Mac Madness: Macomb County restaurants compete in best mac-and-cheese bracket

Here’s who’s competing, how to vote

The onset of spring signals the beginning of maddening March brackets -- but we’re not just talking about college basketball.

This year, March Madness is taking on a new, noodle-y shape for Macomb County residents and visitors: The county has launched its second annual Mac Madness, in which local restaurants compete for the title of having the best macaroni and cheese dish in the county.

A total of sixteen Macomb County restaurants are going head-to-head, putting their best noodle dishes forward in hopes of winning a $2,500 grant from the county. The second-place winner will receive $1,000, and third- and fourth-place winners will each receive $500. Click here to see the bracket.

The voting rounds will take place on the following schedule:

  • Sweet 16: Voting opened March 17, closes March 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Elite 8: Voting opens March 21 at noon, closes March 23 at 8 p.m.
  • Final 4: Voting opens March 25 at noon, closes March 27 at 8 p.m.
  • Championship Round: March 30 at noon, closes April 1 at 8 p.m.

Click here to cast your votes for the best homemade mac-and-cheese dishes. Participants can vote once per round.

The following restaurants are participating in the 2022 Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac competition:

  • Slaw Dogz, Clinton Township
  • Simple Palate Restaurant, Warren
  • Jayell Smoke House, Romeo
  • Fin’s Eatery & Spirits, New Baltimore
  • Bath City Bistro, Mount Clemens
  • Regale Craft Food & Drink, Macomb
  • Kapones Sports Tavern, St. Clair Shores
  • On the Bay Customs, New Baltimore
  • Octopus’ Beer Garden, Mount Clemens
  • Sherwood Brewing Company, Shelby Township
  • Detroit Fish House, Shelby Township
  • Gumbo’s, Mount Clemens
  • Outlaw Smoke BBQ, Fraser
  • K-Blocks Fire Pit BBQ, Washington Township
  • Te Roma, Center Line
  • Ernie’s Grill, Clinton Township

Visit the county’s website here to learn more.

Related: Local 4′s March Mania bracket challenge: Track your bracket

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