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Time Out LA's Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

We came, we saw, we conquered all the mac and cheese. Find out who won Time Out LA's inaugural Mac & Cheese Smackdown.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Horse Thief BBQ at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

Whoever said too much cheese is a bad thing doesn't know our readers. On Sunday, December 6, more than 1,000 mac and cheese fans descended on LA River Studios for our first Mac & Cheese Smackdown, pitting nine restaurants against each other to battle it out for the championship title. We sipped on Angel City Brewery beer and Dark Horse wine, and dove into cheesy dishes from Horse Thief BBQ, Lemonade, Max City BBQ, mac-O-licious, Nick + Stef's Steakhouse, Estérel, Hyperion Public, The Hudson and POP Champagne & Dessert Bar. No two dishes were alike—while some contained BBQ pulled pork or jalapeño, others were topped with oyster mushrooms or bacon bits. When we needed a break from carb-loading, we headed to the photo booth—where chalk artist Ben DeHart had created a seriously impressive backdrop—or to the Best Friends Animal Society lounge (a portion of the event's proceeds went toward this fantastic organization).

To crown a winner, attendees were given tickets to vote for their favorite dish—it was a close race, but in the end Nick + Stef's Steakhouse pulled ahead with their orecchiette version, made with Gruyère, Comté, fontina and shallots (shout out to second runner-up, Horse Thief BBQ, and first runner-up, POP Champagne & Dessert Bar!). Congratulations to everyone who participated, and we'll see you at our next tasting event!

Check out our photos from the Mac & Cheese Smackdown

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Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Hyperion Public at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Estérel Restaurant at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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The Hudson at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Nick & Stef's Steakhouse at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Max City BBQ at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Horse Thief BBQ at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Lemonade at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Mac-O-licious at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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POP Champagne & Dessert Bar at Time Out Los Angeles Mac & Cheese Smackdown 2015

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Watch our video from this delicious event

Comments

4 comments
Stratton T

Absolutely horrible. I thought I would take my parents there as a surprise, and boy was that a mistake. Waited in line a half hour to get in the door, then proceeded to wait twenty more minutes in two different lines for a total of three bites of lukewarm macaroni. So poorly organized and so far packed beyond capacity that it felt like a scam mixed with a mosh pit. I sent a letter to the organizer but no reply. For $100 you expect more than an hour in line and three bites of barely warm food.

Erick R

This was so much fun!  I literally ate more mac & cheese than I've ever eaten in my life in one sitting.  It was nice to have beer and wine to go with it.  All in all, this was a great event for such a good price!

selby s

I was disappointed by the Mac and Cheese Showdown. The venue was cramped and the lines were disorganized and ridiculously long. There were very few places to sit or even put your plate down. (and even though TimeOut can't help on this one, half of the Mac and Cheeses had truffle oil in them.) In the end, we were offered many drink tickets because people wanted to leave. We gave ours away too, the line for beer was too long for the first 30 minutes that we were there.

balancebrunette

I agree about to lines and not many places to sit. It was a great event, but the venue seemed too small.