Alchemy (Memphis, TN)

~ Mac N Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Though she be but little, she is fierce. Very few times have I found an appetizer or side dish mac to be worthy of five stars, so you know they’ve got to be damn good. Something I don’t ever think about that I would definitely consider…

Hu. Diner (Memphis, TN)

~ Crawfish Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I spy with both of my eyes…something unique. Have you ever had a mac & cheese with baked cheese crisps sprinkled on top? Cool if you have, but I certainly have not. Without a doubt one of the funkier presentations I have come across, definitely…

Blind Bear (Memphis, TN)

~ Crawfish Mac ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I can only describe this mac as bad-ass. The noodles are as colossal as the serving size itself, and it’s topped with a black and red mixture of what I believe is paprika and pepper. This is the kind of mac that has a “mom” heart tattoo on…

South of Beale (Memphis, TN)

  ~ Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Quite tasteful, especially for a side dish. This mac was not simply plopped into a bowl as it easily could have been, but was plated in a lovely oblong dish with an eye-catching dusting of breadcrumbs. The pepper adds a nice visual accent….

Stillwater Grill (Okemos, MI)

~ Mac N’ Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️ Presentation: Let me put it to you like this – here’s the menu’s photo of this mac:     …If a “you vs. the guy she tells you not to worry about” meme jumps to mind for all of you Millennial/Gen Z readers, you aren’t alone. I began sifting…

Dublin Square (East Lansing, MI)

~ Classic Baked Mac N’ Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I always love a cast iron mac, especially when it’s bubbling and hot. You can tell at first glance that it is ultra cheesy, which is usually an excellent thing. Those attributes definitely earn this mac a solid score in presentation, but at the same time,…

The Eagle (Cincinnati, OH)

  ~ Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Walking into The Eagle, I saw a waitress spin by with mac on her tray, in addition to empty skillets of mac on every other table, and I knew I was in for a bomb meal. Would you guess that this is simply a side dish?? I…

Table & Tap (Flint, MI)

  ~ Crispy Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ What struck me the most about the presentation of this mac was its color – a very bright orange – which was definitely interesting, and more saturated than most. I guess I can’t say whether that was a positive or a negative to me, because while…

Findlay Brewing Company (Findlay, OH)

~ “Mac and Cheese” ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If you saw this image on the wall of an art gallery, I doubt you’d think twice. The golden swirls of cavatappi pasta cross the wide, white bowl like brushstrokes on canvas – it speaks to you. Too deep? Nah, I don’t think so.   Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Earthy, and a…

Social Kitchen & Brewery (San Francisco, CA)

  ~ Original Truffle Mac & Cheese ~ Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Mouthwatering. There’s an artful pop of color in this dish that’s always a bonus, as is the classic cast-iron skillet. Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With a mouth still full of my first bite of piping hot mac & cheese, I exclaimed, “Oh my God, this is so good.”…