Let’s face it; chips and dip are something that most of us can get on board with. So what if you want a way to spice up your chip game and send your taste buds on a wild adventure? Look no further. Sriracha Doritos are coming this fall.
Making The Announcement
Many scrolling through Instagram in July had to do a double-take when they saw this bag of Doritos. Why? This is like nothing any of us have seen before. They are Doritos, but they’re Screamin’ Sriracha flavor. Don’t adjust your screens. Your dreams really could have just come true.
Creating The Flavor
So what is sriracha? For those who already cover everything and anything in the sauce, it needs no explanation. For those of you who are new to the spice scene, it’s a type of hot sauce made with chilis that comes with an unforgettable garlic hint.
Feeling The Hype
It wasn’t long before people from across the nation were on the edge of their seats. After all, Screamin’ Sriracha is set to inject the spice that many of us crave in our lives. Many fans of the flavor can’t wait to see how garlic and seasoning come together on a fan favorite chip.
Sadly, not everyone was on board with Doritos’ Flamin’ Hot flavor. They were promised spice and incredible taste, but many felt it lacked the punch in the taste buds that they were after. This time, it’s a different story with many people already counting down the minutes until they have a bag of Sriracha Doritos in their hands.
The best bit? We only have to wait until fall as it looks as though Doritos is set to release this new flavor across the U.S. in October 2019. That’s right; it might not be long before all of your spice dreams come true.
The Best Mac and Cheese in Each State
Gooey, cheesy goodness! What’s better than a hot plate of pasta covered in cheese? For most, not much, and that’s probably why macaroni and cheese is such a popular dish. There are multiple varieties. No matter how you slice it, this dish is a comfort food for millions. But, each state puts its own twist on it, and that’s why we thought it would be fun to look at the best mac and cheese in each state. So, if you love this dish as much as we do, keep reading and take a culinary tour through the US.
Alabama (Montgomery) — Mrs. B’s Home Cooking
There are a lot of restaurants in Alabama that offer fine variations of mac-n-cheese. There are tons of soul food places along with barbecue joints that will never run out of the pasta dish. But, if you’re looking for the best in the state, that has to be found in Montgomery.
If you’re in this fantastic city, make sure to swing by Mrs. B’s Home Cooking and take a taste of the simple yet delicious mac-n-cheese.
Alaska (Anchorage) — Ginger
When you’re up north in the cold weather of the beautiful Alaskan countryside, you may have a hankering for some mac-n-cheese. This cheese dish can warm your stomach just like a good bowl of soup. If you’re looking for the most talked-about option, you need to head to Anchorage and try the Ginger dish.
The mac-n-cheese at this restaurant is a gourmet option that has beautiful pacific scallops as the star. Combine that with a basil pine nut crust and three cheeses, and you have the base for an amazing fish. Then to add a little more to it, the chef tops it with truffle oil and basil.
Arizona (Phoenix) — Bobby Q
If you’re looking for a pure mac-n-cheese and you happen to be passing through Phoenix, then you should stop and have the best mac-n-cheese in Arizona. As a vital part of any BBQ, this dish can be complicated or simple.
Sometimes simple is the best, like the mac-n-cheese at Bobby Q’s. Since the establishment serves a nice hickory-smoked Tennessee-style BBQ, the no-frills mac-n-cheese is perfect. Is that your stomach growling, I hear?
Arkansas (Johnson) — Wright’s Barbecue
As we’ve said before, the dish is perfect for that juicy, rich, and fatty American BBQ. No matter what style you are enjoying, many of the best mac-n-cheese will be found at these restaurants.
If you’re in the Midwest and happen to spend any time in Arkansas, then you need to visit Johnson, Arkansas. When you make it to that city, head over to Wright’s Barbecue and order yourself a brisket sandwich with a big helping of those delicious cheesy noodles.
California (LA) — Sweet Blessings by Cyler LLC
California is a hotbed of culinary options. With so many great cities, the cuisine is diverse and inventive. But, sometimes the simplest option is the most delicious. This is most true when you’re looking for a good mac-n-cheese.
With so many selections, it may seem hard to choose, but it really isn’t. The best mac-n-cheese is in LA and at a restaurant called Sweet Blessings. They have multiple options, and they’re all good, so there’s really no way you can go wrong.
Colorado (Indian Hills) — Mac Nation Cafe
If you open a restaurant named Mac Nation Cafe, you better have some fantastic mac-n-cheese options up your sleeve. This restaurant is true to its advertising and offers a multitude of great mac-n-cheese options.
So, if you find yourself in or around Indian Hills, you should definitely stop and check it out. But, don’t just choose one! They have a great option called a mac-n-cheese flight. This is the way to go as you get to try not one but three different options! Score!
Connecticut (New Haven) — Sandra’s Next Generation
Mac-n-cheese is a staple of soul food restaurants across the nation. Each restaurant or home has its own spin, and that’s why even though the dish is simple, it can be pretty complex too. There’s nothing like a big scoop of the cheesy goodness next to fried catfish or chicken with some greens.
That’s what you’ll get when you head over to eat the best mac-n-cheese in Connecticut. This is found in New Haven at a little place called Sandra’s Next Generation.
Delaware (Rehoboth Beach) — Henlopen City Oyster House
It used to be that the only place you found mac-n-cheese was at that soul food or BBQ restaurant (or in the kitchen of many homes), but that has changed over the last decade. In fact, you can find variations in upscale restaurants and even seafood joints.
In Delaware, this is actually where you’ll find our choice for the best mac-n-cheese in this state. Over at Rehoboth Beach, there’s a seafood restaurant called Henlopen City Oyster House.
Florida (Miami) — Sweet Dogs
There’s so much more to mac-n-cheese than meets the eye. That’s why restaurants and chefs have begun to get a little creative with the dish. Sometimes you want to try something different. If that’s what you’re after and you happen to be in Miami, Florida, you should head over to Sweet Dogs.
Here you can order mac-n-cheese as a side, or you can be daring and try the scrumptious food on a hot dog — your choice. No matter what, though, you’ll be eating the best mac-n-cheese in Florida.
Georgia (Savannah) — The Ordinary Pub
Georgia is one of the culinary centers of soul food and good old fashioned southern food. This inevitably means whole heaping piles of some good mac-n-cheese. Finding the best in the state might seem like a futile task, but we found it (or at least what we think is the best).
Head over to Savannah and take a seat at a table in The Ordinary Pub. Don’t worry, their mac-n-cheese is definitely not ordinary.
Hawaii (Kula) — Kula Bistro
Mac-n-cheese and seafood seem to be another of the most favorite combinations of the culinary world. So, it’s no wonder that in the great island state of Hawaii, this is the variation that stands out.
In Kula, this combination makes its appearance an appetizer. Though it’s a smaller portion, the mac-n-cheese at Kula Bistro is by far the best. Baked with delicious fresh lobster, it’s indulgent and delicious.
Idaho (Coeur d’Alene) — Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese
When you think of Idaho, most people go straight for the potato. And sure — that starch is a key factor in the state’s culinary landscape, but so is mac-n-cheese. The best mac-n-cheese in the state comes from a restaurant that knows a little about cheese, Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese.
This restaurant is located in Coeur d’Alene and offers delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. But, they also offer amazing mac-n-cheese that you can get as a side with your gourmet grilled cheese.
Illinois (Chicago) — Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf
Steakhouses in Chicago are some of the best in the Midwest, and along with steak, what goes better than some cheesy noodles? In Illinois, the best mac-n-cheese can be found in the windy city at a restaurant called Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf.
Taking the traditional recipe and turning it on its head, this restaurant uses white cheddar and then drizzles a little truffle oil on top as a finishing touch.
Indiana (Indianapolis) — The Eagle
Indianapolis may be famous for that big car race every year, but it also has a pretty good food scene. So, it’s no wonder that there are a few options in that great city for mac-n-cheese. But, in a lot of people’s minds, the best has to be found at The Eagle.
This mac-n-cheese is topped with delicious bread crumbs and broiled to get a nice brown crispy top. Sounds so delicious, right? So, if you find yourself in Indianapolis, make sure to swing by and order one of these delectable dishes.
Iowa (Des Moines) — Cheese Bar
If your road trip has you end up in the Hawkeye state of Iowa, you won’t lack for great culinary options at all. Known for their pork, it’s no wonder that they have some great mac-n-cheese, too.
The two culinary offerings pair well together, but if you’re more interested in finding the best mac-n-cheese, then you will need to make sure to swing through Des Moines. Sit down at the Cheese Bar and order their three-cheese mac-n-cheese. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.
Kansas (Kansas City) — Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
There are many different types of BBQ, and one of these just happens to be for the great state of Kansas. With that said, we can only assume that the state also has some stellar mac-n-cheese.
But, the best by far can be found in the home of the BBQ style Kansas City. In particular, order yourself a helping of this cheesy dish at the infamous Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.
Kentucky (Louisville) — Hammerheads
Sometimes you have to think outside of the box to stand out, especially with a dish that’s such a staple of American cuisine. Luckily in the Bluegrass State, there are chefs and culinary innovators that do just that.
But even with innovation, if you don’t start with a good base, you won’t get far. Luckily over in Louisville at Hammerheads, they knew this. That’s why their gooey mac-n-cheese balls made this list.
Louisiana (New Orleans) — Sweet Soulfood
Okay, Louisiana is in the thick of it when it comes to good soul food. So, it’s no surprise that when you talk about mac-n-cheese, there will be some good contenders. From classic to more modern takes, there are a lot of mac-n-cheese variations to look at while in Louisiana.
But, there can only be one best — which is going to be in New Orleans at a little place called Sweet Soulfood. If you’re down in the bayou, make sure to swing by and try this delicious dish.
Maine (Portland) — Five Fifty-Five
The northeast of the US is known for different types of seafood, and in Maine, the most popular of these is lobster. So, what better to serve with some fresh succulent seafood like this king of the ocean than some delicious cheesy noodles?
The best of this combination comes from Five Fifty-Five in Portland, Maine. Their take on this dish uses an artisanal blend of cheese, black truffles, and just a touch of truffle oil. This is then topped with butter-poached lobster. YUM!
Maryland (Baltimore) — Thames Street Oyster House
Moving down the coast from Maine, you may eventually find yourself in Maryland. There you’ll also find some amazing seafood, along with some pretty darn good mac-n-cheese. If you end up in Baltimore, make sure you stop and taste the best mac-n-cheese in Maryland.
This can be found at the Thames Street Oyster house. This mac-n-cheese is considered an appetizer and is crafted with a gouda cheese sauce, twisty macaroni noodles, and just a bit of lobster.
Massachusetts (Worcester) — Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant
If you don’t eat meat, you may find yourself a connoisseur of mac-n-cheese. But, there are few places that make the dish the star of the show like the Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In the whole state, this is definitely the best mac-n-cheese. The dish is part of a rotating menu, but you really won’t care once you try the mac-n-cheese.
Michigan (Clarkston) — Union Woodshop
Fancy mac-n-cheese is nice, but sometimes all you want is the classic cheese and noodles. If this is what you’re looking for and you happen to be passing through Michigan, make sure to swing up to the delightful city of Clarkson.
Here you will find the best mac-n-cheese in Michigan at the traditional barbecue joint called Union Woodshop. The dish isn’t a main dish, but even still, it’s by far the best.
Minnesota (Minneapolis) — Revival
Mac-n-cheese is on many menus across the US, but there are just a few that feel they can name their offering as “mac-n-cheese heaven!” If you’re in Minneapolis, there’s a place that has dubbed their version with this moniker.
If you want to go to “mac-n-cheese heaven,” then you’ll have to stop by a restaurant called Revival. This version is broiled and topped with tasty bread crumbs.
Mississippi (Jackson) — Bully’s Restaurant
If you head into a soul food restaurant, and there are things like oxtail on the menu, you’re sure to be getting some authentic and tasty culinary treats. This will definitely include some gooey and from scratch mac-n-cheese.
In Mississippi, this means pulling through Jackson and hitting up Bully’s Restaurant. There are no frills here — just some good old fashioned mac-n-cheese served with some soul food staples like collards and fried chicken.
Missouri (Kansas City) — Q39 (Midtown)
Taking a little trip through the Midwest may lead you to Missouri, and that’ll be a great pitstop if you’re looking for delicious yet simple mac-n-cheese. Of course, that means you have to head over to Kansas City and check out the mac-n-cheese at Q39.
Try the midtown location — order yourself up some BBQ chicken and a healthy helping of the best mac-n-cheese in Missouri on the side. It’s one of the local’s favorites, and for good reason. After all, it’s gooey and cheesy perfection.
Montana (Kalispell) — The Desoto Grill
Cheese and bacon mixed up with some perfectly cooked noodles — doesn’t that sound delicious? It does, and it is, but so few make the pairing that when you find it, that restaurant has to be a contender for the best mac-n-cheese.
That means that when in Montana, head down to The Desoto Grill. Their mac-n-cheese is a rich mac-n-cheese topped with crispy bacon. Needless to say, this dish fits right in with their very meat-centric menu.
Nebraska (Omaha) — Modern Love
Veganism has become a much more prevalent way of life in the US. But, just because you can’t have dairy doesn’t mean that you have to give up mac-n-cheese all together. In fact, it just means you have to get a little more creative. Nebraska’s best mac-n-cheese actually falls into this category.
When in Omaha, even if you’re not a vegan, you should head over to Modern Love and try their version of this classic dish. They toss their noodles in a red pepper cashew cheese and add crusted tofu, roasted cauliflower, kale, and pecans. There’s so much flavor that you might even forget that you’re eating a vegan dish.
Nevada (Boulder City) — Fox Smokehouse BBQ
Okay, so when you head to Nevada, you’ll probably be hitting up the strip in fabulous Las Vegas. Now, most people probably assume this culinary playground is where you’d find Nevada’s best mac-n-cheese.
They would be wrong, although they aren’t far from the real winner of that title. Just about 45 minutes away in the small city of Boulder City, you will find a mac-n-cheese that’ll melt your heart and make you smile. So, if you’re in Vegas, drive on out to Fox Smokehouse BBQ and try their mac-n-cheese. There’s no doubt that it’ll be worth it.
New Hampshire (Manchester) — Mr. Mac’s
What better place to find the best mac-n-cheese in any state than a restaurant dedicated to the amazing dish? Well, when you’re in New Hampshire, you’ll be able to do that. In the beautiful city of Manchester, you can find a place called Mr. Mac’s.
This restaurant has a wide range of options to choose from, and truthfully you can’t go wrong with any of them. No matter what dish you end up going with, it’ll be delivered bubbling hot in an individual cast iron pan — and it’ll be deliciously mouthwatering.
New Jersey (East Newark) — Tops Diner
Diners are like mac-n-cheese; a staple in the US culinary scene. So, when the two meet — FIREWORKS! This is where you will find the best mac-n-cheese in New Jersey.
In East Newark, there is a place called Tops Diner, and they elevate the diner experience as well as their mac-n-cheese. When you order your mac-n-cheese, you get a large serving with little chunks of lobster. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.
New Mexico (Cloudcroft) — Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue
New Mexico may be known for its chilies and alleged alien landings but there’s so much more to this western state. This includes a pretty vibrant BBQ scene, and that’s where you’ll find this state’s best mac-n-cheese.
If you ever drive through Cloudcroft and you have a craving for cheesy goodness, then you’ll definitely need to stop off at Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue. The helpings are generous, so you may just get to take some home for a snack later.
New York (New Rochelle) — Pepe’s Place
New York is one of the biggest culinary meccas in the US, with tons of options and cuisines to choose from. Sometimes you just want to go simple and enjoy a good old fashioned American meal. This most likely will include mac-n-cheese.
But, though many may gravitate to NYC, the best mac-n-cheese in New York happens to be in New Rochelle. Over at Pepe’s Place, you can get an aged cheddar mac-n-cheese that’s simply to die for.
North Carolina (Wilmington) — The Fork ‘N’ Cork
Mac-n-cheese in a pan or on a plate are all traditional ways to serve this dish. However, in North Carolina, some places do things a little differently and serve you your mac-n-cheese in a big old bowl.
Sounds good right about now! If that’s what you’re after and you want to taste the best mac-n-cheese in North Carolina, make your way down to Wilmington where you’ll find a place called The Fork ‘N’ Cork.
North Dakota (Fargo) — Würst Bier Hall
There are just some cuisines that pop into your head when you’re thinking of mac-n-cheese, and we’re sure German isn’t usually one of them. But, don’t let this cuisine fool you. There’s one dish that is comparable to mac-n-cheese, and that’s spaetzle.
So, if you’re in Fargo and want to try a unique twist on mac-n-cheese — and the best mac-n-cheese in the state — make sure to check out Würst Bier Hall. They take the traditional German dish and bathe the noodles in a white cheese, which makes for a mouthwatering variation on this classic.
Ohio (Cincinnati) — The Eagle
Though not in the south, The Eagle in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on this regional cuisine and does so very well. That’s why if you’re in the Buckeye State, you should stop in and try their take on mac-n-cheese.
They use five different kinds of cheese and then top it with garlic breadcrumbs. All this is then finished off in the broiler, so the dish ends up with a beautifully crisp top. The taste is seriously unbeatable.
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) — The Loaded Bowl
Oklahoma may not be the state that comes to mind when you think of top-notch vegan cuisine, but it might surprise you. It may also surprise you that the best mac-n-cheese in this state is from one of the many vegan restaurants.
The Loaded Bowl in Oklahoma City has a wide variety of mac-n-cheese options to choose from. Try the “Down Home Bowl” and have your tastebuds blown. Plus, the food is all environmentally conscious, so you can feel good as you chow down on this delicious mac-n-cheese.
Oregon (Portland) — Screen Door
Oregon is a beautiful state with tons of stunning landscapes to take in. It also has a very good food scene, offering many options to choose from. If you’re in the market for some good homecooked southern food, then you should check out Screen Door in Portland.
This place also sports the best mac-n-cheese in the state — a mac-n-cheese that uses five different types of cheese and then is topped with more cheese before being broiled to perfection. There’s just no contest. It’s delicious and very simply put, the best in Oregon.
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) — Barclay Prime
Mac-n-cheese is great, but sometimes you want a little something extra from it. That’s when you head out to find an elevated option, and if you’re in Philly, there’s no better place to do that then Barclay Prime.
Their mac-n-cheese is the best in the state for sure. Not only do you get a rich, velvety bowl of mac-n-cheese, but then it’s also mixed in with truffles. Plus, their serving sizes aren’t small either.
Rhode Island (Newport) — Winner Winner
When visiting Rhode Island, if you get an urge to taste delectable mac-n-cheese with some stellar fried chicken, there’s only one place that we think you should try. Up in Newport, there’s a restaurant called Winner Winner, and their mac-n-cheese is just that.
It’s simple, but oh so good. Topped with breadcrumbs and crafted with white cheese, you’ll easily finish the best mac-n-cheese in Rhode Island if you stop in.
South Carolina (Charleston) — Halls Chophouse
There are a lot of great restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, and many of them specialize in the regional cuisine of the south. On top of this, many of these fine dining establishments take advantage of the access to fresh seafood the city affords them.
That’s why, when looking for the best mac-n-cheese in the state, you have a lot of options. However, the lobster mac-n-cheese at Halls Chophouse wins the title hands down.
South Dakota (Rapid City) — Murphy’s Pub
Mac-n-cheese can be the main entrée nowadays. Gone are the days when you have to leave this delicious treat aside. That being said, if you want to enjoy a delicious entrée of mac-n-cheese and you are in Rapid City, make sure to find Murphy’s Pub.
This pub has the best mac-n-cheese in the state. Crafted with a mix of bleu, parmesan, ac, and cheddar — and then mixed into corkscrew pasta — this pasta brings the flavor.
Tennessee (Nashville) — Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Melrose
If you’re familiar with Nashville cuisine, then we can only assume that you’ve heard of Nashville Hot Chicken. It’s delicious and spicy and the perfect complement to a bowl of nice cheese mac-n-cheese. It’s not a big surprise that the best mac-n-cheese in the state can be found in the city because of this.
If you’re looking for this, then you’ll need to take a seat at Hattie B’s and try their pimento mac-n-cheese.
Texas (Dallas) — Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill
BBQ is a way of life in Texas and so you might think that the best mac-n-cheese would be found in one of the thousands of BBQ joints, but that would be a mistake. The best mac-n-cheese in the state can be found at an upscale place called Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill in Dallas.
The chefs in the kitchen of this restaurant do their mac-n-cheese a little differently. They use a smoked gouda and add in truffle oil, as well as cured ham. It gives the dish a ton of flavor.
Utah (Draper) — Sauce Boss Southern Kitchen
Typically at BBQ places, the mac-n-cheese stays pretty simple, but that isn’t the case when you sit down for this scrumptious side at Sauce Boss Southern Kitchen in Draper, Utah. Just a short drive from the center of Salt Lake City, you’ll be treated to the state’s best mac-n-cheese.
There are multiple options, but “The Big Cheddar” is the one we suggest. It’s packed with cheese as well as shrimp and bacon. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Vermont (Brattleboro) — The Vermont Country Deli
When you’re done with all the gourmet mac-n-cheese, you might just want to go back to the tried and true variation. Sometimes simple is just the way to go, and that’s the motto of The Vermont Country Deli in Brattleboro.
Simple yet cheesy, this dish uses that classic Vermont cheddar to set itself apart from other options in the state. As soon as you spot the golden and crispy top, you’ll know you’re in for something good.
Virginia (Virginia Beach) — Repeal Bourbons and Burgers
No visit to Virginia is complete without a pitstop in Virginia Beach. No matter the season, this city is stunning and chock full of excellent restaurants. Maybe you feel like a good old burger. Well, then, Repeal Bourbons and Burgers is a great place to stop.
They also just so happen to be the home of the state’s best mac-n-cheese. Their recipe adds a little something special with a garlic-infused cheese sauce.
Washington (Seattle) — Wood Shop BBQ
If you travel through Washington state, you’ll probably spend a little time in Seattle. When you’re there, we suggest you stop by Wood Shop BBQ and try some of their delicious barbecues — and don’t forget to order their mac-n-cheese, too.
You can get the dish served traditionally, but if you’re feeling wild, order their mac-n-cheese balls. Whichever you end up choosing, just remember that you’re eating the best mac-n-cheese in the state.
West Virginia (Charleston) — Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill
Back-to-basics — that’s what you’ll be getting if you order the mac-n-cheese at Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill in Charleston, West Virginia. But, that doesn’t mean that the mac-n-cheese lacks in flavor. In fact, it pairs really well with the rest of the menu and it might just be the thing you remember most.
That’s why it has been dubbed the best mac-n-cheese in the state. Delivered in a bowl alongside saucy BBQ, this cheesy dish has the perfect ratio of crunchy to gooey.
Wisconsin (Wisconsin Dells) — Macaroni and Cheese Shop
Cheese is life in Wisconsin, and therefore it may be difficult to see the forest through the cheese, so to speak. However, we think we’ve found the map to the best mac-n-cheese in the state, and it’s in the beautiful city of Wisconsin Dells.
The spot is called Macaroni and Cheese Sho and it certainly won’t disappoint! In fact, none of the wide range of options will leave you wishing you had gone somewhere else to alleviate that mac-n-cheese craving.
Wyoming (Laramie) — Sweet Melissa’s
If you want mac-n-cheese but just aren’t sure if you want to go traditional or spice it up a bit, then Sweet Melissa’s in Laramie, Wyoming, is a fine choice for your dining needs. This Wyoming restaurant has a mac-n-cheese for everyone, including your vegan friends.
The menu options make this place the go-to spot, not to mention that it serves the best mac-n-cheese in the state. So, if you happen to be in Laramie, make sure to stop in once or twice — or maybe three times.