Casey’s Tavern (Ann Arbor, MI)

  ~ Mac-N-Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Cute, but not sexy. On the other hand, the melty cheese and bacon are quite visually appealing.  Flavor: ⭐️ Very “meh.” There was little to no variety in flavor, aside from a slight aftertaste of Kraft Singles.  Creaminess: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Something interesting about this mac is that was sufficiently creamy – but…

Tavern & Tap (Lansing, MI)

~ White Cheddar & Bacon Mac N Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Let’s not kid ourselves, this mac looks like it was taken straight out of Bon Appétit Magazine – just look at the artful sprinkling of chives across the top. This may just be the most aesthetic mac & cheese dish I have ever encountered;…

Saddleback BBQ (Okemos, MI)

~ Saddleback Mac + Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I find it important to note that this mac is a side dish. For most BBQ joint mac & cheeses, a styrofoam container is usually the best you can expect in terms of presentation. Pretty blah. As you can see from the photo, Saddleback shakes that expectation and…

Grizzly Peak (Ann Arbor, MI)

~ Truffled Mac + Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Awesome! The cast iron dish is a cute touch; as for the mac itself, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Note: I tried the side instead of the entrée, so ~results may vary~. Flavor: ⭐️⭐️  For a truffled mac & cheese, I can definitely say I expected more flavor…

Frankenmuth Brewery (Frankenmuth, MI)

~ Mac N’ Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nice! The wide black plate is a nice detail that provides an aesthetic contrast with the paler cheese sauce. Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2  The flavor was tough to pin down; overall, it was good, but the aftertaste was noticeably buttery. In tandem with the Ritz Cracker topping, the butteriness wasn’t…