When the blue box of noodles and powdered cheese just doesn’t cut it, satisfy your craving for a bowl of creamy, cheesy goodness at one of these local eateries. Sure, pre-packaged varieties work in a pinch, but if you’re looking for a saucy, Gouda adventure then read on. We’ve compiled the tastiest, kid friendliest, most parent approved mac and cheese in the DMV. Hungry yet?

Firefly

For the purist in all of us, Firefly offers a creamy, gooey, three cheese mac that even the pickiest of mini-foodies will devour. Little ones can choose their very own “The Giving Tree” from the menu, and score a salad, drink and baby shrimp to go along with their mac and cheese. Bonus? Fireflies features a “decorate your own cookie” to keep little one’s busy (they decorate during the appetizers, and it’s cooked during dinner) and motivated to finish their meal. Genius!
1310 New Hampshire Ave., NW (Dupont Circle)
Open: Mon-Fri, 7 am; Sat-Sun, 9 am
202-861-1310
Online: firefly-dc.com

Photo: Firefly via Facebook

Do you have a favorite spot to grab a bowl of mac and cheese? Dish in the Comments section below.

—Hilary Riedemann