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Mac Madness

Who has the 'Best Mac in the Mac?' Find the top macaroni and cheese dish in Macomb County through our annual bracket competition.

Best Mac in the Mac 2023: K-Block's

After two weeks of bracket-style voting by the public, K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ has been

k block's fire pit is the winner of the 2023 best mac in the mac

announced as the winner of the third annual Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac contest. The initiative sought to highlight housemade macaroni and cheese at locally owned and operated restaurants. Sixteen establishments went head-to-head in the competition, with K-Block’s coming out on top. This is the second year in a row that K-Block’s has been given the Mac Madness title.

K-Block’s Fire Pit BBQ is located at 66880 Van Dyke in Washington Township. The restaurant promotes itself as serving the best barbeque in Michigan, with time tested family recipes and proven techniques which deliver a variety of meats and sides to customers. 

Contest details

mac madness voting bracket

As the winner of the Best Mac in the Mac contest, K-Block’s received:

  • A $2,000 grant from Macomb County
  • The Mac Madness: Best Mac in the Mac plaque
  • Bragging rights

The runner-up also received:

Contest participants

Support these great local restaurants and conduct your own taste test by ordering a noodle dish from any and all of the locations listed below.

  • Slaw Dogz Inc.

    35660 Harper Ave.

    Clinton Township

  • Bath City Bistro

    75 Macomb Place

    Mount Clemens

  • Octopus’ Beer Garden

    152 North River Road

    Mount Clemens

  • Outlaw Smoke BBQ

    32046 Groesbeck


  • Simple Palate Restaurant

    27380 Van Dyke


  • Regale Craft Food & Drink

    48810 Hayes Road


  • Sherwood Brewing Company

    45689 Hayes Road

    Shelby Township

  • KBlocks Fire Pit BBQ

    66880 Van Dyke Road

    Washington Township
  • Jayell Smoke House

    221 N. Bailey St.


  • On the Bay Customs

    51034 Washington St.

    New Baltimore

  • Detroit Fish House

    51195 Schoenherr Road

    Shelby Township

  • Te Roma Inc.

    24436 Van Dyke

    Center Line

  • Fins Eatery & Spirits

    51006 Washington St.

    New Baltimore

  • Kapones Sports Tavern

    24301 Harper

    St. Clair Shores

  • Gumbo's

    53 N. Walnut St.

    Mount Clemens

  • Ernie's Grill

    16655 19 Mile Road

    Clinton Township