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Where to Eat Creamy, Decadent Mac And Cheese In Dallas

The city’s cheesiest noodles, spiked with truffle or lobster and smoked meats

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There’s something special about a hot vessel of noodles blanketed in ooey-gooey cheese. Whether it’s made with penne, elbow, shells, or curly cavatappi, the right bowl (or skillet) of macaroni and cheese is always decadent and comforting, not to mention delicious.

With temperatures this chilly, dive into one of these ridiculous bowls of mac and cheese. Don’t be surprised if a nap is required after.

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Street's Fine Chicken

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Move over, Velveeta. The baked shells and cheese at this fried chicken joint are decidedly superior, thanks to the addition of creamy brie, which adds a touch of decadence.

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Blatt Beer & Table

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Blatt Beer & Table has an obsession with mac ‘n cheese. Diners can get some in bite form as an appetizer, order some as a side dish, score some for the kids, or choose from several “adult” versions. Check out the Truffle Mac with bacon, peas, and truffle oil, or the Buffalo Blue Mac with fried chicken, Sriracha buffalo sauce, and blue cheese. For the serious mac and cheese enthusiast, the Manhandler Mac is stuffed with smoked pulled pork and kielbasa, barbecue sauce, onion, pickles, paprika and chives.

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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This cheesy, decadent dish wasn’t always on the menu, but the Jumbo Lump Crab mac and cheese at Pappas Bros. was such a cult favorite, they went ahead and added it. Giant chunks of crab mingle with multiple varieties of cheese for a completely indulgent side dish.

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Montlake Cut

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Try to look beyond the seafood offerings at Montlake Cut, because you’ll discover this “Shells & Cheese” dish which makes great use of Mount Townsend Creamery Campfire jack cheese, infused with a blend of alder and applewood smoke.

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Bread Winners Café & Bakery

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Sure, Bread Winners is a go-to spot for brunch, but check out the mac ‘n’ cheese spiked with green chiles on the dinner menu. It’s a sleeper hit.

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The Porch

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A beloved Dallas favorite, pretty much everyone in town loves this spot and its comforting bowl of mac and cheese casserole. It’s got all the gooey comfort of Grandma’s version, plus plenty of smoked ham.

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Nick & Sam's

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Ball out at this Uptown steakhouse with a perfect cut of beef and excellent wine, but don’t miss the Maine lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. There’s also a straightforward mac and cheese on the menu, made with Gruyére and white cheddar cheeses, and a bacon version made with Nueske’s bacon and Tillamook cheddar. Choose wisely.

Up for a challenge? #NickandSams

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Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

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What sets this creamy, addictive, $3 side of mac and cheese apart? A crunchy sprinkling of crushed, barbecue-flavored potato chips on top.

Stackhouse

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At Stackhouse, $5.25 buys a tiny tray of baked mac and cheese that can be topped with a scoop of hearty chili for $2 more.

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Brick & Bones

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In the Habanero Bacon Mac, the bacon is almost undetectable to the naked eye (besides, it’s pretty dark in there), but you’ll definitely taste it. A kick of heat from habanero peppers plus a sprinkle of green onions and crispy breadcrumbs takes this penne-based mac over the top.

Pecan Lodge

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Eat the beef rib, but definitely save room for a side of mac and cheese at this Dallas barbecue icon. Diced green chiles and a sprinkle of bacon on top make this creamy, ridiculously rich mac and cheese a Pecan Lodge must.

Pecan Lodge Barbecue Robert Strickland

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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It’s unexpected to find a comfort food like mac and cheese on a Lebanese restaurant’s menu, but do not underestimate the power melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank scattered throughout creamy baked pasta and cheese. It’s unbelievable.

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Oddfellows

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Head to this Bishop Arts mainstay for a decadent side of classic mac and cheese, or get an entree-sized version with a twist. The Buffalo Mac is topped with a few chicken tenders tossed in spicy buffalo sauce and then sprinkled with bleu cheese — then try to keep it together.

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Hudson House

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Green onions are the confetti at this cheesy, creamy spiral mac and cheese party hosted by Hudson House. Just the right amount of breadcrumbs for a little crunch make for a ridiculously solid plate – and sharing is optional.

Kelsey Foster

One90 Smoked Meats

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This meat Mecca in East Dallas makes a pretty perfect side of mac and cheese to go with your brisket, prime rib, sausage, lamb, duck and more, but then they went ahead and topped it with their brisket chili and knock it right out of the park.

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Street's Fine Chicken

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Move over, Velveeta. The baked shells and cheese at this fried chicken joint are decidedly superior, thanks to the addition of creamy brie, which adds a touch of decadence.

Kevin Marple

Blatt Beer & Table

Courtesy Blatt Beer & Table

Blatt Beer & Table has an obsession with mac ‘n cheese. Diners can get some in bite form as an appetizer, order some as a side dish, score some for the kids, or choose from several “adult” versions. Check out the Truffle Mac with bacon, peas, and truffle oil, or the Buffalo Blue Mac with fried chicken, Sriracha buffalo sauce, and blue cheese. For the serious mac and cheese enthusiast, the Manhandler Mac is stuffed with smoked pulled pork and kielbasa, barbecue sauce, onion, pickles, paprika and chives.

Courtesy Blatt Beer & Table

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Courtesy Pappas Bros

This cheesy, decadent dish wasn’t always on the menu, but the Jumbo Lump Crab mac and cheese at Pappas Bros. was such a cult favorite, they went ahead and added it. Giant chunks of crab mingle with multiple varieties of cheese for a completely indulgent side dish.

Courtesy Pappas Bros

Montlake Cut

@Danieleatingdallas/Instagram

Try to look beyond the seafood offerings at Montlake Cut, because you’ll discover this “Shells & Cheese” dish which makes great use of Mount Townsend Creamery Campfire jack cheese, infused with a blend of alder and applewood smoke.

@Danieleatingdallas/Instagram

Bread Winners Café & Bakery

Breadwinners

Sure, Bread Winners is a go-to spot for brunch, but check out the mac ‘n’ cheese spiked with green chiles on the dinner menu. It’s a sleeper hit.

Breadwinners

The Porch

The Porch/Instagram

A beloved Dallas favorite, pretty much everyone in town loves this spot and its comforting bowl of mac and cheese casserole. It’s got all the gooey comfort of Grandma’s version, plus plenty of smoked ham.

The Porch/Instagram

Nick & Sam's

Ball out at this Uptown steakhouse with a perfect cut of beef and excellent wine, but don’t miss the Maine lobster mac ‘n’ cheese. There’s also a straightforward mac and cheese on the menu, made with Gruyére and white cheddar cheeses, and a bacon version made with Nueske’s bacon and Tillamook cheddar. Choose wisely.

Up for a challenge? #NickandSams

A post shared by Nick And Sam's Steakhouse (@nickandsams) on

Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

What sets this creamy, addictive, $3 side of mac and cheese apart? A crunchy sprinkling of crushed, barbecue-flavored potato chips on top.

Stackhouse

Rachel Pinn

At Stackhouse, $5.25 buys a tiny tray of baked mac and cheese that can be topped with a scoop of hearty chili for $2 more.

Rachel Pinn

Brick & Bones

In the Habanero Bacon Mac, the bacon is almost undetectable to the naked eye (besides, it’s pretty dark in there), but you’ll definitely taste it. A kick of heat from habanero peppers plus a sprinkle of green onions and crispy breadcrumbs takes this penne-based mac over the top.

Pecan Lodge

Pecan Lodge Barbecue Robert Strickland

Eat the beef rib, but definitely save room for a side of mac and cheese at this Dallas barbecue icon. Diced green chiles and a sprinkle of bacon on top make this creamy, ridiculously rich mac and cheese a Pecan Lodge must.

Pecan Lodge Barbecue Robert Strickland

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

Courtesy Zatar

It’s unexpected to find a comfort food like mac and cheese on a Lebanese restaurant’s menu, but do not underestimate the power melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank scattered throughout creamy baked pasta and cheese. It’s unbelievable.

Courtesy Zatar

Oddfellows

Oddfellows/Instagram

Head to this Bishop Arts mainstay for a decadent side of classic mac and cheese, or get an entree-sized version with a twist. The Buffalo Mac is topped with a few chicken tenders tossed in spicy buffalo sauce and then sprinkled with bleu cheese — then try to keep it together.

Oddfellows/Instagram

Hudson House

Kelsey Foster

Green onions are the confetti at this cheesy, creamy spiral mac and cheese party hosted by Hudson House. Just the right amount of breadcrumbs for a little crunch make for a ridiculously solid plate – and sharing is optional.