If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that mac and cheese is one of the world’s greatest delights. A staple for children and adults alike, this seemingly simple combination of pasta and cheese is beloved by Americans across the country. Lucky for us, New Hampshire plays host to some of the best mac and cheese around. From down-home to fancy, simple to dressed up, here are the 10 best eateries to get mac and cheese in the state!
With locations in Manchester and Portsmouth, and a third in Massachusetts, Mr. Mac’s Mac and Cheese is borderline legendary when it comes to the art of mingling pasta and cheese. This eat in, take out, heat at home, and delivery option is perfect for long days when cozy comfort food is all you need to wind down. Choose from decidedly American combinations—like the jalapeno popper mac—and fusion options like the Italian influenced carbonara. Not inspired by the 21 menu recipes? Create your own from 10 types of cheese and a myriad of meat and add-ins and unleash your inner mac-sterpiece.
Macaroni and cheese appears just once at this Nashua restaurant—on the dinner menu—but Pig Tale somehow elevates this classic dish to gourmet status. Expertly blended Vermont cheddar, picnic ham, pasta, and bread crumbs combine to create a very grown up version of this childhood staple. Keep an eye open for upgraded takes on other classic food like BLTs, tacos, and wings.
Ultra cheesy mac, topped by Cheetos. The mac and cheese at River Road Tavern is known far and wide as being among the best in state. A bar and restaurant with excellent, dog friendly outdoor seating, this Bedford location is a fabulous way to warm up on cold autumn and winter days.
For a south-of-the-border take on the American classic, look no further than Amigos Mexican Cantina. This beloved Milford location offers two varieties of mac: Mexican, which features veggies, bacon, and grilled chicken breast, and a version which substitutes lobster for the chicken. Double your pleasure and visit Amigos on a Wednesday, when Sauza Gold Margaritas are just $3.99, all day!
If you’re craving mac and cheese of a fancier variety, the Barley House has what you seek! With locations in Concord and North Hampton, this restaurant/tavern serves up mac with Guinness cheese sauce, with optional chicken and bacon. Visit on Tuesday evenings and enjoy your mac and cheese feast alongside live Irish music.
If you fancy yourself a mac and cheese connoisseur, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the often-lauded take served up by 900 Degrees Pizzeria at their Manchester and Epping locations. Italian influenced, loaded with cheddar cheese, and finished with house-made bread crumbs, 900 Degrees draws on simple, often local ingredients of the utmost quality to create memorable, decadent dishes you’ll want to eat over and over again.
Black Mountain Burger Company does offer the classic version of mac and cheese as a delicious side option, but their true melty masterpiece appears in the appetizers portion of the menu. Fried mac and cheese balls, served with warm marinara sauce (also available Buffalo style), are the perfect way to wind down a long day in the office or on the mountain. Order them with a garden salad for a meal that at least feels balanced. Craving something heartier? Consider the mac and chili, a drool-worthy hybrid of American standard fare.
Classic, cheesy perfection. The mac at the Governor’s Inn Spaulding Steak and Ale restaurant is a traditional take, but no less delicious than the rest. Topped with buttery breadcrumbs, served with garlic bread, and topped with optional shrimp.
For more than 20 years, Delaney’s has been the go-to in the Mt. Washington Valley for incredibly diverse, quality foods to warm the heart and soul. Their mac and cheese is no exception, a glorious medley of fresh Maine lobster, smoked pork belly, sherry cheddar sauce, and panko/parmesan/Ritz cracker bread crumbs, served with equally delicious garlic bread.
Enjoy gourmet mac and cheese in an 1850 farmhouse at Six Burner Bistro. This Plymouth location offers three ways: plain, with Buffalo chicken, or with Applewood smoked bacon and organic tomatoes. No matter which option you choose, prepare to have your cheesy dreams granted.