list updated as of October 28th, 2016

* vegetarian option

New Year. New Competition.

It's all going down on November 5th, 2016! Who will take THE GOLDEN NOODLE home and win bragging rights for 2016. 

Will Auntie Vee's or AMK Kitchen repeat their 2015 wins?

TWO GOLDEN NOODLE's will be awarded this year for the ultimate mac & cheese showdown.

Bookmark this page to stay updated on the latest restaurants added to the line-up. 

Check out our previous 2015 and 2014 competing restaurants!

Lunch Session (12pm-3:00pm)

Restaurant | Chef | Dish

10pin Bowling Lounge | Chef Javier Avalos | Shhh...it's a secret*

AMK Kitchen Bar | Chef Barry Smith | Gooey Creamy Mac  - 2015 Lunch GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER

Auntie Vee's | Chef Navena Moore | Shhh...it's a secret - 2015 Dinner GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER

Bar PastoralChef Jeff Parkin | Squash Mac & Cheese Taleggio, Podda, Butternut Squash, and Cavatappi Pasta

Blackwood BBQChef TBD | Shhh...it's a secret

Bridget McNeills | Chef TBD | BBQ Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Calzone & Macaroni Co. | Chef Nic Lindsey | Andouille Lobster Mac w/caramelized andouille, roasted lobster and asiago and white cheddar sauce

Carnivale | Chef Rodolfo Cuadros | Cheddar Mac & Cheese Ice Cream w/Brunkow aged cheddar Mac & Cheese ice cream, semolina waffle cone - 2015 Most Creative Dish Award

Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe | Chef Chuck Pine | Cajun Shrimp Mac Daddy

Creative Conecepts | Chef Turon Cummings & Chef Annin Stewart | Lasagna Mac & Cheese

Dimo's Pizza Chef Stephen Hofstad | The Single Dad

Famous Dave's BBQ | Chef Daniel Specht & Jeff Butler | Dave's Cheesy Jalapeno Mac & Cheese*

Fiesta Mexicana Restaurants | Chef Tania D'Agostino | Fiesta's Mac & Cheese

FRANK-LEE Delish | Chef Ellice Talbert | Buffalo Mac & Cheese w/spicy chicken in a creamy mac & cheese made with cheddar, gouda, mozzarella, parmesan and muenster

Gene & Georgetti's | Chef Luis Quiroz | Shhh...its' a secret

Goddess and Grocer | Chef Chris Hernandez | Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese w/Blue Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese with Crispy Onions and Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Hops & CurdsChef Micky Kearns | Hops & Curds Signature Mac & Cheese w/Mac & Cheese, Bacon & Peas 

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap Chef Nick Santanglo | "Walking Taco" Mac

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill | Chef Dion Solano | Jerk. Mac & Cheese

Kinzie Chophouse | Chef TBD | 4-Cheese Mac w/4 decadent gourmet cheeses over penne noodles topped with Pork Belly & Toasted Bread Crumbs 

Kitty O'Sheas at the Hilton Chicago | Chef Mario Garcia & Chef Erica McGhee | Shhh...it's a secret - 2014 GOLDEN NOODE WINNER & 2015 1st Runner-Up

Le Bouchon | Chef Oliver Poilevery | Return of the Mac

Louie's Chophouse | Chef Michael Vardikos | Bacon Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Mercadito Chicago | Chef Aldo Ayala | Poblano Mac and Cheese w/Roasted Poblano Sauce, Manchego Cheese, Mexican Bread Crumbs*

Mity Nice Bar & GrillChef John Chiakulas | French Onion Mac & Cheese

Morton's the Steakhouse | Executive Chef Tim Soldat | Bacon & Onion Mac and Cheese

N'awlins Edibles Catering & Personal Chef Services | Chef Cheryl Bowman | Cajun - Creole Delite

Nix's at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel | Chef Cliff Ostrowski | Desert Mac & Cheese w/Cavatappi pasta, Mascarpone cheese, Balsamic Macerated Strawberries, Basil Drizzle

Noodles & Company | Chef Mike Kinzig | BBQ Pork Mac

Old Town Pour House | Chef Paul Katz | Baked Truffle Mac & Cheese

Orso's Restaurant | Chef Victor Flores | Mama Orso's Carne Mac & Cheese w/creamy mac & cheese with short rib

Parker's Restaurant & Bar | Chef Patrick McLanghlin | Chicken Tinga, Founder's Centennial IPA Mac and Cheese w/Crispy Pork Belly, Tortilla Strips, Pico de Gallo and Cilantro

Passanante's Home Food Services | Chef TBD | Cheesy Macaroni & Beef Casserole

Pinstripes | Chef TBD | Loaded Mac & Cheese

Public House | Chef Jeremy Tannehill | The Fried Mac & Cheese Balls w/rotini pasta blended with bacon and an assortment of cheeses, fried and drizzled with a cheddar truffle sauce

Real Urban Barbeque | Chef Jeff Shapiro & Chef Dean Eliacostas | White Cheddar Mac and Cheese w/White Cheddar Mac and Cheese made with Campanelle Pasta topped with our famous Burnt Ends, savory cheddar crunch, and Real Urban's Original BBQ sauce -  2015 2nd Runner-Up

Redstone American Grill | Chef Chris Daley | Redstone Macaroni & Cheese w/Rich Decadent Classic Blend of Elbow Macaroni, Cheddar, American, and Grana Padana Cheeses

Rosebud Restaurants | Chef Fabio Capparelli, Moosah Reaumet, & Andrew Sikkelrus | Mac N' Cheese Arancini w/Carbonara cream sauce, sweet green peas, Milanese breading, braised bacon, elbow pasta

South Water Kitchen | Chef Roger Waysok | Cranberry Chipotle Mac n Cheese W/Crispy Chicken Skins

Taco in a Bag | Chef Gravy Brown & Chef Deep Dish Bertoletti | Mac Daddy*

The Cotton DuckChef Domini Zumpano | Shh...it's a secret

The Hampton Social | Chef Ryan Wombacher | Montauk Mac

The Monkey's PawChef Rah Shabazz | Lobster Mac & Cheese w/Lobster Cream Bechamel, Gruyere, and Bonito with Brown Butter Breadcrumbs

Whisk | Chef Ricardo Rodriguez | Poblano Mac and Cheese Topped Off w/BBQ Smoked Brisket

Wild Monk | Chef TBD | Shh...it's a secret

Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse | Chef Jonathan Suita | The Wise Owl Mac

Wood Fire Counter | Chef Kevin Whittier | NOLA Mac w/7 Cheese Blend w/ turkey andouille sausage and crawfish

Zed451 | Chef Nicholas Saponaro | Creamy Gouda Mac with Crunchy Cheddar Crackin w/Blended Gouda Cheeses in a rich creamy sauce with Fussili Pasta topped with Crunchy Cheddar Cracklins 

Dinner Session (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Restaurant | Chef | Dish

10pin Bowling Lounge | Chef Javier Avalos | Shhh...it's a secret*

III Forks | Chef Cedric Harden | Crispy mac and cheese w/ porkbelly, jalapenos and Carolina gold

676 Restaurant | Chef Anthony Herve | Truffle Mac & Cheese Bites w/deep fried black truffle Mc and cheese bite with black garlic dip

720 Bar at The Hilton Chicago | Chef Mario Garcia & Chef Robert McKenzie | Shhh...it's a secret

Amazing Edibles Catering | Chef Alexi Mandolini | Amazing Edibles Autumn Asiago Mac  w/creamy white mac, crispy fried brussels chips & a smoky chipotle-honey drizzle - 2015 1st Runner-Up

Auntie Vee's | Chef Navena Moore | Shhh...it's a secret - 2015 Dinner GOLDEN NOODLE WINNER

Bar PastoralChef Jeff Parkin | Squash Mac & Cheese Taleggio, Podda, Butternut Squash, and Cavatappi Pasta

Calzone & Macaroni Co. | Chef Nic Lindsey | Andouille Lobster Mac w/caramelized andouille, roasted lobster and asiago and white cheddar sauce

Chuck's Southern Comforts CafeChef Chuck Pine | Cajun Shrimp Mac Daddy

Chop Chicago | Chef Jovanis Bouargaub | Lobster Mac & Cheese

Cindy's at Chicago Athletic AssociationChef Christian Rogano & Chef Jove Hubbard | Mac & Cheese Cassoulet

Cobra Lounge Chef Jason Gilmore | Mac n Beer Cheese

Devon Seafood GrillChef TBD | Shhh...its a secret

Dimo's Pizza Chef Stephen Hofstad | The Single Dad

Famous Dave's BBQ | Chef Daniel Specht & Jeff Butler | Dave's Cheesy Jalapeno Mac & Cheese*

Fillini Bar & Restaurant at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel | Chef Caroline Kolaja | Blueberry Marscapone Mac & Cheese

FRANK-LEE Delish | Chef Ellice Talbert | Buffalo Mac & Cheese w/spicy chicken in a creamy mac & cheese made with cheddar, gouda, mozzarella, parmesan and muenster

Freestyle Food & Drink | Chef Geordan Stenson | Hook's Smoked Cheddar Mac and Cheese w/Macaroni, Hooks Smoked Cheddar Cheese, Toasted Bread crumbs and parsley*

Fremont Chicago | Chef Ryan Devitt | Fremont Mac n Cheese

For the Win Chicago | Chef Amanda Dobson | Chicharrones Macaroni w/Macaroni with a creamy pepper jack and white cheddar cheese sauce blended with Tasso ham and topped with salsa dust, crispy chicharron

Gene & Georgetti's | Chef Luis Quiroz | Shhh...its' a secret

Harvest RoomChef Jon Harootunian | Smoque Mac & Cheese

Il Tavolino | Chef Nathan Volz | Il Tavolino Mac & Cheese

Knife & Tine | Chef Paul Caravelli | Beer Cheese Mac with Beer cheese sauce, bacon, salted port caramel, and pretzel crumble - 2015 Best Presentation Award

Mago Grill & Cantina | Chef Ric Munoz & Chef Juan Gonzalez | Braised Short Rib & Poblano Mac

N'awlins Edibles Catering & Personal Chef Services | Chef Cheryl Bowman | Cajun - Creole Delite

Palace Grill ChicagoChef George Lemperis | Grilled Mac & Cheese w/ Bacon Sandwich w/bacon, bread, cheese sauce, and macaroni noodles

Passanante's Home Food Services | Chef TBD | Cheesy Macaroni & Beef Casserole

Pierrot Gourmet at the Peninsula Chicago | Chef Norman Hargove | Cornbread Mac & Cheese

Porkchop | Chef Luis Garcia | Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

Q-BBQ | Chef Michael LaPidus | Burnt Ends Mac and Cheese w/4 cheese mac and cheese with 24 hour smoked brisket burnt ends

Red DoorChef Troy Graves | Lamb Vindaloo Mac-n-Cheese 

Revolucion Steakhouse | Chef Ivan Roa and Chef Eduardo Hermenegildo | Macarrones Revolucionarios

Rudy's Bar and GrilleChef TBD | Shhh...it's a secret

State and Lake Chicago Tavern | Chef Nathan Sears | Smoked Brisket and Cheddar Mac n Cheese w/smoked brisket and cheddar mac n cheese braised peanuts, urfa chili mayo and finished with lime zest - 2015 Most Creative Dish Award

Sunda | Chef TBD | Szechuan mac and cheese with Szechuan mac and cheese with chow fun noodles, wagyu beef, water chestnuts, mushrooms and scallions

Sweet Lorraine's Fabulous Mac n' Cheez! | Chef Jeff Huh | Maple Syrup Bacon Cheddar w/maple syrup drizzled over applewood-smoked bacon

The DearbornChef Aaron Cushieri | Cavair Mac & Cheese

The Florentine | Chef Zachary Walrath |  Fried Mac & Cheese with porcini and smoked provola fregola arancini, with tuscan kale, black truffle and crispy oyster mushrooms

The Vig | Chef Matthew Denk | Pimento Mac and Cheese*

Washburne Culinary Institute | Chef Nicholas X. Daloia | The SSS: Spicy, Stuffed, and Saucy w/house made 3 cheese stuffed rigatoni w/ Asiago and vodka cheese sauce topped with crispy house made pancetta and fresh basil

Warren's Ale House | Chef Mark Downing | Jamaican Jerk Chicken Mac & Cheese

Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse | Chef Jonathan Suita | The Wise Owl Mac

and more....