Bar Louie (Ann Arbor, MI)

~ Baked Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Pretty nice! The dish has a lot of color thanks to my chosen topping of broccoli, and as usual, the cavatappi noodles are quite aesthetically pleasing. The looks, in this case, are deceiving.  Flavor: ⭐️ Four cheeses? House-made Alfredo? Stunning – I would never have guessed it. I hardly tasted any cheese,…

The Lunch Room (Ann Arbor, MI)

~ “Mac & Cheese” ~ ~Surprise, it’s vegan!!~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very nice! It’s always thrilling to see a generous portion set in front of you; The Lunch Room didn’t let me down. The touch of almond, lemon zest and sesame seed (called almasen) with a sprinkle of parsley is also daintily tasteful…

Tavern and Tap (Lansing, MI)

~ Lobster Mac N Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Right off the bat, I was impressed that the bites of lobster in this mac were incredibly generous. The juicy piece at the top of the bowl really makes you want to dive in head first. This dish has great color, a very unique pasta (pearl couscous) and…

Electric Cheetah (Grand Rapids, MI)

– “Baked Classic Macaroni and Cheese” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I’d frame this photo and hang it on my wall (in fact, I probably will).Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One really unique flavor in this dish was green onion. I have never seen a mac & cheese use said ingredient before, and I loved it. For those of you that aren’t super…

Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen (Clarkston, MI)

– “The Most Macked Mac & Cheese” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ~ Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! ~ Preface:I’m changing things up a little bit by kicking off this review with a “preface” – mostly to regain your trust when I disagree with Guy Fieri’s experience at the Clarkston Union (*gasp*). Clarkston Union’s mac & cheese…

Cork on Saginaw (Flint, MI)

– “Macaroni and Cheese” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Not too shabby! The oblong dish placed at a diagonal does a favor for the eyes. The little bit of browning from a quick broil also adds an enticing finish.Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A dash of pepper (and I ~think~ some nutmeg) partnered with the Irish cheddar and comté cheeses create a few…

Ludington Bay Brewing Company (Ludington, MI)

– “Adult Mac & Cheese” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️Nothing novel here, but with the generous seasoning covering the top, things looked promising upon first glance. Flavor: ⭐️ Surprisingly, there was almost no flavor whatsoever in this dish – disappointingly insipid. The flavor reminded me of a béchamel sauce before the salt/pepper is added – I think that even a…

Kraft Easy Mac

– “Easy Mac” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I want to start by giving Kraft a round of applause in terms of product concept. Easy Mac cups are incredibly convenient. Not having to refrigerate a microwaveable dinner is pretty great, not to mention the fact that they are extremely portable. Speaking of convenience, the water-fill line is even…

Black Cat Bistro (East Lansing, MI)

– “Truffled Mac & Cheese” – Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Hey there pretty lady, come here often? Talk about a first impression. Although I cropped this a bit and you can’t quite see the plate, it was a very cool, asymmetrical number. Top that off with the flower garnish, and this is one lovely mac and cheese-wouldn’t you…

Evol.

~”Truffle Parmesan Mac & Cheese”~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ~(Microwavable)~   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars may seem like a lot for a microwave dinner, but I was blown away by the concept of a round bowl. Why the hell aren’t they all round? The food heats so evenly; it makes perfect sense. Five stars for pure ingenuity….