100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 94: Smoked Ham Mac and Cheese at The Porch

To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2012 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

And now the real reason I went to The Porch comes to the surface: I'd heard good things about the smoked ham mac and cheese casserole.

Dallas is without a doubt a mac and cheese-obsessed town, consuming enough of the gooey substance to warrant its very own slide show. The problem is, a lot of it's bad.

Many renditions are soupy, with noodles swimming in a thin sauce, devoid of character. Others are woefully dry. The Porch's version is perfect: a thick blend of cheese supporting well-cooked noodles accented with cubes of soft smoked ham.

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No. 100: The Cleaver and Block Burger at NHS Tavern No. 99: The Bone Marrow at the Meddlesome Moth No. 98: Arepas at Zaguan Latin Cafe No. 97: Jalapeno Poppers at City Tavern No. 96: Elotes: Everywhere No. 95: Dan-Dan Noodles at Royal China