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#53 – Find our favourite mac’n’cheese in Toronto

Last week we went to Stout and tried out their mac’n’cheese.  I got the standard and Meg got the smoked bacon version. Thank you to Sara and Meg for helping out with their ratings!

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Stout was the last mac’n’cheese dish we will have this year, so below are the final scores for each of the five dishes we had.

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So according to our proven-to-be-flawed rating system, Harbord House is our favourite mac’n’cheese!  Both Adam and I would say that Czehoski is our favourite, but Harbord House would be second for sure.  So perhaps not too flawed?  Thank you to all our friends who joined into the fun and helped us with this one; Julia, Sara and Meg, you ladies are awesome.

You can find our post about Victory Cafe here, and our post about Harbord House, Indie Ale House and Czehoski here.

Disclaimer: We are not food critics or restaurant reviewers.  All opinions posted are just for fun.

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In Progress – #53 – Find our favourite mac’n’cheese in Toronto

We started this one way back in February; check out this post to get the explanation about our super serious mac’n’cheese grading system.  Since then, we’ve had three more contenders; Harbord House, Indie Ale House and Czehoski.  It’s worth noting after doing an early score tally, that the mac’n’cheese currently with the highest score isn’t necessarily the one we’d say is our favourite, so we are clearly not consistent or very good at his grading system!

First up, Harbord House.  We used to go here a lot when we had some friends who lived next door, and I’d always get the mac’n’cheese, so we put it on the list.  It’s got cheddar, jack, parm and ermite cheese and comes with a nice side salad.  The night we went it had more sauce than usual, which made the blue cheese pretty strong, but usually it isn’t as overpowering.

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Harbord House is on Harbord at Brunswick.  Hours and menus can be found here.

Next up was Indie Ale House, which opened fairly recently in our neighbourhood.  There was a fairly spirited debate about their mac’n’cheese in the comments of a BlogTO review (found here), so on the list it went!

It was pretty good, but didn’t blow me away, and I didn’t order it again when we went back.Image
Indie Ale House is on Dundas West, just west of Keele.  Hours and menus can be found here.

Last night we were at Czehoski’s to celebrate the birthday of one of our dearest friends, and took the opportunity to try the mac’n’cheese (this one made most, if not all the best-of lists we referenced, found in this post).  I had the highest hopes for this one and it didn’t let me down, super tasty.  And, because we were chatting, we ate half of it cold, and it was still delicious.Image
Czehoski’s is on Queen West at Tecumseh.  Hours and menus can be found here.

Disclaimer: We are not food critics or restaurant reviewers.  All opinions posted are just for fun.

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In Progress – #53 – find our favourite mac’n’cheese in Toronto

This one got added to the list due to an intense Mac’n’cheese phase I was going through early January, so adding it to the list somehow legitimized that.  We obviously will not be spending every weekend eating Mac’n’cheese, so we choose our contenders based on the following lists and friend recommendations.  If a restaurant was on a list or recommended at least twice, we’ll give it a go, which leaves us with about 3 or 4 contenders (thankfully, since the intense mac’n’cheese phase has passed, and there’s only so much I can eat!).

The lists we are working with are;

BlogTO’s Best Mac’n’Cheese in Toronto (2010), found here.

Toronto.com’s Best Mac’n’Cheese in Toronto (2012), found here.

NOW’s Mac Attack list (2007), found here.

Luckily, I have a judging partner on this one.  My friend Julia, also a mac’n’cheese lover, joined us at our first restaurant we’re trying and we developed a super serious, totally flawless mac’n’cheese judging system.  Four categories, max score of 5 noodles out of five per category.  Whichever contender comes out with the highest average score between us at the end of the year is declared the winner.

First contender: Victory Cafe.
First impression: this thing is a monster. It’s a huge serving and comes with salad and garlic bread.  Scores below.

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Details: Victory Cafe is at 581 Markham Street (just south of Bloor).  Hours and menu can be found here.

We are not food critics or restaurant reviewers.  All opinions posted are just for fun.

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