Owensboro, KY is already home to an incredibly popular Burger Week. As a matter of fact, save this date!  Owensboro Burger Week is coming up March 3rd through the 11th this year.  But foodies are excited about something delicious that just got underway today.  It's Owensboro's Mac & Cheese Throwdown!


Nearly twenty restaurants and food trucks have signed on to participate in this inaugural event that's presented by Do Inc and the Owensboro Food and Beverage Coalition.

Here are the restaurants that are participating!


The restaurants rolled out their specialty Mac & Cheese dishes today!  And here's a look at what they're serving up (courtesy of Do Inc).

LUREStandard: Mac n Cheese Stuffed Chili over Chili Sauce $12, Gourmet: Lobster Mac n Cheese $26

LURE SMOKE SHACKStandard: Cheesy Spicy Boi – white cheddar smoked Mac n cheese with cheddar smoked sausage and candied jalapeños $12, Gourmet: Big Porker Mac – White Cheddar Smoked Mac n Cheese topped with Pulled Pork, Pork Belly Burnt Ends, Pork Rinds, Candied Jalapeños, and double sauced $18 •

MELLOW MUSHROOMStandard: Fun-KY Mac Penne noodles with our famous house made beer cheese, cheddar cheese, shredded chicken tossed in our house made BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and topped with chopped applewood smoked bacon. $12

J’S GOOD GRUBStandard: Dirty Mac N Cheese Waffle Bowl $12, Gourmet bowl $15

REAL HACIENDA (Frederica) – Chipotle Chicken Mac n Cheese $10

DEE’S DINERGourmet: Breakfast Mac n Cheese Bowl $14

SASSAFRASGourmet: BBQ Chicken Cheddar Mac: Creamy white cheddar Mac topped with smoked pulled chicken, house made bacon bits, smoked tomatoes, house BBQ sauce and green onion $17.99

NIKO’S BAKERY – Andouille & Onion Jack Mac Strata: Hill View Farm’s Andouille Sausage mixed with caramelized onions, Onion Jack Bechamel, sourdough & croissant croutons, egg, and macaroni. $12

CARNIVAL CAFE – Mac n cheese flavored boneless wings and fries $11.99

FAMOUS BISTRO – Cajun Mac, andouille on top of Mac and Cheese with a creole kick $18

LEGENDSStandard: Buff Mac, Creamy white mac and cheese topped with breaded chicken tossed in Legends buffalo sauce then topped with panko bread crumbs, shredded cheddar jack and scallions. $12

DON MARIO – Mexi-Mac n Cheese, Mac n cheese base topped with Mexican ground beef, corn, and peppers. $10

PEEZOS PIZZAStandard: Philly Mac $12

JORDY’SStandard: Lobster Mac $9, Gourmet: Seafood Mac $13

NIKO’S – Mac and cheese carbonara with shrimp $17.99

MCHENRY EVENTS – Buff Mac n Cheese **for pick up on Friday (2/10/23) at River Park Center, Text 270-313-3678 to preorder!

BRASHERS – Walking Chili Mac $6

BREW BRIDGEStandard: Buffalo Mac n Cheese

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According to the website WhatAreYouDoInc.com, the judges (and I am very excited to be one of them) will be choosing a winning dish from two different "leagues"- one for meals $13 and above and one for meals priced below $13.

The Mac & Cheese Throwdown will culminate Saturday evening (February 11th) at the RiverPark Center with The Owensboro Mac & Cheese Throwdown Live, which is set for 5pm in the Jody Berry Theatre. There, the "Most Gangsta Mac & Cheese" in Owensboro will be named and crowned.

For ticket access, more information about the event and a sneak preview Gangsta Grass (who will be performing inside Cannon Hall), CLICK HERE!


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