1515 Restaurant & Lounge
1515 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA
While mac and cheese isn't their specialty, 1515 is still pretty noteworthy in my book. They're currently ranked in my top ten best Bay Area mac and cheese spots.
So what makes 1515 special? A combination of truffle oil, bacon/chicken add-on options, good breadcrumb/crispy cheese topping, all served in a HOT cast iron skillet. I definitely haven't had a mac and cheese that's served hotter than what you get at 1515. Why is this a good thing? The heat certainly brings out the flavors in the three cheese blend, add-ons, and truffle oil. Plus, who wants to eat luke warm mac and cheese? Not me.
|Crispy Cheese Topping|
The restaurant itself ranges from super packed on weekend evenings to open and quiet during the week, as is typical with a lot of downtown Walnut Creek restaurants. If the weather's nice, the outdoor patio is always great for people watching and soaking up the warm breeze.
That said, don't let that one criticism keep you away from trying 1515's version of this comfort food classic. Overall, it's pretty great and definitely one of my go-to's when I'm in the area and need a pasta fix.