Best Restaurants for Mac & Cheese According to Our Readers

Written by Step Out Staff
Published on January 28, 2021
Griffon Gastropub mac and cheese
Photo courtesy of Griffon Gastropub

Craving a big bowl of comforting cheesy pasta or a specialty mac decked out with mix-ins and toppings? This guide won’t steer you wrong when it comes to finding the best spots to order mac and cheese in Buffalo and Western New York.

We asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best mac and cheese in Buffalo and WNY, and they answered with their top picks. Below we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations – if it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

With hundreds of comments resulting in over 40 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood. Some specifically specialize in the cheesy good stuff, and some have one version that just might blow your socks off – hey that’s all it takes, right? All have mac and cheese worth recommending according to our readers.

Shout out to Step Out Buffalo intern Kayla for helping put together this guide!

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Pizza Mac / Photo courtesy of Mooney’s

Best of the Best

While many recommendations were mentioned more than once, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again and it’s safe to say these are our readers’ top picks in order:

  1. Mooney’s (Depew, Kenmore, Lancaster, Tonawanda, West Seneca)
  2. Ballyhoo (Buffalo’s Old First Ward)
  3. Fat Bob’s (Allentown & East Aurora)
  4. Griffon Gastropub (Clarence, Niagara Falls, East Aurora)

Keep scrolling to see the full list of mentions!

Fat Bob's mac and cheese
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ballyhoo mac and cheese
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Griffon Gastropub mac and cheese
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Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to our readers.

Guide to Best Mac & Cheese Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY According to Our Readers

Ballyhoo Links & Drinks

211 South Park Ave
Buffalo New York 14204 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: A Cobblestone District favorite, Ballyhoo is as nice inside as it is homely on the outside. They offer housemade sausages and sides, craft cocktails

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Big Ditch Brewing Co.

55 E Huron St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Big Ditch Brewing Co. is one of Downtown Buffalo's shinning stars when it comes to brewery/restaurant combos. The tap room is huge, yet welcoming and does

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Big Mood

423 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14032 • $$

Vegan

Buffalo

Fast Casual

Buffalo's first all plant based eatery - formerly Root $ Bloom Cafe.

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Buffalo Chophouse

282 Franklin St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$$

American

Buffalo

Fine Dining

Step Out's 2 Cents Buffalo Chophouse may not have been Buffalo's first steakhouse, but there are few oldies left that compare. Reports of long waits at

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Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Southern

Buffalo

Restaurant $ Lounge in Buffalo, NY specializing in scratch made soul food and local Buffalo favorites. Taste the Soul of 716!!!

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Buffalo’s Best Grill

3700 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Full service restaurant open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Buffalo's Best Grill Is Open 7 Days A Week Serving Lunch and Dinner; Sundays - Brunch

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Cantina 62

2178, Seneca Street, Kaisertown
Buffalo New York 14210 • $$

Mexican

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Cantina 62 A small Mexican American Diner. We serve a traditional breakfast and lunch; featuring a menu blended with American Classics and

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Community Beer Works Brewery & Taproom – 7th Street – Temporarily Closed

520 7th St
Buffalo New York 14201 • $

American

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

We're Buffalo's first nanobrewery, making (really good) beer in (very) small batches since 2012. We're expanding in 2018 because we believe that if we

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CoreLife Eatery

3670, McKinley Parkway, Big Tree
Erie County New York 14219 • $$

Asian

South Towns

Why is it so hard to eat nutritious food that feeds your body and your soul every day? The evidence supporting the power of eating well continues to grow,

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Dinosaur BBQ

301 Franklin St.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in the heart of Buffalo's Theater District, the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que occupies a former vault that stored movies for Universal International Pictures. A

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East Eden Tavern

8163 E Eden Rd
Eden New York 14057 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Love the Garbage Platter- served on a garbage can lid, serves 4 ish $39.99, ($29.99 on Tues.) - full rack of ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, mac n

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Ebenezer Ale House

4348 Seneca St
Buffalo New York 14224 • $$

American

South Towns

Since it opened its doors in 2011, the Ebenezer Ale House has been providing Western New York with one of the best selections of food and drink in the

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Ellicottville Brewing Company

28 Monroe St
Ellicottville New York 14731 • $$

American

Southern Tier

Ellicottville Brewing was established in 1995 by our beer-loving founder after a ski trip to Vail, CO. Inspiration had struck: an authentic craft brewery

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Essex Street Pub

530 Rhode Island St
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: The Essex Street Pub is a fantastic little hidden gem on the edge of the west side. Full of charm and perfect for lunch, dinner or late night

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Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

41 Virginia Pl
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Fat Bob's Smokehouse has been tucked in on Buffalo's cutest street since the late 90's. The rare combination of good bar, good food and good location has

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Fat Bobs @ 42 North Brewing

25 Pine St
East Aurora New York 14052 • $$

BBQ

South Towns

Fat Bob's in collaboration with 42 North Brewing Company in East Aurora. Fat Bob's will be serving BBQ at the brewery every Tuesday through Sunday, including

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Gabriel’s Gate

145 Allen St.
Buffalo New York 14201 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Gabriel's Gate Located in the heart of Allentown, Gabriel's Gate is one of the original Tift Row Houses, which were built in 1864. We offer

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Griffin Gastropub – Clarence

5445 Transit Rd
Clarence New York 14031 • $$

American

North Towns

SOB Says About Griffin Gastropub: According to Griffon Gastropub's website, 'If you're looking for a typical 'neighborhood grill' type of place, keep looking,'

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Griffin Gastropub – Niagara Falls

2470 Military Road
Niagara Falls New York 14303 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

The Griffon Pub is a gastropub located in Niagara Falls, NY that boasts 50 beers on tap and a unique, creative menu. Our staff is friendly and knowledgable

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Griffin Gastropub East Aurora

634 Main Street, East Aurora, NY, United States
East Aurora New York 14052 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

72 beers on tap, a grand, old industrial building, long list of fine bar grub and even a childrens' menu. This place is a no brainer and a great addition

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Hughes Diner

129 Main St
Little Valley NY 14755 • $

Buffalo

Hughes Hotel is a Veteran Owned, and family operated bar/restaurant. Family friendly, and built on small town values. It is currently one of the oldest

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Kith & Kin Bakeshop and Bistro

5850 Transit Rd
Lockport NY 14094 • $$

Bakery

Buffalo

Kith & Kin Bakeshop & Bistro is committed to creating great tasting gluten free baked goods in a 100% gluten free environment. We are a full

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Lake Effect Diner

3165 Main St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: The sign on the clock above the door reads, 'A cool place to eat 24/7'. While the clock no longer keeps time, they aren't open 24/7, and there

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Last Run Tavern and Grill

9574 State Rd
Glenwood NY 14069 • $$

American

Buffalo

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LaVerdad Cafe Deli

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206
Buffalo New York 14206 • $$

BBQ

East Buffalo

Smokehouse, deli and the real deal in home cooking. Try the Mac 'n cheese. La Verdad Cafe is said to be Buffalo’s Best Smoked Bourbon

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Lucky Day Whiskey Bar

320 Pearl St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Lucky Day; a Whiskey Bar with whiskey happy foods.

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Mooney’s – West Seneca

1537, Union Road, Ebenezer
West Seneca New York 14224 • $$

American

South Buffalo

Bar

Mooney's Sports Bar $ Grill was started with two things in mind; families having a fun dining experience and giving our customers top quality food in HUGE

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Mooney’s Sport Bar & Grill – Transit

4545 Transit Rd
Harris Hill New York 14221 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service, Bar

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Mooney’s Sports Bar & Grill – Kenmore

1535 Military Rd.
Buffalo New York 14134 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here, you can expect good drinks, an awesome menu, and good times.

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Mooney’s Sports Bar $ Grill – Depew

4628 Broadway
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Come check out our brand new location on Broadway in Depew! Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here,

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Mooney’s Sports Bar $ Grill – Tonawanda

83 Niagara Street
Buffalo New York 14150 • $

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Site says: Mooney's was put together with one thing in mind - having a good time. When you come here, you can expect good drinks, an awesome menu, and

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Pegasus Restaurant

5748 South Park AVenue
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Welcome to Pegasus family restaurant, where value is a tradition. A place where food, delightful atmosphere, friendly service and reasonable price are

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Settler’s Family Restaurant

353 West Main
Batavia NY 10420 • $

American

Buffalo

Settler's is a family owned restaurant and has been catering to local residents and travelers alike for over 25 years. With a huge menu selection of

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Shango Bistro

3260 Main St.
Buffalo New York 14214 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Shango Bistro: Shango is one of my favorite restaurants in WNY. Simple, unassuming, comfortable with great food and a superior beer list.

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Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill

189 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

We are Sidelines Sports Bar $ Grill, where every day is game day! Do you need a bar that will offer not only great beer but also delicious food?

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Smoke, Fire, and Spice

10189 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031 • $

Buffalo

Opened in 1999, as Adventures in Heat, in 2015 we've become Smoke, Fire & Spice: your destination for grilling, smoking, spices, accessories, and

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Solidays

6935 Ward Road, Niagara Falls NY
Niagara County New York 14304 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Soliday's is a locally-owned $ operated restaurant. Our promise: to maintain above standard cuisine! Soliday's has perfected 'Bar Food'. But we know it

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Southern Junction

27 Chandler St
Buffalo New York 14207 • $$

BBQ

North Buffalo

Texish barbecue - aka Texas-style barbecue meets Indian cuisine influences.   READ: Southern Junction Puts A Twist On BBQ With Its 'Tex-Ish'

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STEELBOUND BREWERY & DISTILLERY

5873 US-219
Ellicottville New York 14731 • $$

American

Southern Tier

They will open will a full line of beer on tap, including BETA Juice and Last Minute IPA's, Double Dog Dare Ya DIPA, Fat Porter, Nutty Blond Blonde Ale

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Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar

2 Pine St
Lockport New York 14094 • $

Buffalo

At Stooges Stuffed Burger Bar, you'll enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal made to order with local ingredients. Our menu is inspired by our friends, our family

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The Burning Buffalo Bar & Grill

1504 Hertel Ave
Buffalo New York 14216 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

  A Word from The Burning Buffalo Our inspiration began with our name. The Burning Buffalo. Shortly after midnight on December 30, 1813, British

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The Cheesy Chick Cafe

5385 Main Street
Williamsville New York 14221 • $

American

North Towns

Classic comfort food immediately transmits adults back to their childhood with one bite. We've taken a classic food, and turned up the volume! The Cheesy

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The Delaware Pub $ Grill

3410 Delaware Ave
Tonawanda New York 14217 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: I'm going to begin this section with one word: go. I'll be honest in saying that The Delaware wasn't even on my radar until one day when we found

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The Place

229 Lexington Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Place is a family style restaurant reopened April 2016 with new style, new menu, same old neighborhood atmosphere.

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The Sterling (Tap $ Wurst)

1487 Hertel Ave
Buffalo New York 14216 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Sterling Tap $ Wurst: We've said it before and we'll say it again: we love Gastropubs. They let restaurants hone in on a few particular

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Winfield’s Pub

1213 Ridge Road
Blasdell New York 14218 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says: Winfield's Pub is one of our favorite restaurants in town. Friendly, unassuming, great service and great food. We send all our friends there. [separator

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WoodCock Brother’s Brewing – NT

North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory
North Tonawanda, New York 14120 • $$

American

Niagara County

Brewery

One crazy idea. Two brothers and their awesome wives. One old kick ass cold storage building in a historic town. And A LOT of good beer. That's us. Cheers.

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