Macaroni and cheese is an American and soul food staple. So you should expect to find some of the best mac ‘n cheese dishes right here in the Lone Star State. From classic cheddar macaroni cheeses to gourmet macs made with lobster or other unique add-ins, mac ‘n cheese lovers will not be disappointed in these nine best mac ‘n cheese dishes found in Texas restaurants throughout the state.
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Oddfellows, Dallas (Nearby Hotels)
This list starts out with a widely popular macaroni and cheese dish from Oddfellows in Dallas. Known as the Buffalo Mac, this creamy and cheesy dish comes with two chicken strips doused in homemade buffalo sauce. The mac ‘n cheese found under the buffalo chicken strips plays a perfect juxtaposition to the spicy buffalo tenders. To top it all off, blue cheese crumbles make for the perfect garnish. Pair this macaroni and cheese dish with a pint of craft beer, since the buffalo sauce serves quite a bit of kick to this popular menu item.
Hillside Farmacy, Austin (Nearby Hotels)
If you happen to find yourself in east Austin and have a hankering for macaroni and cheese, look no further than Hillside Farmacy. This little eatery is known for using local ingredients in every dish. The mac ‘n cheese found at Hillside Farmacy is made with taleggio and aged white cheddar cheese. Bread crumbs and a variety of herbs top this delicious macaroni and cheese menu item. Even opt in for some yummy add-ins, such as broccoli, pancetta or a poached egg.
MAX’s Wine Dive, Houston (Nearby Hotels)
This wine bar is home to one of the best macaroni and cheese dishes in the Lone Star State. Now there are a few MAX’s Wine Dive locations in Texas, such as Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth and two in Houston. However this small chain all started in Houston, Texas. The mac ‘n cheese here, called the Max’n Cheese, is made with three different cheeses, provolone, Gruyére and Parmesan. This cheesy blend is then enhanced with a truffle cream. Made with a different twist on the classic macaroni noodle typically found in this American dish, MAX’s uses a curly noodle called cavatappi. Top your Max’n Cheese with fried chicken, lobster or bacon for an even more rich and delicious meal.
Hattie’s, Dallas (Nearby Hotels)
For those seeking skillet-served macaroni and cheese made with four cheeses, the mac ‘n cheese dish from Hattie’s is sure to please. Just like classic macaroni and cheese dishes, Hattie’s mac ‘n cheese is made with elbow pasta. However pepper jack cheese, white cheddar, sharp cheddar and smoked cheddar make this dish a cheese lover’s dream. For add texture and crunch, Hattie’s adds green onions and tops the dish with Panko breadcrumbs.
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin (Nearby Hotels)
Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill in Austin has two different macaroni and cheese dishes that are both hits with mac ‘n cheese lovers. If you’re looking for a solid mac ‘n cheese side to your entree, opt for the baked mac made with pimento cheese and bacon. However the green chili macaroni is the perfect dish to enjoy all on its own. Made with grilled chicken, green chili sauce and corn bisque, this decadent mac ‘n cheese dish has just the right amount of Tex Mex flare.
Jus' Mac, Houston (Nearby Hotels)
Jus’ Mac is the only restaurant on this list that is dedicated entirely to macaroni and cheese. The menu has over 24 mac ‘n cheese options to choose from. Now there is a basic macaroni and cheese dish that will please mac ‘n cheese purists. However try the different macaroni and cheese concoctions for something different and delicious. Try the Hangover dish, made with cheese, hash browns, noodles, a fried egg and habanero sauce to wake you up after that long night of drinking. Or choose the buffalo chicken mac and cheese or the chili cheese macaroni and cheese for a unique take on the classic American comfort food.
Bohanan's Prime Steaks & Seafood, San Antonio (Nearby Hotels)
Head to Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood for a great steak and an even greater macaroni and cheese dish. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Bohanan’s in San Antonio, which has been referred to as one of the best steakhouses in the nation by Yahoo Travel. The mac ‘n cheese here is served in a skillet, made with a variety of cheeses, has a gooey and creamy texture and is perfectly browned on top.
The Porch Restaurant, Dallas (Nearby Hotels)
The Porch Restaurant serves a casserole macaroni and cheese dish that has been pleasing customers since the restaurant’s opening in 2007. Located in Dallas, The Porch’s mac ‘n cheese is made with elbow noodles, a creamy sauce, cream cheese, green Tabasco sauce and bits of smoked ham. Cheese is definitely not forgotten in this dish; expect a good amount of parmigiano-reggiano cheese, white cheddar cheese and yellow cheddar cheese too. Panko bread crumbs and parsley top this baked macaroni and cheese dish.
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Houston (Nearby Hotels)
There isn’t just one macaroni and cheese dish found at Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar but a few mac ‘n cheese varieties. The Classic American mac ‘n cheese is perfect for those wanting nothing more than cheese, macaroni, green onions and bread crumbs. However since this Houston restaurant is known for its seafood dishes, indulge in the Seafood Mac made with lobster, shrimp, crab and fried oysters. The Gulf-Hill Country Mac is another mac ‘n cheese dish that is infused with Cajun flare. Enjoy andouille sausage, shrimp, bacon and green chiles in this cheddary mac menu item.