While the world around us may be constantly changing each and every day, there is nothing like the satisfaction you feel from enjoying a meal of your favorite comfort food. Unpretentious and predictable, yet immensely soothing, comfort foods remind us of simpler times and of comforting childhood memories. Although everyone will have their own personal favorite, OROGOLD has rounded up some of the best places in the US that serve up comfort food like nowhere else.
Mac & Cheese at Beecher’s, Seattle and New York
While macaroni and cheese may have actually originated in France, it has definitely earned its right to be called one of America’s favorite comfort foods, especially considering the fact that the US has a National Mac and Cheese Day each July! Simple, warming and satisfying, mac and cheese is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and can be found all over the country in a variety of styles. While it may be difficult to choose the best one in the US, OROGOLD’s favorite is at Beecher’s, which has a location in both Seattle and New York. Made with penne pasta, the two cheeses used are produced by the restaurant/cheese producer themselves, guaranteeing that they are of the highest quality. With customers from all over globe claiming that Beecher’s makes the ‘world’s best mac and cheese’, this is one that OROGOLD highly recommends you try!
Chicken & Waffles at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Miami Beach and Las Vegas
While the origins of the fried chicken and waffle combination is unknown, there is no denying that this classic American comfort food, with its harmonious balance of sweet and salty flavors, is always a delight to the taste buds. The James Beard nominated Yardbird, which you can find in Miami Beach as well as Las Vegas, gets OROGOLD’s vote for the best chicken and waffles that we’ve tasted. Their chicken used is raised naturally and organically, and is coated in a secret blend of spices and flour before being fried to absolute perfection. The chicken, cheddar cheese waffle, honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup are served with a helping of chilled spiced watermelon, which adds a whole new dimension to this dish that we thought simply couldn’t get any better!
Chocolate Chip Cookies at Emeril’s Delmonico, New Orleans
Chocolate chip cookies need no introduction, and delicious versions can not only easily be found at bakeries all over the country, but can also be made at home in no time at all. However, for those of you that want to indulge in one of the best chocolate chip cookies that you will have ever tasted, OROGOLD recommends a visit to Emeril’s Delmonico in New Orleans, Louisiana. Made with a mouthwatering mix of semi-sweet, milk, white and dark chocolate chips, the added salt and walnuts give them a sweet, salty and nutty flavor all at once. Of course, chocolate chip cookies wouldn’t be quite the comfort food without a glass of milk, which is why Emeril’s “from the oven chocolate chip cookie” is served with ice cold vanilla milk, perfect for any time of the day.
While indulging in some comfort food at a restaurant may be a great treat, these dishes can all be recreated at home, so if you don’t live near to any of the places mentioned above, don’t be afraid to try out similar recipes in your own kitchen!