Mac and cheese is often delegated to the kids’ menu, but in Portland — a city known to zhuzh childhood favorites like doughnuts and fried chicken — next-level mac-and-cheese options appear everywhere from food carts to fancy restaurants. Some stick to the basic Tillamook and elbows, some add oomph with pork belly or Creole gravy; either way, Portland’s take on macaroni and cheese generally rises above the basic box sitting in the pantry.
In order to make a fair assessment, this map focuses on the entry level versions of mac and cheese on the menu, and excludes spots that only have occasional mac-and-cheese specials or only vegan mac and cheese. For more pasta options or Southern staples, the Eater Portland Italian and Southern maps may provide some guidance. Per usual, this map is not ranked, but rather organized geographically.Read More