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The Best Mac & Cheese in the Brighton-Howell Area

July 6, 2021 | Story by: Amelia Ritter | Photos by: Amelia Ritter

Please enjoy this guest blog from our Digital Marketing and Content Manager, Amelia Ritter.


I take macaroni and cheese very seriously. If it’s on a menu, I’m going to order it. My standards for the dish are high. I take into consideration the noodle, the type of cheese, whether to not it’s creamy, tangy, or dressed up with another sauce or veggies…the list goes on and on! To celebrate National Macaroni and Cheese Day, I’ve put together this list of my favorite dishes from around the Brighton-Howell Area.

Lu and Carl’s

This mac and cheese was a staple comfort food for me during the stay-at-home orders. There’s a generous portion of tangy, cheesy pasta with a taste reminiscent of the classic blue box. I recommend it with a side order of broccoli, but you can also add cajun chicken for a spicy twist!

macaroni and cheese
Starting at $10.99

Diamonds Steak and Seafood

I dream about the famous mac and cheese from Diamonds Steak and Seafood. It’s that good! Order it as a side with your steak or choose it for your full entree and add a protein of your choice. Cavatappi pasta, a four-cheese sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, and toasted bread crumbs round out this dish, which might be my favorite in Livingston County.

macaroni and cheese
Side option $5.95, entree starting at $12.95

Brighton Bar & Grill

For lunch or for dinner, you can’t go wrong with this macaroni choice! At Brighton Bar & Grill, the mac is served with herb-crusted chicken on top and tossed in a delicious and creamy four-cheese sauce.

macaroni and cheese
Starting at $15

Block Brewing Company

Whether you’re in Brighton or in Howell, you must check out Block Brewing Company! Their house-made macaroni and cheese is the perfect pairing for their BBQ flavors, topped with bacon and cornbread crumbs. Jazz it up by adding pulled pork, chicken, or brisket.

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Starting at $13

Cleary’s Pub

Come hungry when you visit Cleary’s Pub in downtown Howell! This giant portion of pasta includes a rich sauce with pieces of lobster, breadsticks, and a house salad. It’s big enough to share…but you won’t want to!

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Ginopolis’ Bar-BQ Smokehouse

Another delicious BBQ option is from downtown Brighton’s Ginopolis’ Bar-BQ. Order mac and cheese as a side with your brisket or ribs, or show your commitment to macaroni with a full-sized entree. Either way, your taste buds will thank you!

macaroni and cheese
Side portion $3.99 (or included with protein entree), entree starting at $13.99

Jonna’s Bar and Grill

Customization is the name of the game at Jonna’s Bar and Grill. Their macaroni is mixed with an eight-cheese sauce and they offer toppings like chicken, steak, peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno, and more to create your perfect plate! Which will you choose?

Starting at $5.99

Did you discover something new from this list? Was your favorite left off? Let me know! Someone has to try every macaroni and cheese dish in the Brighton-Howell Area. I am prepared to be that person.

Amelia is the Digital Marketing and Content Manager for the Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a self-proclaimed macaroni and cheese connoisseur. She also enjoys running on the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail and kayaking at Kensington Metropark.

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Lu & Carl's

Lu & Carl's Bar & Grill, 100 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Diamonds Steak and Seafood

Diamonds Steak and Seafood, 101 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Brighton Bar & Grill

Brighton Bar & Grill, 400 West Main Street, Brighton, MI, USA

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Block Brewing Company Brighton

Block Brewing Brighton, 1840 South Old US Highway 23, Brighton, MI, USA

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Block Brewing Company Howell

Block Brewing Company, 1140 South Michigan Avenue, Howell, MI, USA

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Cleary's Pub

Cleary's Pub, 117 East Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843 USA

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Ginopolis’ Bar-BQ & Speakeasy

201 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116, USA

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Jonna's Bar & Grill

1455 N Michigan Ave, Howell, Michigan, USA

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