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The Nook & mac 'n' cheese search

igj | Oct 28, 200401:17 PM

In today's LA Times, SIV's review of the Nook singles out the mac 'n' cheese as maybe the best she has ever had. High praise...

.and in my mind, undeserved. I went to the Nook on Tuesday and had a very good meal. I ordered the mac 'n' cheese side, which was a huge portion for $4. But, while tasty, it was much more one note than I like--heavy cheese and not much else. Maybe I am a snob because I enjoy taking several hours in my kitchen to make a bechamel sauce and then using that to make a creamy, mustardy mac 'n' cheese.

So, I've read discussions recently on Chowhound on where to get the best mac 'n' cheese in LA. What I am wondering is -- where do I find the best not-basic version??? I am looking for complexity here. I realize that may be anathema to folks who love their comfort food to be as they remember from childhood, but I'd like a bechamel base or some special combination of cheeses or some super ingredients added to the basic mix of pasta and milk fat or or or...

Any ideas?

Thanks.

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