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Mac & Cheese Fiend: Edendale Grill's Secret 3-Cheese Delight

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"After trying numerous mac and cheese recipes we finally came to what we think is the perfect mac and cheese, which is a combination of three cheeses, a secret cheese recipe I can't tell you," explains Edendale Grill owner Melanie Tusquellas over our table as we feast on the dish. "It's simple, easy and has no bread crumbs."

The 7-year-old Silver Lake establishment, which is in a 1924 restored fire station registered as a historic Los Angeles building, as a place where everyone can come together or "a community gathering place, the Cheers of Silver Lake," as Tusquellas describes. In fact, they have no television in the bar area because she wants people to converse and get to know each other, not zone out in quiet solitude as they munch and drink.

Since here at LAist we are always searching for the city's best mac and cheese, we dived into the $10 dish and came out satisfied, looking for more. The mix of the cheeses are so subtle, they create a rich but not overpowering flavor. It's light, creamy and because pasta shells are used, more cheese is held in every delicious bite. Since there are no bread crumbs (thank god), the texture is smooth with occasional crunchy small bites from the top layer of the baked cheese. Best of all, a good sized salad comes on the side that compliments the pasta extremely well.

The final word? Next time we're there, it will be ordered eaten again and again.

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