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I would marry the macaroni and cheese at Hamilton Walker’s

A plate of Hamilton Walker's macaroni and cheese on a dark wooden table.
Alyssa Buckley

If you put Hamilton Walker’s macaroni and cheese in a Fork-Marry-Kill situation, I’m going to marry it every time. Always on the menu, it’s reliable, and it satisfies — truly, marriage material. The pasta shape is elbow maccheroni (nailed it), and the velvety cheese sauce clings to every noodle. As it cools, the sauce becomes thicker and gooier, each spoonful of carbs cheesier than the last. Though Hamilton Walker‘s macaroni can be topped with Parmesan bread crumbs, I like it without, so each bite is the same comforting, homogenous texture and taste that just hits.

The steakhouse side ($8) comes with a serving utensil for easy sharing — but sometimes I want to say to hell with table-manners, keep the whole bowl for myself, and use that big ole spoon to shovel the macaroni right into my mouth. At the end of dinner, if there’s any left (for shame, it’s delicious), don’t take it home to eat later; sadly, it doesn’t reheat well because the oil separates.

Champaign-Urbana has many macaroni and cheese options, and so let us know: what’s your one, true macaroni love? Drop a comment on our socials or send us an email.

Hamilton Walker’s
201 N Neil St
T-Th 4 to 8:30 p.m.
F+Sa 4 to 9 p.m.
Su 4 to 8:30 p.m.

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