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5 must-try places to enjoy a delicious mac and cheese in and around Victoria

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For those with a lactose intolerance, avert your eyes!

This Friday, July 7th is National Macaroni Day and we wanted to give you some ideas for your celebratory macaroni meal.

What better way to honour these delectable noodles than by smothering them with cheese and other random bits like bacon, bread crumbs, or spices?

Now that your mouth is watering, here’s 5 places to satisfy your mac and cheese craving in and around Victoria:

Irish Times Pub

Cheese, cheese, and more cheese! The Irish Times Pub isn’t messing around — their dish consists of macaroni noodles baked in a three cheese blend and topped with truffle bread crumbs.

If you’re feeling a little extra, you can add chicken or pulled pork!

  • Where: 1200 Government Street
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Fork’n Pork

Build your own delicious bowl of mac and cheese or pick one of their signature combinations ready for your fork!

One of their top picks include their SirReal Mac — a sizzling mac and cheese dish topped with pulled pork, bacon, and jalapenos

You also have to try the Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Mac — macaroni baked in their signature Canadian cheddar cheese sauce topped with chicken and coconut curry sauce.

  • Where: 1221 Wharf Street
  • When: 
    • Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Virtuous Pie

The anti-lactose club, there’s hope for you! So, if you’re still reading, you’re in for a treat.

Defined by their dedication to plant-based meals, they use a cashew cheese in their mac and cheese dishes, so you can enjoy as much as you want!

Dive into three different types of mac and cheese skillets — their classic dish, the specialty buffalo, or their rigatoni alfredo.

  • Where: 530 Pandora Avenue
  • When: Open 7 days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A spicy spin on a classic comfort dish, this pub serves a feature Cajun Chicken Mac & Cheese with jalapeños, red peppers, and grilled Cajun Chicken.
It even comes with a side of garlic toast!
  • Where: 777 Courtney Street
  • When: Open Tuesday to Saturday — hours vary

Wheelies Motorcycles & Cafe

Last, but certainly not least, we have another unique spin on the delicious mac and cheese dish!
This elevated version is served with a BBQ cream sauce, braised greens, havarti and aged cheddar — you can add meat for an extra charge too!
Not feeling lunch yet? No worries! They have a mac breakfast skillet with potatoes, poached eggs, aged cheddar, and (yes) their famous mac and cheese.
  • Where: 2620 Rock Bay Avenue
  • When: Open Tuesday to Sunday — hours vary slightly.

Cenote

If you didn’t think there was such thing as fancy mac and cheese, think again!

Not only has Cenote mastered the cocktail game, it’s also safe to say they’ve mastered the art of mac and cheese with their Lobster Mac and Cheese Skillet — yes, you heard correctly.

This stunning dish comes with Béchamel, fusilli noodles, baked with brie and mascarpone. The dish is topped with a 5 oz. Atlantic lobster tail poached in vanilla butter sauce, and garlic toast.

Is your stomach grumbling yet?

  • Where: 768 Yates Street
  • When: 
    • Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Did we miss your favourite mac and cheese spot? Let us know in the comments!

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