From our Community: What’s your Favorite Place in Michigan to get Comfort Food?

As temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with friends and family and enjoy your favorite comfort foods. From the mac and cheese at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen to the chicken at Zehnder’s or Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, there are plenty of places to indulge in your favorite comfort dishes across the state – including a few hidden gems.

We got some great responses over the weekend when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “What’s your favorite place in Michigan to get comfort food?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!

xochimilcos in Mexican town in Detroit.” – Alex Gurne

“Chicken Jalapeno soup at Art’s in Glen Arbor!” – Aline Levanen Gauss

“The best breakfast comfort food is at Suomi’s, in Houghton, way up in da UP. Traditional Finnish breakfast and regular breakfast foods. All. SO. GOOD.” – Olivia Zajac

RUB BBQ across from Comerica park has the best Mac n Cheese hands down.” – Jesse Cahill

Clarkston Union has awesome (gourmet) mac n cheese.” – Patrick Fetterman

“Mac and cheese from Blue Tractor in Traverse City. ♥ it!!” – Chelsea Lyn

Grand Rapids: Hopcat – Killer Mac n Cheese. Tip: add bacon and jalapenos, mmmm!” – Kevin Littlepage

“The Hilltop in L’anse. Cinnamon rolls the size of your head.” – Robert Bruce Brevitz

Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo serves mac & cheese with pork belly. Can’t think of a more perfect combination! Plus vast scotch whisky menu and craft beers.” – Karel Juhl

Slow’s BBQ in Corktown, and the Mac ‘n Cheese at Zingermans Deli in A2 (Ann Arbor) can’t be beat. It’s divine!” – Colleen Smith Adkins

“Besides my own kitchen, DeLuca’s in Lansing.” – Lucy Dionise Platte

Fieldstone Grille in Portage…they have the best pot roast sandwhich!” – Jennifer Zindler

“At home; my husbands meatloaf. It must be why God made cows! And Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth for CHICKEN !!! YAY!!!” – Sarahlynn E Kelly

What To Do in Detroit While at The Auto Show 2012

The 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) officially opens to the public tomorrow, January 14th and runs through January 22nd. If you’re heading down to the show, make a day of it and enjoy what Detroit has to offer. Here are a few activities to check out in the city.

Explore over one-hundred galleries at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), the country’s fifth-largest fine arts museum. Several exhibitions are currently taking place, including Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010, where contemporary artists present photographs and video inspired by the city of Detroit and its people.

Visit the skating rink at Campus Martius Park, “Detroit’s town square,” for some winter fun! The skating rink is open every day of the week for people of all ages. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, enjoy the open fire, where you can purchase S’more kits at the Arctic Zone for your roasting pleasure.

Stop by Pewabic Pottery, a national historic landmark where the unique art form was developed in 1903. The pottery houses a museum, gallery of contemporary pottery, learning center and gift shop.

Score tickets to Green Day’s American Idiot, now playing at the Detroit Opera House. This award-winning musical tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

See why visitors from near and far rave about the barbecue at Slows Bar BQ in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Beyond barbecue ribs, pulled pork, several sandwiches and a variety of comfort food side dishes, Slows also serves a selection of Michigan wine and beers.

Nothing says “Detroit” like a Coney dog! Try one at the legendary American Coney Island, then head next door to Lafayette Coney Island to see how they compare.

Try your luck at one of Detroit’s casinos including MotorCity Casino and Hotel, Greektown Casino-Hotel and MGM Grand Detroit. Beyond luxurious hotel accommodations, each features celebrity chef restaurants, spas, nightlife and 24-hour gaming.

For more ideas on things to do in the Detroit area, visit www.michigan.org.