It started as a favorite dish when you were a kid, accompanied by chocolate milk and ketchup packets. Now, some great restaurants are promoting a gourmet version to the famed mac and cheese from days of yore. Here’s where to get your creamy and oh-so-guilty pleasure in the Big D.
1 Tillman's Roadhouse- White Cheddar Mac-N-Cheese
It may sound simple, but there's no doubt that Oak Cliff's Tillman's Roadhouse serves up some of the best mac 'n cheese this side of the Mississippi. Want to make it at home? Here's the rundown: boil up some regular macaroni, your choice on size, shape and brand. In another pot, combine butter, flour, and then add heavy cream, and cook until you see it thicken. Add sharp white cheddar cheese, and combine the sauce with the noodles. Voila! See if you don't get some regular guests after offering this at the table.
324 W 7th St, 214.942.0988, www.tillmansroadhouse.com
2 Kenny's Wood Fired Grill- Adult Mac N Cheese
Kenny's Wood Fired Grill Adult Mac & Cheese gets a spot on this list for obvious reasons. Bits of juicy ham, a light, decadent fragrance of white truffle and scrumptious Gouda cheese make this dish a perfect side for Kenny's Chipotle Ribs.
5000 Belt Line Rd, Ste 775, 972.392.9663, www.kennyswoodfiredgrill.com
3 Hibiscus-Deep Dish Mac Casserole
Rich, thick and devilishly good, Hibiscus cooks up a fantastic baked Macaroni and Cheese casserole. It accomplishes the major factors necessary in a successful gourmet mac and cheese dish, and does it with style: perfect texture (creamy with just enough crunch), taste (rich and memorable flavorful) and size (too big to finish on your own.)
2927 N Henderson Ave, 214.827.2927, www.hibiscusdallas.com
4 Capital Grille- Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese
If you're counting calories, don't skip the creamy mac and cheese--just make this dish your main course at Capital Grille, where you can get your meat and starch in one dish: the famous Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese. Baked Campanelle pasta and fresh lobster meat tossed in a Mascarpone, Havarti and Gran Padano cream sauce is coated in Panko bread crumbs and grated white cheddar and then baked to absolute perfection.
500 Crescent Court, 214.303.0500, www.thecapitalgrille.com
5 Rathbun's Blue Plate- Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese
Celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun's Blue Plate is a Southern, upscale barbecue joint that stands in contrast to Rathbun's Abacus and Jasper's, but that doesn't mean the place doesn't deliver Rathbun-level dishes. For instance, the Gouda Mac and Cheese, delivered to you in it's own little crock pot, designed not only to look great next to your brisket but also discourage others from sampling your private pot of heaven. They really do think of everything.
6130 Luther Ln, 214.890.1103,www.kentrathbun.com/blueplate