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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Street's Fine Chicken

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5211 Forest Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 803-5181
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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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2. Blatt Beer & Table

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7859 Walnut Hill Ln #170
Dallas, TX 75230
(469) 372-2080
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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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3. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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10477 Lombardy Ln
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 366-2000
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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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4. Montlake Cut

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8220 Westchester Dr b
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 739-8220
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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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5. Bread Winners Café & Bakery

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5560 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 351-3339
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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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6. The Porch

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2912 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 828-2916
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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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7. Nick & Sam's

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3008 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 871-7444
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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.

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8. Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

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1950 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-4141
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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.

9. Stackhouse

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2917 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 828-1330
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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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10. Brick & Bones

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2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 914-6776
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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.

11. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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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

12. Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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2825 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 863-7100
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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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13. Oddfellows

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316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5958
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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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14. Hudson House

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4448 Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 583-2255
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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.

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15. One90 Smoked Meats

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10240 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 346-3287
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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.

Smoked beef tenderloin sandwich at One90 Meats One90 Smoked Meats [Official Photo]

1. Street's Fine Chicken

5211 Forest Ln #108, Dallas, TX 75244
Kevin Marple

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.

5211 Forest Ln #108
Dallas, TX 75244

2. Blatt Beer & Table

7859 Walnut Hill Ln #170, Dallas, TX 75230
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.

7859 Walnut Hill Ln #170
Dallas, TX 75230

3. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

10477 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220
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.

10477 Lombardy Ln
Dallas, TX 75220

4. Montlake Cut

8220 Westchester Dr b, Dallas, TX 75225
@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.

8220 Westchester Dr b
Dallas, TX 75225

5. Bread Winners Café & Bakery

5560 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
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.

5560 W Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75209

6. The Porch

2912 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
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.

2912 N Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

7. Nick & Sam's

3008 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

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.

3008 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75201

8. Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

1950 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

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

1950 Market Center Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

9. Stackhouse

2917 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
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.

2917 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Brick & Bones

2713 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

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.

2713 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

11. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
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.

2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

2825 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
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.

2825 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

13. Oddfellows

316 W 7th St, Dallas, TX 75208
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.

316 W 7th St
Dallas, TX 75208

14. Hudson House

4448 Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
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.

4448 Lovers Ln
Dallas, TX 75225

15. One90 Smoked Meats

10240 Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75238
Smoked beef tenderloin sandwich at One90 Meats One90 Smoked Meats [Official Photo]

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.

10240 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75238

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