Little Bird's Mac & Cheese Impresses Food & Wine

Gabe Rucker's take on the ultimate comfort food lands a spot on the national mag's list of the Best Mac and Cheese in the U.S.

By Allison Jones January 3, 2013

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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