If you’re in the mood for a comforting treat, stop by Barrel and Ashes. This barbecue joint offers a scrumptious take on old-fashioned-style cornbread. You’ll want to savor every bite of the Hoe Cake, which is a soft-centered beauty slathered with maple butter and finished with fresh scallions.
At this comfort food restaurant, everything is served up on biscuits. Guy could not get enough of the classic biscuits and gravy, noting that the biscuit had the "best texture ever." He also devoured The Reggie with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar and gravy all inside a "flaky and light" biscuit.
Owners Kyle Corea and Adam Gold are still serving up waffles and blasting tunes just like they did at their college parties. Guy savored the "sweet and crispy" fried chicken and waffles with hot sauce syrup and devoured the stuffing waffle with smoked turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
The most-famous dish at the Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore is the Cap'n Crunch-encrusted French toast — two breakfast classics that taste great together. Guy loves owner Sarah Simington's homestyle dishes, calling them the definition of comfort food. Duff favors the Sweet Baby Jesus with Scrapple — layers of fried hash browns, crabmeat, cheese, tomatoes and eggs, smothered in housemade hollandaise.
This longtime Harlem standby has been frying up chicken the old-fashioned way for more than two decades. Chef-Owner Charles Gabriel employs an uncommon method of slow-frying in a giant skillet — large enough to fit 25 pieces at a time — until every piece of chicken is golden-brown on all sides. He then serves the chicken with a variety of Southern-style sides, like sweet cornbread, mac and cheese, and collard greens.
Hattie B’s serves the fiery local favorite known as hot chicken in five heat levels, from Southern (no spice) to Shut the Cluck Up (not for the faint of heart). Round out your meal with draft beer, a comforting Southern side like pimento mac and cheese, and blackberry cobbler for a sweet finish.
This unassuming coffee shop serves breakfast dishes worth waking up for, as well as lighter lunch fare like salads and sandwiches. Try one of the house-baked pastries or the Banana Stuffed French Toast. This hearty take on a morning classic features thick slices of locally baked brioche, which are dunked in an eggy batter and fried until golden brown. The brioche is then slathered with Nutella and layered with bananas. A dollop of smooth mascarpone whipped cream completes the plate.
This bar delivers big on culinary creativity with its fresh spins on the classic burger. Try the John Belu-Cheese Burger, which stars a ground chuck-and-blue cheese patty that is battered and deep-fried, then dunked in Buffalo sauce to give it some bite. A topping of Pringles completes the creation.
Tuck into classic American comfort food at this casual joint. The most-indulgent dish on the menu is arguably the chicken and waffles. The chicken is battered in a pickle juice-laced mixture to kick up the Southern flavor, then blanched in pork lard and double-fried until extra crisp. The twice-fried bird comes nestled on Belgian-style waffles stuffed with housemade applewood-smoked bacon
Head here for decadent treats like the massive Pumpple Cake. Pie and cake are creatively (and deliciously) combined to form the Pumpple. A top layer of apple pie-stuffed vanilla cake is stacked atop a base of pumpkin pie-stuffed chocolate cake, with buttercream frosting holding this beauty together.
This restaurant has garnered a loyal legion of fans hungry for authentic Chinese cuisine. Devotees include Geoffrey Zakarian, who is particularly fond of the Kung Pao Chicken. The meat is fried in a wok to seal in the moisture, resulting in juicy morsels of chicken with a hint of crunch. The dish then is topped with a flurry of peanuts and black pepper, along with a secret sauce that adds “a sweet-sour, vinegary, spiced pop to it,” Geoffrey says.
Crowds flock here for the New American cuisine served with a side of whimsy. For an unforgettable dessert experience, order the Marie Antoinette Cotton Candy Head. A two-foot-high wig of cotton candy hair comes artfully arranged on a mannequin head and accompanied by a slice of rich vanilla cake.
“The Flavor Table is Mom’s cooking,” says Jaleel White, who heads to this home-style restaurant to indulge in a favorite comfort food mash-up: Peach Cobbler French Toast. Sugary peaches are simmered with fresh vanilla bean to make a rich filling that’s served with cinnamon-laced French toast.
When cravings for Thanksgiving food hit you, have no fear: The Bobbie sandwich served at Capriotti’s is sure to satisfy — and it’s available all year long. Every morning, a 24-pound turkey is roasted until it’s fall-apart tender, and then it’s shredded and piled high on soft Italian rolls. These holiday-worthy sandwiches are finished with housemade cranberry sauce and stuffing.
This unique Mexican-Asian fusion joint started as one of the top food trucks in California, but Komodo's bold-flavored cuisine became so popular that a brick-and-mortar location was opened to keep pace with demand. Any of the tacos, burritos or rice bowls are sure to satisfy, but one particularly filling option is the Brutus Salad. You won't find a bit of lettuce in this "salad"; instead, crispy fried Tater Tots are topped with tender steak and jalapeno aioli.