Should You Spend $49 for Mac 'n' Cheese?

By Carissa Chesanek  |  July 2, 2014

In this week's Food Fight, we ask if exorbitant steakhouse mac 'n' cheese is really that much better than a $12 gastropub version.

Lobster Mac n' Cheese at Red, the Steakhouse ($49)


Mac Attack at Batch Gastropub ($12)

Round 1: Flavor
Red tricks out its four-cheese lobster dish with housemade mornay sauce (Tabasco, dry mustard and garlic flour) for a mind-blowingly rich flavor. Batch keeps things simple with gnocchi and aged Gruyère cheese. 
Winner: Red

Round 2: Add-Ons 
Red's comes chock-full of creamy, buttery lobster (hence the price tag), but Batch lets you customize your dish with options like pork belly, truffle oil, bacon or hanger steak. 
Winner: Batch 

Round 3: Cheese Levels
Batch has a nice aged Gruyère running the show, but Red's winning combo (Parmigiano-Reggiano, fontina val d’aosta, Pecorino Romano and raclette) makes the richest mac we've ever tasted. 
Winner: Red

Champion: Red proves that money can buy you happiness, or in this case, unbelievably decadent mac 'n' cheese.