• Did Someone Say Mac 'N Cheese?

    Time to warm up and as Cleveland's top thirty restaurants throw down for the ultimate title in comfort food. Three local celebrity judges and YOU will decide who ultimately gets the title of Cleveland’s “Best Mac 'n' Cheese” at The SMART Local 33 Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown going down on Saturday, February 23 at Public Hall in Cleveland, the ultimate comfort food festival, presented by Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) .


    The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown celebrates the rise of the Cleveland food scene, highlighting numerous Cleveland restaurants. The Mac 'n' Cheese Throwdown also is a fundraiser for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit.

  • Meet Your Competitors

    Featured Restaurants


    In the "Classic Mac" (Veg) Category:
    • Astoria Cafe - 4-Cheese Macaroni (Non-GMO)
    • Café Avalaun - Gluten Free Spaetzel with Cheesy Paprikash
    • Hatfield's Goode Grub - Jalapeno Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese
    • Luxe Kitchen & Lounge - Smoked Gouda Mac 'n' Cheese
    • Sara's Place - Gavi's Mac 'n' Cheese (Non-GMO)
    • Table 45 - French Onion Mac
    • The Break Room Café - 10 Cheese Mac
    • The Great Room at the Cleveland Marriott - Cajun Mac
    • The Morehouse - Smoked Gouda Mac 'n' Cheese
    • Yuzu - 100% Vegan Mac & Cheese (DF/V)
    In the "Modern Mac" Category:
    • Aramark-The Cleveland Clinic - Garlic Gouda Mac
    • Battery Park Pub - Fully Charged Mac 'n' Cheese
    • BRIM Kitchen + Brewery - Barbacoa Mac 'n' Cheese Croquette
    • Cocky's Food Truck - Pulled Pork Mac 'n' Cheese Bites
    • Grayton Road Tavern - Lobster Baker Macfield
    • Great Lakes Brewpub - Cajun Surf & Coffee Turf w/ American IPA
    • Landerhaven Executive Caterers - 3 Cheese Mac w/ 13 hr Cherry Smoked Brisket & Bourbon Coffee BBQ
    • Mad Mac's - Chicken Bacon Ranch
    • Matteo's - Italian Mac 'n' Cheese
    • OL'Chefskis BBQ - Pork 'N' Cheese
    • Pub Frato - Short Rib Mac 'n' Cheese
    • Punchbowl Social Club - Cheddar American Mac
    • Sol - Jambo Mac 'n' Cheese
    • The Burnham Restaurant -Surf and Turf Mac
    • The Metropolitan at the 9 - Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese Grilled Cheese
    • The Southside - Spiced Moroccan Short Rib Mac & Cheese
    • Tremont Taphouse - BBQ Brisket Mac
    • Two Bucks - Smoke'n a Bowl
    See our list of participants from 2018 here.

    Featuring Tito's VIP Bar

    Tito's Handmade Vodka

    Woodford Reserve Bourbon

    Jack Daniels Whiskey


    Drink Tickets (Cash/CC At The Door):

    $5 - Alcoholic Beverages

    $2 - Non-Alcoholic Beverages



    #MacDown Bar Menu

    Captain Morgan

    Jack Daniels

    Jim Beam

    Lillo Limoncello

    MANCAN Wine

    Rheingeist Brewing Co.

    Tito's Handmade Vodka


    PLUS Non-Alcoholic Options in both locations:

    Distillata Bottled Water

    Coke Products - Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite.

  • Judges

    Text to Vote!

    Judge #1

    Andrew Zelman

    Cleveland Scene Magazine


    Andrew Zelman is the Publisher of Cleveland Scene Magazine, now in it's 48th year covering arts, dining, music, culture and news in the Cleveland area. Zelman and his wife Shannon have a one year old son who loves Mac and Cheese.

    Judge #2

    Monica Robins
    WKYC-TV Sr. Health Correspondent

    Monica Robins is an Emmy award winning reporter well known as one of Northeast Ohio’s most reliable sources for health news. As Senior Health Correspondent, Monica has the ability to take even the most complicated medical procedure and make it understandable and relatable to viewers. Her stories are often broadcast nationally at other NBC and Tegna/Gannett stations.
    Whenever she can find spare time, Monica and her Great Pyrenees, Fergus, are certified by Therapy Dogs International and volunteer bringing emotional support to patients in local nursing homes.

    Judge #3

    Anthony Scolaro

    Executive Chef,

    Trio/111 Bistro

    For the past four years, Scolaro has been working to elevate the culinary scene in Medina, where he and his partners run the popular One Eleven Bistro (2736 Medina Rd., 330-952-1122). His goal when opening the business, he told me, was to bring a little taste of Cleveland to his hometown city. With Trio (2661 W. 14th St., 216-952-7035), a modern American bistro, the chef hopes to push his culinary game a little farther.

    People's Choice Judge


    Text to Vote! It's as easy as 1-2-3!
    1. Text MAC to 66866
    2. Click the survey link to vote for your choice for Best Mac!       
    3.  Click Submit!
    Voting opens when doors open and closes promptly at 3:00pm
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