11 restaurants redefining comfort food

The term “comfort food” may conjure up images of mom’s mac ’n’ cheese or cafeteria meatloaf, but some of the country’s best restaurants are turning out homey American dishes that are anything but ordinary.

Text by Chelsea Lin | Photo editing by Mike Hipple

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Dec 28, 2012 3:30PM
yummy.. I make my mac and cheese with smoked gouda.. I found the recipe on  a really funny website with lots of great recipes!  it is a site for a hilarious cookbook called " Get in the Kitchen, B!+@HES".. just google it.. it's hilarious.
Dec 28, 2012 3:02PM
Hmmm, What I see is an article that  looks at 11 restaurants around the US that  take the traditional notion of "comfort food" i.e. mac/cheese, grilled cheese, pork and beans, burgers, etc...and put a fresher, healthier, tastier spin on it with innovative recipes, using fresher, healthier ingredients and supporting local farms and communities. I see a number of negative comments here about "obesity" and over indulgence vs high price for ordinary foods that could be made at home. you're right, you "could" make them at home and, it would probably take you hours to preparation and months to master making the same dishes as well as these Professional Chefs who have spent years training for and practicing their craft.

you're right, these foods may be a littler higher end than a grilled sourdough jack from Jack In the Box but, that's the point. These restaurants are trying to bring new life to familiar foods, to make them healthier, more appetizing and flavorful while finding ways to support local growers and producers. so, why all the negativity people...seems to me all you did was look at the pictures and not read any of the actual information on the restaurants or their product. Way to go!

Dec 28, 2012 2:39PM

This is nothing but an advertisement for some restaurants.


Dec 28, 2012 2:36PM
Ohh let's waste our hard earned cash on stuff we make better and less expensive at home.  Really MSN?  I mean really?
Dec 28, 2012 2:04PM

AND..............................I cant spell too!!

Dec 28, 2012 2:04PM
All looks nasty to me!!! Well guess because I don't eat ANY cheese whatsoever...but my daugter says it all looks good.
Dec 28, 2012 2:01PM
i ahev ot tried this reciepe.......................................................yet !! Plan is tomorrow night'!!
Dec 28, 2012 1:40PM

I have yet to find a restaurant mac and cheese that is as good as promised.  The most luscious, creamy, cheesy pasta dish I've had was Olive Garden's cheese tortellini.  It was so rich I couldn't finish it and suffered an attack of lactose intolerance later that evening.


I'm not giving up on cheesy pasta.  Next time, I'll take a lactaid beforehand.

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