100 Favorite Dishes: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe


As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

Today's hankerings for mac-and-cheese need not be sated by plain 'ol Kraft: all sorts of restaurant chefs make the dish with fancy cheeses, drizzle it with truffle oil, and bronze its panko-crusted top with a quick trip to the broiler. The Good Day Cafe, which specializes in such gussied up Americana, labels its mac & cheese "adults only"--something we kinda like, as it suggests a little differentiation between us and the tot in the high chair...but not so much that it requires whisking the little guy off the premises.

Classic, elbow-shaped noodles are fused together with a mix of melted cheddar, Fontina, and Gorgonzola cheeses, which cuts the richness with a little kiddo-stopping pungence. Little ones would probably do just fine with its bits of tomato, onion, and smoky bacon nubs, as well as its roasted garlic breadcrumb topping, but one thing Gen Z is going to need to learn is patience. We won't serve it to 'em until they're 18+.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi No. 99: Eclair at Butter No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French No 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog