Baked mac and cheese

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese. As a kid, it was one of my favorite dishes, and it’s still one of my top. Of course, Michigan has plenty of great places to grab a hot, creamy bowl of mac and cheese.

The staff at Eat This, Not That! has put together a study to determine the best mac and cheese in America. “Everyone loves a good plate of macaroni and cheese, but finding the perfect balance between pasta and cheese sauce can prove challenging,” they state in the study. “Sadly, not every restaurant is up to the task of delivering that perfect pairing. No matter if you need to pick up an order to bring home to the family or just want to enjoy a plate of this comfort food classic for yourself, the search for the best mac and cheese can finally come to a close. Thanks to the help of the team over at Yelp, Eat This, Not That! has now gathered together the perfect bucket list for anyone craving a plate of gooey goodness.”

As for methodology, the list of the best places for mac and cheese in every state from Eat This, Not That! is according to Yelp. “We identified businesses in the restaurants and food categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning ‘macaroni and cheese,’ then ranked those spots using several factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning “macaroni and cheese,” they explain.

So, who is No. 1 in Michigan? Union Woodshop in Clarkston. “Sometimes you want country-style favorites that don’t add pretentious touches to tried-and-true recipes,” the publication states. “If the mood strikes for some classic barbecue, Union Woodshop offers up sumptuous chicken, ribs, and the best mac and cheese in all of Michigan. Even though their take on mac and cheese only comes as a side dish, it may still be one of the best you’ve ever had. I’ll have to try their mac and cheese next time I’m at a Pine Knob show. Find the full study here.

20 Best Michigan Ice Cream Shops

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    This list is via Pure Michigan, with five additional shops added item, including the MSU Dairy Store, from me.

  • Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery - Traverse City

    Milk & Honey Cafe & Ice Creamery | Traverse City, MI 49684

    Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery is a family ice cream shop and espresso bar serving products made with high quality ingredients from local sources.

  • House of Flavors - Ludington

  • Marion’s Dairy Bar – East Tawas

  • Country Cone & Fudge Shop – Harrisville

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    Espresso Flake is back!! For scooping and 1/2 gallons.

    Posted by Plainwell Ice Cream Co. on Sunday, March 20, 2022

  • Moo-ville Quality Ice Cream - Nashville

    Moo-Ville Quality Creamery

    Your family fun destination for old-fashioned down-on-the-farm fun, freshness and ice cream parlor. Come for a visit to see our dairy farm in operation and watch as we turn farm-fresh milk into delicious dairy products you can take home. MOO-Ville also has cheese, ground beef patties, cream cheese, sour cream, and local maple syrup.

  • Village Ice Cream and Cafe - Dimondale

    It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces as well as meeting some of our new Guests. We are open today...

    Posted by Village Ice Cream & Cafe' on Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Jersey Junction Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor - Grand Rapids

    It’s officially patio season ☀️Thanks @thegrguide for stopping by!

    Posted by Jersey Junction on Friday, March 18, 2022

  • The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop – Ovid

    Strawberry Dole Whip is this weeks flavor!🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦🍓🍦Enjoy as is or twist with vanilla, enjoy in a slush as a glacier! Make it a sundae with marshmallow topping 🤩 YUM!!!!!All Dairy Free!!!!

    Posted by The Blue Moon Ice Cream Shop on Sunday, April 10, 2022

  • Guernsey Farms Dairy - Northville

    Guernsey Farms Dairy

    Guernsey Farms Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1940. Our products are made using only the finest ingredients specially formulated by founder John McGuire. Guernsey Farms Dairy Restaurant and Store are located at the same site as our dairy processing plant.

  • Treat Dreams - Ferndale

    Treat Dreams

    This traditional sugar cookie recipe with frosting is perfect for serving during the holidays or as a sweet and simple family treat. This is my go to frosted sugar cookie recipe and I make a few batches every holiday season. I've also made these for get togethers year round and they are always a hit.

  • Cook's Farm Dairy, Inc. - Ortonville

  • Falling Rock Cafe - Munising

    Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore - Munising, Michigan

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  • Rapid River Dairy Flo – Rapid River

    Rain or shine, it's ice cream TIME! Opening Wednesday April 13th!

    Posted by Rapid River Dairy Flo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • MSU Dairy Store - East Lansing

    Dairy Store

    The MSU Dairy Store's Anthony Hall location will open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12-9 p.m. this summer. See you soon!

  • Quality Dairy Ice Cream

    An extra topping never hurts! 😀

    Posted by Quality Dairy on Monday, March 21, 2022

  • Detroit Water Ice Factory

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    Posted by Detroit Water Ice Factory on Wednesday, March 2, 2022

  • HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods, LLC

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    Posted by HattieGirl Ice Cream and Foods on Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • Milk & Froth Ice Cream

    Milk & Froth

    Ice cream made from scratch in small batches. With classic and vegan options, don't miss this Detroit staple.

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