October 21, 2019

All the Decadent Carbs You Can Eat at Cincinnati's Second-Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown

CityBeat's Mac & Cheese Throwdown returns to the Queen City this November. The cheesiest event of the year will take place at downtown's The Phoenix from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Local chefs will go head-to-head in a melty, cheesy smackdown competition pitting mac and cheese dish against mac and cheese dish to see whose creation reigns supreme. The event will host over 15 local mac and cheese slingin' restaurants including favorites like Eli's BBQ, Fiery Hen, Keystone's Mac Shack, MamaBear's Mac (the winner of 2018's throwdown), Lucius Q and Court Street Lobster Bar. Expect fun and flavorful creations like brisket mac and cheese, lobster mac and cheese, white truffle mac and cheese and more. Tickets cost $35 for general admission, which includes endless samples, drink tickets, live music and your chance to vote for the best mac. If you're looking for kick things up a notch, opt for the VIP ticket, which costs $50 and includes general admission perks, plus early entry (11:15 a.m.), a private bar, exclusive VIP vendors, additional drink ticket and some swag. Mac & Cheese Throwdown, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Nov. 2. The Phoenix, 812 Race St., Downtown.

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The 2019 Mac & Cheese Throwdown takes place 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix downtown. Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 VIP. 
2018's Mac & Cheese Throwdown // Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The 2019 Mac & Cheese Throwdown takes place 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix downtown. Tickets are $35 general admission and $50 VIP.
2018's Mac & Cheese Throwdown // Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Fiery Hen
Fiery Hen is bringing their brisket mac and cheese, which is dusted with a dry rub and mixed with a 15-hour smoked brisket.
Photo: Provided by Fiery Hen

Fiery Hen

Fiery Hen is bringing their brisket mac and cheese, which is dusted with a dry rub and mixed with a 15-hour smoked brisket.
Photo: Provided by Fiery Hen
Flipside
Flipside is bringing a three-cheese blend mac topped with a 13-hour smoked barbecue beef brisket.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Flipside

Flipside is bringing a three-cheese blend mac topped with a 13-hour smoked barbecue beef brisket.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Bones Brothers Wings
Bones is bringing their signature mac, with a secret blend of cheeses and seasoning, as well as their Nacho Mac — the signature baked mac topped with "a splash of Bones Brothers Wings Original handcrafted sauce, a garnish of green onion and baked cheese chips."
Photo: Provided by Bones Brothers

Bones Brothers Wings

Bones is bringing their signature mac, with a secret blend of cheeses and seasoning, as well as their Nacho Mac — the signature baked mac topped with "a splash of Bones Brothers Wings Original handcrafted sauce, a garnish of green onion and baked cheese chips."
Photo: Provided by Bones Brothers
Tom + Chee
If you're sick of straight-up mac, Tom + Chee is bringing a mac and cheese sandwich. Yes. A smoky five-cheese mac and cheese is topped with applewood smoked bacon, crispy onions and sweet barbecue sauce and sandwiched between two slices of hearty white bread.
Photo: Provided by Tom + Chee

Tom + Chee

If you're sick of straight-up mac, Tom + Chee is bringing a mac and cheese sandwich. Yes. A smoky five-cheese mac and cheese is topped with applewood smoked bacon, crispy onions and sweet barbecue sauce and sandwiched between two slices of hearty white bread.
Photo: Provided by Tom + Chee
MamaBear's Mac
2018's throwdown winner MamaBear's is back! See if they can keep last year's title.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

MamaBear's Mac

2018's throwdown winner MamaBear's is back! See if they can keep last year's title.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Flipdaddy's
Flipdaddy's Mac Daddy sandwich features grilled macaroni and cheese, filled with bacon and situated on top of a beef patty, slathered with aioli and served on a pretzel bun.
Photo: Provided by Flipdaddy's

Flipdaddy's

Flipdaddy's Mac Daddy sandwich features grilled macaroni and cheese, filled with bacon and situated on top of a beef patty, slathered with aioli and served on a pretzel bun.
Photo: Provided by Flipdaddy's
Joella's Hot Chicken
Photo: Joella's Facebook

Joella's Hot Chicken


Photo: Joella's Facebook
Keystone Bar & Grill
Photo: Provided by Keystone

Keystone Bar & Grill


Photo: Provided by Keystone
Eighteen at the Radisson
Sample Eighteen's lobster mac and cheese made with lobster, fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked gouda, provolone and mozzarella and topped with parmesan bread crumbs.
Photo: Provided by Eighteen

Eighteen at the Radisson

Sample Eighteen's lobster mac and cheese made with lobster, fire-roasted tomatoes, smoked gouda, provolone and mozzarella and topped with parmesan bread crumbs.
Photo: Provided by Eighteen