Check out the best comfort food West Michigan has to offer:
Mac 'n' Cheese doesn't have to come out of the box — even though that can be delicious, too. Here are some places that provide a refreshing spin on this classic comfort food.
MAC-AND-CHEESE at THE DERBY STATION
There's no shortage of satisfying ingredients here: a four-cheese blend meets cavatappi pasta, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, a potato chip crust and buttered toast. If all that's not enough, add in sautéed shrimp, a black Angus or grass-fed burger, grilled chicken or pulled pork.
The Derby Station 2237 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
ULTIMATE MAC & CHEESE at FOOD DANCE
This farm-to-table establishment serves up its own unique offering with rustichella dabruzzo rigatoni, grafton aged cheddar, cream, caramelized onions, house-made bacon, fresh spinach and toasted bread crumbs. A field greens salad balances out the richness of the plate.
Food Dance 401 E Michigan Ave. #100, Kalamazoo
PORK BELLY MAC at NEW HOLLAND BREWING COMPANY
It's difficult to choose from a menu bursting with comfort food options—sandwiches, pizza, and more—so we're helping take the pressure off. This mac and cheese boasts a housemade sauce, cavatappi pasta and sautéed pork belly. Wash it down with a brew recommended by staff.
New Holland Brewing Company 66 E 8th St., Holland
TAP HOUSE MAC & CHEESE at CENTRAL CITY TAP HOUSE
Dig your fork into the brioche crumb top and discover creamy Swiss, white cheddar, smoked Gouda, and Parmesan cheese. Carnivores, you've got the option of pork belly, lobster, sausage or grilled chicken to take this dish to a heartier level.
Central City Tap House 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
BAKED CARBONARA MACARONI AND CHEESE at THE ELECTRIC CHEETAH
A whopping seven different cheeses come together in this Italian version, a real treat for the gourmand in you. Additional ingredients make it a substantial meal. Grilled chicken, bacon, green peas, red onion and egg are also tossed in.
The Electric Cheetah 1015 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids