100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 100, Chili Cheese Mac at Jus' Mac

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This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least once.

I don't know why it's never occurred to me to combine a Frito pie with macaroni and cheese. Nor would I have thought merging the dishes -- two of my own idolized comfort foods -- would taste so wonderful. Perhaps even if I'd thought of it, I'd have dismissed it as a bridge too far, even for me.

But in execution, the Chili Cheese macaroni and cheese at Jus' Mac is a thing of beauty and never once over the top: The meaty homemade chili is wound through the creamy sauce and pasta in a way that combines the two yet keeps them separate enough not to be confused with chili-mac. A handful of Fritos on top works in combination with crunchy bread crumbs -- unnecessary in this context, but still delicious -- to provide a nice contrast of textures between the springy pasta and silky sauce, making for an altogether perfect dish.

And this is only the beginning of the 2012 list of our 100 Favorite Dishes. Not every dish will make you as comfortable as this one: Some might push you outside your comfort zone, but they'll all be worth trying. But plenty more will be old, familiar favorites that you just might need to fall in love with all over again.



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Jus' Mac

2617 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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9 comments
Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller

Ok one down, 99 to go.

Verdict: delicious. I can easily see why this made the list. I was impressed, but more saddened that I didn't have this in my life before now.

Eric Henao
Eric Henao

10 bajillion calories… damn i want some…

Ed T.
Ed T.

Did this one.

sbterry
sbterry

Is it time for lunch?

Brogers1724
Brogers1724

I can't get enough of this place....love the chili cheese but I can't get over the chicken and waffle mac and cheese they have on Sundays

Urban Swank
Urban Swank

Yeah, this had to make the list. Any dish that makes you think of scheduling your next workout before you are doing eating it, is worthy of the top 100! #ultimatecomfortfood

Matthew
Matthew

protip: top the mac and cheese at luby's with some of their fresh pico.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Hey, I went to Luby's once.

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