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8 Gourmet Mac 'n' Cheese Dishes in Dallas

By Farah Fleurima
April 22, 2014

While warmer temperatures are regaling us to springtime sensations and the ushering in of lighter dining here in Big D, we say a hearty, comforting dish like macaroni 'n' cheese never goes out of style. Here are some thoughtfully tweaked plays on that childhood favorite, now with gourmet touches.

  • Smoked-Ham Mac 'n' Cheese Casserole at The Porch

    Why It’s Special: Did we say bacon makes everything better? ALL parts of the pig do, in fact, and not only are chunks of ham tossed in the cheesy mix here, but a hefty helping of toasted breadcrumbs on top gives this dish that casserole feel.
    Best Paired With: House-smoked brisket sliders - both are perfect dishes for sharing.
    Cost: $10

    2912 Henderson Ave.; 214-828-2916

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    Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese at Nick & Sam’s

    Why It’s Special: The abundant chunks of sweet lobster make this a particularly luxurious dish.
    Best Paired With: The prime-aged, 48-oz. porterhouse, to keep with the luxury theme. If you want to take more of a comfort-food route, try Sam’s whole-roasted chicken.
    Cost: $15

    3008 Maple Ave.; 214-871-7444

  • Deep-Dish Mac 'n' Cheese at Hibiscus

    Why It’s Special: The must-have dish at the Henderson Avenue restaurant is an unforgettably rich treat with the perfect sauce-to-noodle ratio. It achieves the perfect balance of being abundantly saucy without leaning into soupy, and it's plenty cheesy.
    Best Paired With: The Wagyu bone-in strip, with arugula, Parmigiano-Reggiano and lemon.
    Cost: $8

    2927 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-827-2927

  • Truffle and Mushroom Mac 'n' Cheese at Barter

    Why It’s Special: Because truffles. Oh, and the inclusion of the hen-of-the-woods mushroom, which isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill fungus.
    Best Paired With: We know it sounds like quite the carb load, but trust us, we enjoyed this mightily alongside the saucy poutine.
    Cost: $16

    3232 McKinney Ave.; 214-969-6898

  • Jalapeño Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese at Dish

    Why It’s Special: Not just for the juicy chicken cubes, not simply for the hit of spice from the peppers, but because the fried-onion crust brings it all together.
    Best Paired With: It’s its own meal, so end things on a sweet note with a serving of the sublime and creamy salted-caramel pudding.
    Cost: $12

    4123 Cedar Springs Rd.; 214-522-3474

  • Mac 'n' Cheese at Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill

    Why It’s Special: It’s made to order, folks. Instead of partaking of a batch sitting under a heat lamp, you get your own bowl of penne, béchamel and cheese (and any requested add-ins) whipped up when you ask.
    Best Paired With: With any of Jack Mac’s burgers, like the Mexican burger or the lamb burger, your mac 'n' cheese is half-off.
    Cost: $6

    19009 Preston Rd.; 972-267-2782

  • Buffalo Mac at Oddfellows

    Why It’s Special: Chicken strips tossed in housemade Buffalo sauce are perched atop a plate of mac 'n' cheese and bedecked with Maytag blue cheese crumbles.
    Best Paired With: The Buffalo chicken makes this dish a win with a pint of craft beer, so order up your favorite local brew.
    Cost: $11

    316 W. Seventh St.; 214-944-5958

  • Max ’n Cheese at Max’s Wine Dive

    Why It’s Special: Curly cavatappi is draped in splendid truffle cream with melted provolone, Gruyère and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.
    Best Paired With: Well, Max’s famed made-to-order fried chicken, of course.
    Cost: $11.50

    3600 McKinney Ave.; 214-559-3483


Places Mentioned


New American • Uptown

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American • Knox-Henderson

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Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

American • Plano

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Nick & Sam's

Steakhouse • Uptown

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American • Bishop Arts District

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MAX's Wine Dive Dallas - McKinney Ave

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