Food & Drink

Fill up on the best mac 'n cheese in Dallas

Published On 02/19/2014 Published On 02/19/2014
Jason Moore
Slow Bone
Kacey Long
The Porch
Capital Grille
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1. Hattie's 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208

This upscale American bistro takes good ol’ fashioned down home-style cookin’ and low-country cuisine and makes it decidedly high class. With linen-colored walls, huge windows, a mix of antique and modern furniture styles, and colorful centerpieces, the atmosphere is as pleasantly bright and refreshing as the cuisine is rich and satisfying. While brunch is a big hit at Hattie’s, their lunch and dinner menu’s look just as enticing with options like Fried Green Tomatoes (no, Kathy Bates didn’t make them), Low Country Shrimp and Grits, and Bacon-wrapped, Jalapeño-stuffed Quail.Go for a classic cocktail or one with more of a southern kick like the Sweet Tea or Key Lime martinis.

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2. Oddfellows 316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208

The shockingly coherent vision of eight Oak Cliff friends/acquaintances (from an attorney to a PR ace to the chef behind Eno's), Oddfellows is a wildly creative neighborhood diner that offers something for everyone in an airy space where blonde, unvarnished wood abounds. Brunch waits can get rather lengthy at this Bishop Arts District staple, so get there early or grab a drink and people watch on their front patio and bar as you wait.

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3. Jack Mac's Swill & Grill 19009 Preston Rd , Dallas, TX 75252

If you're a fan of burgers, pizza, paninis, beer, or rhyming, you'll definitely come back to Jack Mac's.

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4. The Slow Bone 2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

There is no shortage of barbecue restaurants in Texas. You'd be hard-pressed to find one that hasn't been awarded some accolade for its tender and juicy burnt ends or fall-off-the-bone ribs. The Slow Bone is one among the masses, and is a Dallas-based force to be reckoned with. The brisket is tender and juicy, and the ribs do fall off the bone, but have you ever had golden, expertly fried chicken to accompany your rack of baby backs? The Slow Bone is known for its barbecue, yes, but don't leave without at least a bite of the fried chicken... you didn't wait in line to miss out.

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5. Chicken Scratch 2303 Pittman St., Dallas, TX

Chrises Jeffers & Zielke tapped Smoke's Tim Byers to build the menu for this rustic-modern, quick-service shack, where you can dine in, or get a to-go plate, then grab beer from the next-door Foundry and sit at one of their picnic tables while listening to live music. Either way, you'll gorge on fried or rotisserie chicken, mac 'n cheese, and from-scratch, daily changing frozen paletas.

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6. The Porch 2912 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

With a reputation for mac 'n cheese that precedes its name, The Porch dishes up classic and modern Southern cuisine to Lower Greenville patrons' delight.

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7. The Capital Grille 500 Crescent Ct, Dallas, TX 75201

Uptown's iteration of the classic steakhouse. Grab a giant hunk of beef and a side like their classed-up Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese.