Food & Drink

Fill up on the best mac 'n cheese in Dallas

Published On 02/19/2014 Published On 02/19/2014

Do you have the "blue box blues"? Have you been craving a delectably ooey, gooey bowl of noodles paired with a borderline irresponsible amount of cheese? Do you daydream of lounging by a pool of golden liquid cheddar on chairs made of elbow-shaped pasta? Wow, stop being weird! Mac 'n cheese is super easy to get, especially when you have this handy list of Dallas's best bowls. And skillets.

Jason Moore

Jack Mac’s Swill and Grill
North Dallas
Look, "Mac" is even in the name! Though oddly enough, penne is actually the pasta of choice for this North Dallas, almost-in-Plano watering hole. Sure, plenty of folks are drawn in by the fine 14-strong tap list, but the star of this show is a piping hot bowl of said pasta doused in a smoked Gouda-based sauce and topped with just the right dusting of breadcrumbs. 

Slow Bone

Slow Bone
Design District
With Slow Bone serving up some of the the best BBQ in Dallas, it’s hard for a side dish to stand out -- but the mac 'n cheese here manages to do just that. The diced green chiles give the crazy creamy mac just the right hit of heat. Want to get really crazy? Combine it with their chili for yet ANOTHER hit of heat, and you've got the delicious meat/cheese power duo that is the Chili Mac.

Hattie’s

Hattie’s
Bishop Arts
Hattie’s puts four different types of cheeses (pepper jack plus sharp, white, and smoked cheddar) in its standout, skillet-served Mac & Cheese. Much like in Captain Planet, when their powers combine, something truly beautiful happens. If you want to really take it up a notch, they do a Mac & Cheese Crusted Filet that pairs beautifully with... another side of Mac & Cheese.

Kacey Long

Chicken Scratch
Bishop Arts
Another Bishop Arts staple, Chicken Scratch not only has some of the best mac out there, they have one of the best places to eat it. Hop over to The Foundry for a drink and cozy up at a picnic table to indulge in some of their Green Chile & Hominy Mac N Cheese. Just like Slow Bone, the green chile does wonders for the flavor, and the hominy adds a surprisingly welcome change of pace when it comes to the texture.

Oddfellows

Oddfellows
Bishop Arts
Modest proposal: rename the Bishop Arts District the Mac 'N Cheese District. Oddfellows' rendition is a spectacularly creamy and tasty example of cheese artistry on its own, but, as a bonus, it comes topped with buffalo-drenched chicken tenders. From bite number one, you quickly realize this was a pair that was made to be together, like Romeo and Juliet, except nobody dies in this example. Well, the chickens do. And you might, eventually, if you eat too much. Still, the analogy holds.

The Porch

The Porch
Lower Greenville
The Porch stands out in a different way on its quest for the greatest mac 'n cheese of all time -- by serving the dish in casserole form. This baked delight comes with chunks of smoked ham thrown in the mix, along with a "what-have-I-gotten-myself-into" level of creamy béchemel sauce and plenty of Parmigianno-Reggiano. It's no surprise this particular dish has legions of devoted, often heavy fans. If you wish to join them, finish off your hearty meal with a slice of their warm butter cake.

Capital Grille

Capital Grille
Uptown
We don’t always suggest spending $17 on mac 'n cheese, but when we do, it comes from Capital Grille and it has lobster in it so the price tag becomes quite reasonable... Coming in a cast iron dish that could double as a life boat -- you know, if cast iron could float, whatever, shut up -- this stuff is pretty habit forming, so be careful unless you can afford a potentially debilitating steakhouse habit.

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1. Hattie's 418 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 (Bishop Arts Dist)

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 (Oak Cliff)

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 (Far North Dallas)

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 (Design District)

Potentially the best in Dallas, Slow Bone is a BBQ force to be reckoned with. They've got top-quality standards like their ribs and brisket, all alongside innovations like their Chili Mac (mac 'n cheese in chili!) or their Brisket Puppies (brisket inside a hushpuppy!).

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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 (Lower Greenville)

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)

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

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