen – Vinings.

Randy

October 18th, 2011
3:38 pm

My Granny makes the best m&c. She uses about a cup of lard, elbow mac, whole milk and goat cheese. She bakes it in the oven with about 14 strips of bacon on top. It’s a bit heavy but I just love it!!!

3js

October 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

Glady’s Chicken & Waffle!

Justin

October 18th, 2011
3:41 pm

Definitely NOT Jim and Nicks BBQ in South Cobb. Our company had a catered lunch today from this place and the Mac & Cheese was not good. It was loaded with salt.

j

October 18th, 2011
3:42 pm

uh, JJ’s is in the ghetto, not b/c it’s black but b/c people be gettin shot up around Greenbriar Mall

j

October 18th, 2011
3:43 pm

fox bro’s doesn’t have the best, sorry

The NewlyWed

October 18th, 2011
3:48 pm

SAWB

October 18th, 2011
3:48 pm

Mo

October 18th, 2011
3:51 pm

OK CAFE!! Hands down!

StacyD

October 18th, 2011
3:54 pm

BBQ1 in East Cobb. Best ever.

Jenee

October 18th, 2011
3:56 pm

Community Q’s mac and cheese is amazing its like a desert its so sinful and amazing

stacy

October 18th, 2011
4:01 pm

Midtown Tavern’s mac n cheese is the best!

Tommy

October 18th, 2011
4:01 pm

The best I have ever tasted came from a restaurant in Cleveland Ohio. The Boneyard has over five on the menu, the one I was recommended was Mac with Buffalo Chicken. The two compliment each other so well, and the heat is just enough to make you know it is there. It is awesome!

Andrew S

October 18th, 2011
4:11 pm

Carvers without a doubt!

KK

October 18th, 2011
4:16 pm

Well it sounds like I need to try Community Q’s but my vote goes to Heirloom Market!

plewis

October 18th, 2011
4:34 pm

I am glad to see all these places so I can go and try…do not laugh when I tell you this but Panera Bread at Northlake had some delicious Mac n Cheese. Problem is I only had it once, the times I have been back there to get it they had run out. I will def try a few of the others mentioned here.

snb

October 18th, 2011
4:52 pm

Community Q in Decatur

tommyjack

October 18th, 2011
5:42 pm

DBA Barbecue rocks with a little cayenne to wake you up!

Leigh Anne

October 18th, 2011
7:38 pm

David Poe’s BBQ on Whitlock Avenue in Marietta. Delicious!!

Q-rious Southerner

October 18th, 2011
8:22 pm

What makes the mac & cheese at DAVE POE’S House of Q some much better than other places?

ROLL, TIDE!

Q-rious Southerner

October 18th, 2011
8:23 pm

SO much better (not “some”)

John

October 18th, 2011
9:08 pm

The Beautiful Resturant has the absolute best mac and cheese. If you have not tried it you need to take a trip to Southwest Atl.

Panya Rice

October 19th, 2011
7:41 am

Parkside Cafe in AT & T Building 1025 Lenox Park Blvd.. Ask for Chef Michael Holmes… He has the best mac and cheese!!!!

East Atl Foodie

October 19th, 2011
10:48 am

Miss Betty’s House of Ribs on Bouldercrest. Yes, it’s in a trailer by a gas station, but it’s the best Mac and Cheese I’ve ever tasted.

David G

October 19th, 2011
10:52 am

Eddie’s Attic is awesome.

Eat-all-about it

October 19th, 2011
10:54 am

Grand Champion BBQ in Roswell!!! The best in the state!! Sam’s BBQ1, Dave’s & Community Q’s are way too oily.

Eatz a lot

October 19th, 2011
10:56 am

Grand Champion BBQ, newly opened and now my eternal favorite! The macaroni & cheese base is the best I’ve ever had.

Tennis4ever

October 19th, 2011
10:57 am

Have to tip my hat to Grand Champion BBQ. Others in the Marietta area are great, but these guys have the power of gouda and no oily leftovers in their mac. Excellent!!!

Glenn

October 19th, 2011
11:35 am

Three in a row for Grand Champion BBQ – and all within three minutes? Why am I skeptical that these were three independent consumer posts?

Tennis4ever

October 19th, 2011
11:41 am

Three seperate customers who work in the same office building, Remax off of Roswell Road. I told them of the link and there you go.

Matt

October 19th, 2011
12:03 pm

Glenn, thats how social media works, one of the guys from GC posted it on their facebook wall.

They are right as well, Mac and Cheese at Grand Champion BBQ is mind blowing. Its better than Dave Poes and his is way better than everyone elses.

Edward

October 19th, 2011
12:11 pm

The mac & cheese at Local Three is hard to beat. I’ve had two different varieties there at brunch (two different occasions) and both were amazing.

Gary

October 19th, 2011
12:31 pm

Without a doubt Grand Champion BBQ!

Glenn

October 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

Ok, I now understand the three consecutive posts – so GC is lobbying for posts, but I guess that’s part of the game, too. Anyway, I visited Grand Champion BBQ about two months ago after it was first mentioned in the AJC. I agree the mac n cheese is very good, but I don’t think it’s better than Capital Grille’s Lobster Mac n Cheese.

Matt

October 19th, 2011
12:58 pm

I do also love the Lobster Mac and Cheese but I mean whats not good if you put lobster in it. The only thing better than lobster is more lobster.

Sara

October 19th, 2011
1:02 pm

Parker’s on Ponce!! MmmMmmMMmMMMMmmmmmm truffles

T

October 19th, 2011
2:39 pm

Grand Champion BBQ in Marietta

Stupid

October 19th, 2011
2:54 pm

Grand champion stole their recipe from the best.. I mean the owner used to work at bbq 1 for gods sake!

Kerry Ruby

October 19th, 2011
3:01 pm

WHO’S GOT SOUL on herrington in Lawrenceville

IreneB

October 19th, 2011
3:33 pm

Rib Shack in East Point and Busy Bee on MLK…

Smart

October 19th, 2011
3:57 pm

@Stupid – Actually, from my understanding, the owners of GC paid the owner of BBQ1 for use of certain recipes. GC has expounded upon and tweaked these recipes. That in mind, I don’t think it’s fair to say they “stole” anything from Sam or Dave and as someone who has eaten at both restaurants multiple times, I like GC’s Q better.

Mr. M

October 19th, 2011
9:10 pm

Can’t believe nobody has mentioned Our Way Café in Avondale. Their 4-cheese mac & cheese is stellar! I also like Community Q’s version, but bring me some extra napkins to blot the grease before I start eating it.

CS6

October 19th, 2011
10:12 pm

@Stupid- know your facts (or at least ask). GC BBQ never stole it from BBQ 1. The original recipe came from David Roberts. Dave Poe was a partner with Sam at BBQ 1 (hence the name was Sam and Daves BBQ 1). So GC BBQ hasn’t “stole” BBQ 1’s recipe. In fact they improved the recipe by adding smoked Gouda. I learned this when I asked them if they ever ate at BBQ 1. Needless to say GC BBQ gets my vote. I like a place where the owners prepare your order in front of you.

Jane Cunningham

October 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

Community Barbeque on Clairmont rd

Cheryl

October 20th, 2011
1:25 pm

Michon’s in College Park!

Wino

October 20th, 2011
5:03 pm

Shed at Glenwood closed for 6 months.

Cynthia

October 20th, 2011
9:40 pm

Swallow at the Hollow has the best mac and cheese ever!!!

Eric

October 20th, 2011
10:28 pm

Jessica’s Oven Baked Goodness

Vino Lover

October 21st, 2011
1:29 pm

Grand Champion BBQ! The best.

cheese lover

October 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

Burnt Fork in Decatur way surpasses any that I’ve tried around town.

Dawgs42-tech34

October 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

BBQ 1 in East Cobb, and it ain’t close

SusieQ

October 21st, 2011
2:13 pm

I would have to vote for Heirloom BBQ, Sam’s BBQ1 and Grand Champion as the best I’ve had.

RW

October 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

w in Marietta

October 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

swallow in the hollow m’nc is fair, their brunswick stew is the worst I’ve had…Marietta Fish Market’s m’nc is much better