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Six servings to celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day |

Six servings to celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day

On the illustrious holiday of July 14 as National Mac and Cheese Day is celebrated, the people of Athens are fortunate that the Classic City offers this classic side in spades. Macaroni and cheese, a comfort food that can be as simple as its name and as complex as the imagination allows, has several delicious forms in Athens.  Whether you’re celebrating the day of mac and cheese or just want to add a few places to your list, the following six spots deserve consideration

South Kitchen + Bar

The Southern-influenced menu of South Kitchen + Bar puts a twist on the classic plates it serves, and its truffled mac and cheese is no different. Topped with cherry peppers, the dish is compellingly flavorful enough to serve as the base for several skillets, or to be served as a side not to be missed.

The Grit

With a recipe for mac and cheese so delicious it was described as “the most super yummy Mac Cheese ever” when revealed in the restaurant’s cookbook, this vegetarian and vegan spot is worth celebrating. Breadcrumbs round out the flavor and texture for a comfort food that hits the spot.


home.made has its own take on adding breadcrumbs with its mac and cheese with brown butter breadcrumbs, available on its lunch and Saturday brunch menus. As a veggie/side plate, the dish comes with a buttermilk biscuit and is available through dining in, pickup and delivery through Bulldawg Foods.

The Place

With mac and cheese described as heaven, The Place boasts a gouda dish that delights. This downtown eatery’s lunch menu has plenty of options with Southern flair, but the mac and cheese is a definite fan favorite at this family affair of a restaurant.

Pouch Pies

A touch more casual than the other restaurants on the list, Pouch Pies offers an appetizing side of mac and cheese as well. Although the tastes at Pouch come from around the world, the “mac ‘n cheese” is pure American goodness that can round out a meal or be enjoyed on its own.

Dawg Gone Good BBQ

Dawg Gone Good BBQ, a 2017 Award Recipient on Yelp, is a family barbecue in Athens beloved by the community. As any barbecue should, the restaurant does right by mac and cheese by making a creamy side dish to balance out its entrees.

Honorable Mention: D.P. Dough

While not exactly the classic side of mac and cheese, D.P. Dough’s Athens location has a mac and cheese-filled calzone with added bacon and cheddar. Although nontraditional, this meal is just as fulfilling a way as any to celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day.

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