Macdaddy's, a Macaroni and Cheese Bar, is Open in Denton (Photos)

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Those are cut up hot dogs. Welcome back, 1988. I missed you.
For the past few weeks, the University of North Texas campus has been much abuzz with the anticipation of several new restaurants opening on the ground level of the new Fry Street development. Now occupying the former home of the Flying Tomato is a Chipotle with a spaceship-like study hall design, a Potbelly Sandwich Shop with vomit-free bathrooms and the source of the majority of the buzz: Macdaddy's, a restaurant dedicated solely to macaroni and cheese and surrounded by bars. It's a college student's wet dream.

Macdaddy's is partaking in the popular open-air theme of newer restaurants in Denton and beyond and offers patrons a breezy patio with a first-class view of Fry Street and all its vices. High-traffic academic buildings, offices and student and faculty parking lots are all within walking distance, as well as the high-traffic bars. It's a brilliant design, that Fry Street.

Now that summer seems to be waning and the skin on the bottom of my feet is growing back, the patio has become particularly attractive in recent days, as they've finished construction. Last week I finally saw the flying of the "Now Open" flag, so I waltzed in around 5 p.m. to check it out.

The lines were out the door, the patio full of hungry college students who wandered over between classes, each clamoring for their own skillet of macaroni and cheese. Among the more than 50y options are various add-ins that include anything from lobster (but only if you crap cash on the regular), hot dogs, bacon, pulled pork, crimini mushrooms, chicken, shrimp and of course, vodka! There are salads, but no word on the inclusion of macaroni in those. In keeping with Apple's rapid takeover of Earth, the iPad registers ask only for a signature with your finger should you be a credit card wielding diner. Pretty neat. They take cash too.

Given that the area used to suffer (writer ducks for fear of flying objects) from a slight lack of dining diversity, Macdaddy's is an interesting addition to the post-class (and post-drinking) stuff-my-face options. In the interest of the university culture, Macdaddy's is a welcome cog in the facelift machine of our beloved Fry Street storefront.

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DO's own Mike Mezeul ate this.

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TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Good name, anyway.

 

Tough crowd up in here.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 "Flying Tomato is a Chipotle with a spaceship-like study hall design, a Potbelly Sandwich Shop with vomit-free bathrooms and the source of the majority of the buzz: Macdaddy's, a restaurant dedicated solely to macaroni and cheese"

 

First, who gives two sh+ts and a shimmy about Potbelly's?  It is nice to have these options; weird thing is, when I went to school up yonder (a long time ago), I couldn't afford ANY of these types of places.  Which leads me to a thought .......are today's youth spoiled and fat? And methinks yes.  I was lucky when dad would visit me once a week, and take me to lunch at the Arby's on 380. Hell, if it was a good day, I get might TWO sandwiches at NY Subway. 

 

ps-Macdaddy's sounds great after a few drinks. 

xavier
xavier

great, now every time i go to a place i used to hang out, i can feel like i am at a wedding reception!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Sarah, This not an example of dining diversity. It is more potbelly chipotle crap. But I, and I assume many, many more Dallas Observer readers are going to drive to Denton as soon as possible to wait in a long line to try mac & cheese with hot dogs. Are you actually a foreign food correspondent or is your car broken in Denton. Please come back or at least quit these silly reviews of stupid places that are far away Thank you.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @xavier 

 

Why, because you woke with a hammer headache, vomit stained shirt, and that noggin in a heap of hardened, soiled Burger King wrappers?  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @primi_timpano 

 

"essatly" (like Emmit) what I was thinking PT.  It had HOTDOGS in said M+C.......don't even have the class to put turkey bacon or diced ham?  Bread crumbs?  Parmesan? Pico? hotdogs............my 3 year old will love that!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @primi_timpano this isnt a chipotle, there are 4, count em, 4 in the whole fuggin country.  And as other say, many people commute to that school from all parts of the metro, dont be pissed it didnt come to the "World Class City" LOL

moconnor87
moconnor87

 @primi_timpano Do you realize UNT is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) commuter schools in Texas? Tons of readers live in the metroplex (denton included) and don't all reside in yuppie lofts in uptown. Step out of your comfort zones and check out what Den10 has to offer...doofus

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship But will you drive to Denton to sate the child with mac cheese and dogs?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @moconnor87  @primi_timpano 

 

I think he's just giving the author a little hell......they always get hell when they get outside the "shit" bubble of uptown; hell, Plano to the DO staff is like Oklahoma. 

 

ps-More stories about Decatur, and  that lady with 8 kids, in an unairconditioned Econoline van. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

 @moconnor87 I am familiar with UNT, love its music department and many of its alumni. Sara is wasting her time and talent on Fuzzy's in Decatur and the mac and cheese bar in Denton.  As numbers easily impress you (Den10, so clever, so text handy), nearly every suburb surrounding Dallas is as large or larger than Denton.  So why is Sara/DO not exploring these vibrant locations, many the homes to ethnic communities with art, culture and cuisine far more interesting than much beloved Fry Street with its Potbelly and Chipotle storefronts. 

 

Perhaps if the brilliant design of Fry Street were better explicated than with a few references to its fast food vendors, I and others would take a visit.

 

For now I will save my gasoline and stick to Webb Chapel (great Mexican food), Harry Hines (Korean), Richardson (Asian and Arab), and other places that urban doofuses  defile.  I probably are not cool enough to keep from being shunned by Denton's enlightened hipster community.

 

Bottom line--fast food restaurants are not interesting, especially when it is 40 miles away; I can guarantee you there is nothing interesting in Decatur. 

 

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primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

And roasted hatch peppers go well with MC.

SaraBlankenship02
SaraBlankenship02

@kergo1spaceship@moconnor87@primi_timpano

Perhaps it's because Sara is a very busy graduate student, taking 9 hours of graduate courses, imparting wisdom upon a Freshman journalism class of 500+, preparing her brain for writing a thesis, keeping Doctoral applications in the back of her head and living on a grad student's income.....all while gas climbs to $4/gal.

 

Denton is my world and I love it here, and I endlessly thank the DO for allowing me to write about it. And you for reading it, even though it's not your preferred location.

todd
todd

 @kergo1spaceship 

 "hell, Plano to the DO staff is like Oklahoma."

Unless they get a tip, from someone in Houston, about a new kolache place.  Fekkin kolaches!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @Scruffygeist Which is why the wound pains so.

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