Dallas' Five Best Macaroni and Cheese Dishes

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Our love of mac and cheese is a deep-rooted affair, grown from a seed planted by our parents with a blue box and neon orange cheese powder. Velveeta upped the pre-fab ante, boxing up cheap pasta with a foil pouch of pre-melted cheese food product that introduced us to a new level of ooze.

Or perhaps you were luckier as a child and your parents baked a homemade version in the oven with real queso. My mom used to fold canned stewed tomatoes sparingly into the mix, and I used to think that this was how mac and cheese was supposed to be made. When the tomatoes were missing I'd reach for a bottle of ketchup to the horror of my table mates (try it, I swear).

My ketchup habit has withered but not died. I'd never eat a box of Kraft without a bottle of Heinz, but I truly hope to never encounter that blue box again. Here are five local renditions I'd never desecrate with ketchup, including our recent Best of Dallas winner for best mac and cheese. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best Of app, available for the Droid and the iPhone.

Screen Door
The understated but refined, home cooked mac and cheese (pictured above)
What else would you expect from a restaurant that boasts fried chicken, meat loaf and other homey dishes. Buttered bread crumbs are the only embellishment on an otherwise simple but stellar version of this classic comfort food.

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Local
The best mac and cheese to drink with a nice Chardonnay
Tracy Miller is on her way to becoming one of my favorite chefs in Dallas, and her mac and cheese is a simple show-stopper. Mascarpone lends its creamy texture in a dish that's refined without being over the top.

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Tillman's Roadhouse
The best bacon-y mac and cheese
It's sad, but more often than not it's true. Bacon makes everything better, and cheese-soaked pasta is no different. The picture above is out of date; they've tweaked their menu recently. Tillman's version is understated and simple (no sea of oozing cheese here), but a sprinkling of bacon puts it over the top.

Location Info

Oddfellows

316 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tillman's Roadhouse

324 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Local

2936 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Screen Door - CLOSED

1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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3434mpmp
3434mpmp

Have to agree that Cock & Bull's M&C is outrageously good.

A little bit North
A little bit North

Square Burger in McKinney-currently 5 cheese mac with Asiago grilled chicken and sundried tomatoes.  The last version was 5 cheese with english peas and pancetta.  Amazing

Shannon
Shannon

Cock & Bull in Lakewood makes a truffle oil mac that'll knock your socks off!

Katie R.
Katie R.

What about The Porch's smoked ham mac 'n cheese casserole and Ocean Prime's black truffle macaroni and cheese?

T3x
T3x

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPLITTING YOUR ARTICLES IN HALF, MY 14.4 MODEM HAS TROUBLE LOADING THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT ONCE.

Ralphy
Ralphy

With butter, cream, cheese, and pasta;  almost anybody (regardless of skill set) can whip up a great dish !

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Mac n cheese?? Slow food news week.

Odette Cabrera
Odette Cabrera

The Meddlesome Moth's mac and cheese needs to be mentioned here. SOOOOOO delicious!

Aggie1708
Aggie1708

I love the Mac at the porch!

Xuco1
Xuco1

Al Biernat's is my favorite but I recently tried Anvil Pub's version, I liked it quite a bit. 

Ateen Khakpour
Ateen Khakpour

Park on Henderdson, which closed down and is now something else, had the best mac and cheese I'd ever had..  Too bad they closed down

TLS
TLS

Ok, that Oddfellows dish looks pretty damn good but did you even try the mac and cheese at Hibiscus?  

todd
todd

a box of the blue mixed with a can of wolf brand chili.  looks like ass, smells like two asses, pure hangover relief.   

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

No mention of Jasper's? Plano ain't Oklahoma.

Give Alton Brown's stovetop mac and cheese recipe a whirl for deliciousness at home.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

based on photos, gimme the screen door, but any ol' Kraft mac n cheese original or hell Velveeta cheesy shells works for me.  And I still cant kick that kid habit of nuking an oscar meyer cheese dog, silcing it up and dumping it in my mac n cheese. 

Christopher
Christopher

Most definitely it is the "Last Word" Mac from Neighborhood Services.  Nick uses a lot of lemon which makes this mac sublime.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

No mention of Jaspers because it is Violently overrated 

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Only had the Tavern. Not into cheetos, but love any good use of acid.

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