New Years' resolutions be damned. It's really cold out there, and sometimes a little comfort food is far more healing than a juice detox. When comfort is calling, Food & Wine Magazine has a winter tip for Portlanders: head to Gabe Rucker's lovable bistro Little Bird for a piping hot dish of the eatery's signature Mac and Cheese. 

That's according to a recent list of the the Best Mac and Cheese in the U.S., where Rucker's downtown crowd-pleaser shares space with Beecher's Handmade Cheese (Seattle and NYC), Parkside (Austin), Publick House (Boston), and Table Fifty-Two (Chicago). 

So what's so special about Little Bird's mac? Aside from carrying the Rucker stamp of approval, the triple-cheese gratin is made with old-school elbow pasta, toasted breadcrumbs, chives, and a blend of Tillamook white cheddar, Emmi Gruyère, and a third rotating pick (anything from Rogue Creamery blue to tangy goat cheese). And at only $8 for a shareable portion, it's comforting for your dining out budget, too.

Do you agree with the coronation of Little Bird's take on the ultimate comfort dish? Where do you go for a mac and cheese fix in PDX? Tell me in the comments!

Little Bird
219 SW 6th Ave
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