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Mac & Cheese Maven: Enjoying it Spicy with Wine at Corkbar in Downtown

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Southern Californians love their mac and cheese. There's a mac and cheese dedicated restaurant in downtown, there's a menu item at one eatery that relates it to drugs, some deep fry it balls and other shapes and we even put it in grilled cheeses.

Downtown has once again proved itself as a regional leader when it comes to mac and cheese. Whether you choose Pete's, the Redwood Bar & Grill, The Must, Mac & Cheeza or The Nickel Diner, you'll be in good hands. In LAist's latest taste testing, we're giving Corkbar our stamp of approval.

And that approval is not just for the mac and cheese but the wine bar itself, which is a great South Park alternative to those wanting something other than L.A. Live, just a few blocks away. Offering over 40 wines by the glass, along with a good number of artisanal beers, Corkbar gets its inspiration from wine tasting around California. It's sleek and modern rustic, yet very casual, design lends itself for a comfortable experience, whether you choose the bar, a table or the patio.

Regarding the mac and cheese -- baked on the outside, yet still creamy on the inside -- Corkbar has done this right. The cheddar and monterey jack mix perfectly compliments the pasilla chiles, which add a mildly spicy touch. In all, the pleasurable dish is consistent through out, from taste to texture.

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Other menu items include cheese boards, sandwhiches and salads -- many which are farmers market driven -- and main dishes like shrimp and grits.