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6 Comfort Food Favorites

Nov 22, 2017 01:12PM

Wintry weather and hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare seem to be synonymous; after all, ‘tis the season to eat and be merry, right? Next time you need to curb those comfort food cravings, dig into the dishes below. In no particular order… 

“Alcohol-spiked sauce is always a good idea, especially when combined with heavy cream, crushed tomatoes and nutty Parmesan, and served atop al dente pasta. With each forkful of the Spicy Rigatoni alla Vodka (I recommend adding sausage) from Visconti’s Ristorante I’m transported to my happy food place. Decadent, with just a hint of spice, it’s the kind of meal you’ll think about long after the last bite.” viscontisristorante.com 

“The Chilaquiles Poblanos from Mexquite is the perfect dish for cooler months (or, for me, year-round!). Crispy corn tortillas (simmered with tomatillo salsa and cheese till they slightly soften) are topped with two over-medium eggs, onions, cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, queso fresco and a side of refried beans, resulting in a hodgepodge of flavors that keeps me wanting more.” mexquite.com 

Biscuits and Gravy is my go-to guilty pleasure, so when a restaurant makes them from scratch and succeeds, I’m a loyal customer forever. The Window Box Café in Rocklin passes my B&G test with flying colors. Fluffy yet sturdy enough to hold up to the lightly spiced gravy, I have to stop myself from licking the plate. Combined with the bright, cheery interior and friendly service, it embodies comfort in every way possible.” 916-672-9730  

“The Classic Meatloaf from Selland’s Market-Café tastes like home—only better. They use beef and pork and mix it with tomato, onion, cheddar and a blend of savory spices, resulting in a tender, tangy loaf that puts Gram’s version to shame. Order a side of Mashed Potatoes or Macaroni and Cheese (who are we kidding, I’m ordering both) and you’ll be in classic comfort food heaven.” sellands.com

Placerville Public House’s menu dedicates an entire section to macaroni and cheese—the ultimate comfort food. My fave is their Pub Mac and Cheese, with its creamy, savory, beer-cheesed penne that’s crisped golden and crunchy and served au gratin style. They also serve other mouthwatering varieties, including Caprese, Pulled Pork, Bacon and Bleu, and Spinach and Crab. And if you’re feeling guilty after consuming all that cheesy goodness? Fret not: Each order is served with a veggie-packed side salad.” placervillepublichouse.com 

Taste of Europe in Placerville is the epitome of comfort food. Almost everything is scratch-made with a whole lotta love, which comes through in both presentation and flavor. The Sauerkraut Soup—with its rich broth chock-full of sausage, onions, potatoes and kraut—envelopes your taste buds and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.” tasteofeurope.cz


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