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Think outside the box at Golden Beetle's Mac and Cheese Mondays


Macaroni and cheese arguably wears the crown among comfort foods. Fast, filling and crowd-pleasing, it has long been a champion of busy parents looking to keep little tummies happy, but there’s so much more to it than what’s found inside the little blue box.

Seattle chef Maria Hines decided to take it to the next level by creating the ultimate mac-and-cheese experience at her Ballard restaurant Golden Beetle. The James Beard award-winning chef says, “I started Build Your Own Mac and Cheese Mondays because it’s a comfort food we all love.”

Hines is passionate about using seasonal, local Northwestern ingredients, and all three of her restaurants are certified 100 percent organic. Golden Beetle blends the chef’s Northwestern sensibilities with an eastern Mediterranean flair, creating bold but accessible flavors.

Photo: joshua huston

Hines is also passionate about her community, saying, “I wanted to do something that felt like a fun neighborhood event. We have lots of families in Ballard, including my own, and I wanted to have something that the whole family would enjoy.”

Every Monday, Golden Beetle offers an opportunity to build your own mac and cheese for $12, tailored to your family’s individual tastes. Everything about the dish is customizable, making it perfect for vegetarian or gluten-free diners.

Does your child enjoy a classic creamy béchamel with white cheddar, or smoked Gouda with roasted garlic? The individual portions ensure that everyone is happy. There are also a number of add-ons available for a small additional fee to really take your meal to the next level.

Kids go nuts for the Skagit River Ranch crispy bacon, and the caramelized cauliflower is another standout.

For those who want to veer from the mac-and-cheese experience, the regular menu is also available, including delicious meatballs, za’atar French fries or an over-the-top burger, making sure that everyone at the table is catered to. So next time you have a case of the Mondays, head to Golden Beetle and let Chef Hines take care of your family dinner on the day that she says “cooking at home feels the hardest.”

1744 NW Market St 


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