Best of Denver

Denver's five best dishes of mac and cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of our ultimate comfort foods, a dish quintessential to our youth, since most parents -- even the ones who didn't know how to cook anything that didn't come from a box -- could whip up a batch of the stuff for a play date. And usually it was the kind made from orange cheddar, butter, cream and elbow macaroni, a glistening pile of noodles that held no nutritional value whatsoever, fulfilling all of our childhood dreams.

Because Tom's Home Cookin's rendition of macaroni and cheese reminds us of those simpler times, we named it the Best Mac and Cheese in the city in this year's Best of Denver.

Our tastes have grown up, but it's still the simpler versions of cheesy pasta that really win us over. Here are four more favorites:

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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