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.”…

Lansing Brewing Company (Lansing, MI)

  ~ S’MAC DADDY ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Very interesting! I can safely say that I have never encountered a pesto mac and cheese, or any mac that looked less like a mac – in the best way, of course.  Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Let me reiterate: interesting. I definitely did not anticipate the pesto and cheese flavors blending…

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…

Melt Bar & Grilled (Columbus, OH)

~ Mighty Macaroni ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ If there is someone out there who can look at sandwich without their mouth watering, please contact me so we can have a little chat – you might be a robot. Just look at the dusting of parm across the top! I must say, I am also a big…

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…

Haymaker Public House (Ann Arbor, MI)

~ Firehouse Mac & Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I knew that this mac would be a winner at first sight – just look at the artful sprinkling of parsley across the top. Combined with the brioche breadcrumbs and cavatappi pasta, it’s a handsome entrée. Flavor: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  In-cre-di-ble. I would venture that the best part of this…

The Laundry (Fenton, MI)

~ Mac-n-Cheese ~ Rating: ⭐️⭐️ Presentation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have to say, I thought the bowl and saucer format was pretty cute.  The mac & cheese, on the other hand, looked oily and insipid. Flavor: ⭐️  I was shocked by the lack of flavor in this mac. Seriously, it tasted like buttered pasta. Creaminess: ⭐️ Clumpy and dry. The only…