Creamy, cozy, comfort food. Every now and then, a plate of mac ‘n cheese looks warm and inviting. Even to us grown-ups. Here are some of our favorite spots for that homemade dish:

West Five Lounge and Restaurant
4539 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Honored as one of the “superstar” mac ‘n cheeses by LunaCafe 2009 Mac & Cheese Roundup, West 5 says their Astral Mac ‘n Cheese is THE house favorite. This dish is a satisfying commingling of oven-baked pasta and five marvelous cheeses, baked to order and well worth the wait. Just one bite will make you a believer!

Icon Grill
1933 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101 · Get Directions

Icon Grill, has been featured on the Food Network for their Ultimate Macaroni & Cheese. This Mac n’ Cheese is unlike any you’ve ever had before. Four cheeses, tomato snow, crunchy topping and a final flourish of even more molten cheese. Or try Icon’s Hog Wild Mac n’Chz – from the winner of our Mac n’Chz Final Four Contest as created by icon’s guest, Tracy Butler. Macaroni and molten cheese sauce with BBQ pulled pork and caramelized sweet onions.

Beecher’s Seattle
Pike Place Market
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101

Consistently winners for their cheeses from the prestigious American Cheese Society, Beecher’s Macaroni and Cheese has been a local People’s Picks finalist and winner as well. Even Oprah put it on her 2010 list of Oprah’s favorite things, according to her website. The tiny little bistro at Pike Place has old fashioned milk jugs for stools. Slide up to the counter with your piping hot mac ‘n cheese, and watch through the glass as the Beecher cheese artisans work their magic. Then pick up a box of the frozen Beecher’s Macaroni and Cheese to take home. Or order some to be shipped to friends and family for a holiday meal.

Plumb Bistro
1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

This Capitol Hill restaurant has only been around for a couple of years, but it’s already making a splash among vegan and vegetarian foodies with its Spicy Cajun Mac ‘N’ Yease. A vegan mac ‘n cheese dish that is incredibly creamy, with a kick of cayenne, turmeric and red pepper, yet completely cheese free.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
1225 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

For a grown-up version of mac ‘n cheese, The Purple Café tempts with their Maine Lobster Baked Mac ‘n Cheese campanelle pasta, lobster, creamy gruyere sauce, fried leeks and carrots. With locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville, you can sip some of the best wines of the Northwest and beyond, while trying the mac ‘n cheese that Zagat called “worthy of a visit.”