When you think of Atlanta, what comes to mind? Maybe you immediately think of the sports teams, or the museums, or the art and history scene. Or, you might think of their massive food scene. Food in Atlanta is heavily inspired by classic Southern soul food and amazing BBQ. There are also some great sushi, taco, and noodle spots that are not to be missed. 

Since mac and cheese is a Southern comfort food staple, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Atlanta chefs love to reinvent this dish. Whether it’s served with a fancy cheese blend, baked in the oven, or with unique mix-ins, the mac and cheese in Atlanta is sure to be some of the best you’ve ever had. Pair it with some Coca-Cola and Lay’s Potato chips (both of which were invented in Atlanta), and you’ve got yourself a fantastic meal.

Monster Mac

Monster Mac (that’s us!) is an innovative restaurant concept developed by Nextbite brands. We know that mac and cheese is a staple and while we love this classic dish, we wanted to elevate it into something more. We use fresh produce, meats, and seafood to take our mac and cheese to the next level and provide our guests with something hearty, comforting, and oh-so-delicious.

We operate using a cloud kitchen model. This means our food is available via delivery only, which allows us to place greater emphasis on our menu and the quality of our food. Plus, it means you can enjoy our flavorful mac and cheese creations without ever having to leave the house. Just fire up your favorite third-party delivery app, select your meal, and we’ll take care of the rest.

We’re so proud of the menu and our gooey, delectable, signature mac and cheese. We aim to please, and with one bite of our food, we know you’ll feel right at home.

Our Classic Mac, which is a traditional mac and cheese, is the base for many of our signature macs. It’s simple and classic, but that doesn’t mean boring. The Classic Mac is just like your mom used to make, only way better (we won’t tell her if you don’t!)

The Buffalo Mac, which is our traditional mac and cheese blended with spicy buffalo chicken breast, blue cheese crumbles & green onions, is another fan favorite. It’s spicy, creamy, and smooth, with a subtle tang from the blue cheese. It brings all the bold buffalo chicken flavor without all the mess.

If you love crispy bacon (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), you’ll want to try The Loaded Beast, made with bacon, green onions, crème fraîche, fried shallots, and roasted garlic chips. The Loaded Beast brings all the flavors typically associated with Southern mac and cheese and kicks them up a notch.

The Street Mac is our traditional mac and cheese with Mexican street corn, queso fresco, roasted peppers, and cilantro. This dish is inspired by Mexican elote, which is corn on the cob smothered in a creamy mayo sauce, then topped with chili powder, cheese, and lime. The Street Mac ensures that Atlantans won’t have to travel all the way to Mexico to get their hands on this craveable dish. 

If you prefer your mac and cheese to come loaded with tender seafood, the Cajun Mac is the dish for you. It begins with our gouda mac and cheese, then gets stuffed with Cajun crab, truffle oil, shredded parmesan, and gouda. Mac and cheese and seafood have been friends for decades, and we’ve elevated the classic combo with giant lumps of fresh crab and savory, decadent truffle oil. 

If you can’t get enough truffle, try our Truffle Mac, a gouda mac and cheese with truffle oil, grilled portobello mushrooms, and shredded parmesan. This dish makes truffle the star of the show and compliments it with rich gouda cheese, savory mushrooms, and creamy parmesan.

We love mac and cheese. It’s all we do. We know our mac and cheese is the best Atlanta has to offer, but we still encourage you to sample from these other local places. Atlanta chefs know how to do mac and cheese very right.

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Mary Mac’s Tea Room has been operating in Atlanta since 1945 and has a rich, unique history behind it. It was opened by Mary Mackenzie at the tail end of WWII when many women were looking for a way to make their own money and enter the workforce. In this era, women couldn’t legally open up their own restaurants, so they called them “tearooms” to get around the red tape. What began as one small dining room has now expanded to six, plus a full-service bar.

Mary Mac’s serves up classic, comforting Southern fare and is renowned for its amazing service. Their menu offers soul food classics like fried okra, hush puppies, chicken and dumplings, and of course, their famous mac and cheese. The Macaroni and Cheese is listed as a side, but it’s so delicious you’ll want to eat it all by itself. If you’re looking for a little more, you could always pair it with one of their BBQ specialties, like their BBQ Ribs or Smothered Chicken.

Poor Calvin’s

Poor Calvin’s has been serving Atlanta since 2012, offering a unique fusion of Thai and Southern cuisines. Poor Calvin’s’ menu is focused around fresh seafood, and they serve daily specials based on what’s available at the fish market. 

Owner Chef Calvin Phan has a unique culinary history, born in Vietnam and culinarily trained in Germany before coming to settle in Atlanta. Chef Phan offers an East-meets-West approach to cuisine, and his dishes are as unique as they are tasty.

The menu at Poor Calvin’s boasts many unique dishes that blend Asian cuisine with traditional Southern cooking, such as Fried Frog Legs, which are corn batter fried and served with roti and Thai curry dipping sauce, and the Fried Green Tomato and Korean Beef, served with spicy aioli and ghost pepper BBQ sauce. The Lobster Mac and Cheese gets rave reviews, combining creamy, gooey macaroni and cheese with huge chunks of fresh-caught lobster. 

D.B.A. Barbecue

D.B.A Barbecue is a casual neighborhood spot for amazing BBQ, homemade sides, and specialty drinks. They offer BBQ favorites like pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and ribs, as well as unique dishes like their house-cured Pastrami, which takes over two weeks to make.

If you go for one of their Smokehouse plates, be sure to pair that with a side of their gooey mac and cheese. Or, if you want something a little more unique, try The Archie Bunker sandwich, smoked pulled pork, mac and cheese, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese, all piled high on Texas toast. 

Community Q BBQ

Community Q may have BBQ in the name, but what this casual spot is really known for is their delicious mac and cheese. Chef and Owner Dave Roberts developed the dish in 2001, and he has been cooking it up non-stop ever since to meet the demand. Roberts estimates that he goes through 600 pounds of dried pasta and 2,400 of cheese every week, just to keep up. It’s continually voted the best mac and cheese in Atlanta year after year.

The Community Q mac and cheese is made with thick rigatoni noodles and a blend of parmesan, cheddar, and Monterey jack cheeses. There are tons of copycat recipes online, but none live up to the original. Roberts even ships his mac and cheese all across the Southeast so families can enjoy it for special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Texas native twin brothers Justin and Jonathan Fox were homesick for Texas-style BBQ after moving to Atlanta, so they decided to take matters into their own hands. However, neither had ever had formal culinary training. They began testing their skills for their friends at backyard BBQs, which grew into a catering operation, and eventually, Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, serving up pulled pork, brisket, and of course, mac and cheese. 

They’ve received incredible reviews from publications such as Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, and Sports Illustrated, and have been featured on TV shows like “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” The Today Show, and “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” 

Fox Bros. mac and cheese is gooey, saucy, and is made with a blend of three different cheeses. They combine butter and flour to make a roux as a base for the sauce, then melt in mozzarella, cheddar, and Monterey Jack. They season with nutmeg and cayenne, offering a burst of flavor. They also offer meatier macs, such as a Chili Mac with their house-made chili and their Fox-a-Roni-Mac and Cheese with Brunswick Stew. 

Conclusion

Mac and cheese is a Southern comfort food staple, so it’s no surprise that the BBQ and Southern-inspired restaurants of Atlanta have taken it upon themselves to elevate the dish to the next level. Whether it’s served plain or mixed with BBQ, as a side or a main, Atlantans love mac and cheese, and they serve up some of the best in the country.

To order from Monster Mac or to learn more about us, visit us online here.

Sources:

Things You Didn’t Know Were From Atlanta and Georgia | VH1

Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese | Smithsonian Mag.

Eat This: Community Q BBQ’s mac and cheese | Atlanta Magazine

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