San Diego: a city of sun, surf, and some really amazing food. Chefs flock to San Diego for the culture, the community, and the access to fresh produce and seafood. San Diego is also a cultural melting pot and is home to people from all over the world. This makes the food scene diverse and delicious.

Mac and cheese is an American staple and has been for centuries. While mac and cheese out of the box is tasty and can be convenient in a pinch, it can be a little plain. San Diego chefs have taken the simple concept of mac and cheese and turned the volume up to 11. By incorporating fresh ingredients and global flavors, they’ve elevated mac and cheese into a gourmet dish that’ll keep San Diegans coming back for more. 

Monster Mac

We are Monster Mac, an innovative restaurant brand under the Nextbite umbrella. We serve flavorful, crave-worthy mac and cheese creations that are nothing like the boxed and frozen mac and cheese of your childhood. We use fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and vegetables to create gourmet pasta dishes, and we deliver them right to your door.

We operate using a cloud kitchen model, meaning we don’t have a space for guests to dine in. Our food is available via delivery only. This allows us to put more time, money, and energy into the quality of our food, and we guarantee you’ll taste the difference.

We spent time developing our menu and testing our dishes to make sure each one is unique and delicious. We’ve got everything: from the classics to the totally unique, with dishes inspired by worldly cuisine and fresh ingredients.

If you’re a mac and cheese purist, we know you’ll love our Classic Mac, which is a traditional mac and cheese. Some might call it boring, but we say it’s iconic. You’ll really be able to appreciate the creamy, gooey cheese and the cooked-to-perfection pasta. 

If your friends describe you as a little bit bougie, try out Truffle Mac. It’s a gouda mac and cheese with truffle oil, grilled portobello mushrooms, and shredded parmesan. The luxurious, flavorful truffle oil provides an umami flavor that is perfectly complemented by the mushrooms and pairs beautifully with the smooth blend of cheeses. This mac and cheese will make you want to savor every last bite (and maybe even lick the bowl clean—we won’t tell anyone).

Our Street Mac, inspired by Mexican elote, aka street corn, is a traditional mac and cheese, with Mexican street corn, queso fresco, roasted peppers, and cilantro. With the Mexican border only 17 miles away from downtown, it’s no surprise that San Diegans love Mexican food. This dish provides a cheesy, smooth base for the bold, delicious flavors of Mexican street corn to shine. 

The Loaded Beast is a customer favorite. It’s a spin on traditional Southern mac and cheese, loaded with bacon, green onions, crème fraîche, fried shallots, and roasted garlic chips. The bacon, fried shallots, and garlic chips provide a crispy crunch, while the crème fraîche makes it extra smooth. 

Seafood lovers, make some noise! For you, we recommend the Cajun Mac, a gouda mac and cheese with Cajun crab, truffle oil, shredded parmesan, and gouda. The seafood is Amazing in San Diego, and this mac and cheese is stuffed to the brim with flavorful crab. The truffle oil and the cheese blend bring a creamy richness to this mac, and we guarantee you’ll want to come back for seconds.

Finally, if you’re a big buffalo wing fan, try our Buffalo Mac, which is our traditional mac and cheese blended with spicy buffalo chicken breast, blue cheese crumbles & green onions. This mac combines all the best aspects of game day food into one comforting, hearty dish. The Buffalo Mac is perfect for football Sunday, but you’ll crave it every night of the week. 

While we know we have the best mac and cheese in San Diego, we love our community, and we want to give other restaurants some love. We encourage you to try out these other restaurants that are doing macaroni and cheese very right.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company opened in San Diego in 1989 and was the first brewery in the country since the Prohibition era. Founder Chris Cramer was inspired by a brewpub he visited while backpacking through Australia, and together with his college buddy Matt Rattner, and his cousin, Master Brewer Karl M. Strauss, they opened Karl Strauss’ first location in downtown San Diego. Since then, the craft beer industry in San Diego has boomed.

Along with their craft beers, Karl Strauss also serves a variety of delicious apps, salads, and entrees. Their mac and cheese, called Mac on Tap, is served with a gooey cheese sauce and a parmesan breadcrumb topping. They offer protein mix-ins for an additional charge, so guests can customize their mac and cheese. They currently offer chili, cheddar brats, grilled chicken breast, beer-brined bacon, and chili-chicken sausage. 

Breakfast Republic

You might be thinking: a breakfast restaurant? Serving mac and cheese? At Breakfast Republic, they’re serving up a Breakfast Bacon Mac and Cheese that’ll blow you out of the water. It’s topped with parmesan breadcrumbs, chives, jack cheese, cheddar sauce, and three eggs cooked any style. They also offer an option to upgrade your mac with pork. 

If you’re still not sure about cheesy pasta for breakfast, maybe this survey will help you: according to a survey from Kraft of 1,000 parents, 56% of them said they’ve fed their children mac and cheese for breakfast. There are officially no rules anymore, and we say mac and cheese for breakfast is a-okay, especially when it’s this delicious. 

Mister A’s

Mister A’s is an upscale restaurant that boasts beautiful views of the bay and the San Diego skyline, as well as gourmet, French-inspired food and craft cocktails. This one is definitely a fancy mac and cheese, and the restaurant is a bit of a splurge. But, for a special occasion, Mister A’s is an amazing choice.

Mister A’s brings class to the simple mac and cheese by blending it with pancetta and black truffle. The Mister A’s Mac and Cheese is listed as a starter, so the portion will be smaller, but it’s so decadent you won’t need too much. 

Grater Grilled Cheese

As their name suggests, Grater’s main focus is grilled cheese sandwiches. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t have some gooey, comforting mac and cheese creations to offer. Grater Grilled Cheese began with a food truck and has expanded to include four locations throughout Southern California. Their menu boasts endless comfort food options, from grilled cheeses to loaded french fries to burgers, and of course, some amazing mac and cheese.

Grater’s Mac and Cheese is a Cavatappi pasta tossed with a bechamel sauce and their signature five cheese blend. You can leave it at that or customize it with three different recipes. If you’re a seafood lover, go for the Lobster, which is filled with tender lobster and krab mix and a pale ale chipotle aioli. The Country Mac and Cheese has applewood bacon, parsley, and ranch, and the Buffalo Mac and Cheese is made with buffalo fried chicken and ranch. All three options are gooey, creamy, and absolutely delicious. 

Shotcaller Street Soul Food

Shotcaller Street Soul Food is a casual neighborhood spot that serves up a mix of traditional and non-traditional soul food. They take traditional comfort food dishes and reimagine them, inspired by global cuisine. For instance, their Soul Rolls, described as American-Chinese egg rolls with soul, are stuffed with traditional Southern soul food ingredients, such as jambalaya and shrimp and grits. 

Shotcaller’s Loaded Mac and Cheese Bowls, made with a blend of six cheeses, come in multiple different flavors. The base mac and cheese blends Monterrey jack, mild cheddar, sharp cheddar, asadero, queso quesadilla, and gruyere cheeses over elbow macaroni. 

Shotcaller offers BBQ Pulled Pork Mac with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and crispy jalapenos, as well as Bacon Cheeseburger Mac, made with ground beef, chopped bacon, onion, and diced tomato. Their third option, Crab Mac, with crab meat, parmesan parsley, and cornbread crumbs, is perfect for seafood lovers who want a hearty, delicious meal with fresh, tasty ingredients. 

Conclusion

San Diego is a wonderful city, and Monster Mac is so happy to call it home. We love the beautiful scenery, the spectacular beaches, and most of all, the vibrant community. San Diego is full of diversity, and the food scene here reflects that. San Diego chefs offer unique, imaginative interpretations of mac and cheese that reflect their cultural upbringing, as well as their culinary education.

It’s no secret that the past year has been difficult for restaurants. Over 100,000 U.S. restaurants have shut their doors over the course of the pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to support your local eateries. By ordering from Monster Mac, or one of these other local businesses, you’re helping to uplift your community and keep these restaurants open. 

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

Sources:

Welcome to Baja California | Sandiego.org

Is macaroni and cheese a breakfast food? Kraft is trying to make it one | Today.com

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