Mac & Cheese at Beer Kitchen
By Sarah Gish and Andrea Shores
There’s no shortage of macaroni and cheese dishes in Kansas City’s dining scene. Some restaurants offer simple, everyday versions of the classic dish; others aim for downright decadence with add-ins such as lobster and burnt ends.
Purists might prefer the base model at Beer Kitchen, 435 Westport Road. The $11 entree is satisfying and indulgent, even without mix-ins such as white truffle oil and braised short rib (though those are available for an upcharge). A decadent three-cheese blend of fontina, pecorino-romano and white cheddar smothers large elbow shells cooked al dente — perfect for maximum cheese saturation.
Served piping hot in ceramic dish, the mac & cheese is topped with buttery, herby, crunchy breadcrumbs toasted golden brown. — A.S.