People Newspapers’ Mac-Off Concludes: Everyone Wins

Al Biernat’s Mac & Cheese

In honor of National Macaroni and Cheese Day, which is today for some people, and every day for others, People Newspapers held a People’s Pick for Best Mac & Cheese Mac-Off to find out who sells the People’s favorite macaroni and cheese.  And the winner?

Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ, by a wide margin, is the People’s Pick for top macaroni and cheese for 2020.  If Big Al’s isn’t on your radar screen, it should be.  The family-owned Barbeque restaurant has been a Dallas mainstay for 46 years and is now operated by Al’s daughter, Lauren Weiner. We attempted to contact Ms. Weiner for comment but she was unavailable, perhaps fielding calls from world-famous celebrities placing orders for barbecue and award-winning mac and cheese.

According to a biographer, macaroni and cheese was Ludwig von Beethovens’s favorite food, which used parmesan rather than cheddar.  Me? I’ll take macaroni and cheese any way you wanna serve it.  Today, it’s known as simple, comfort food, but in the early 1700s, it was a bit fancier, since pasta was very expensive. There are so many versions that use different cheeses, some recipes use eggs, some don’t. Some add truffle oil, lobster, burnt ends and whatever else you dress it up with. 

For the winner and the runner’s up of the People’s Pick Mac-Off, the approach was straightforward and delicious.  Congratulations to all the nominees, I hope you all genuinely feel that 2020 has turned the corner for you with this nomination of People’s Pick for Best Mac & Cheese.  As they say in show biz, it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Terry Black’s Mac-n-Cheese

Winner:

Big Al’s Smokehouse Mac & Cheese

Runners Up in order:

Neighborhood Services; Al Biernat’s and Street’s (tie); Kuby’s; Hudson House and Lover’s Seafood & Market

Nominees:

Cattleack Barbecue – Hatch Chili Mac-n-Cheese

Smokey Rose – House Mac

Cooper’s Meat Market – Cooper’s Mac & Cheese

Smokey John’s Barbecue – Mac & Cheese

Ocean Prime – Lobster Mac & Cheese

Street’s Fine Chicken – Brie Mac & Cheese

Nick & Sam’s – Four Cheese Mac

Hudson House – Mac + Cheese

Kuby’s – Macaroni & Cheese

Terry Black’s BBQ – Mac-n-Cheese

Al Biernat’s – Mac & Cheese

Montlake Cut – Shells & Cheese

The Meat Shop – Truffle Mac & Cheese

Lover’s Seafood Market – Grandma’s Mac & Cheese

Kersten Rettig

Kersten Rettig is an eater, drinker, cooker, writer and former restaurant owner with a deep affection for all things food and beverage related. The Park Cities resident has a food blog and Instagram called The Kickshaw Papers. Follow her @KickshawPapers.

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