Fried Chicken: Pies &Thighs
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No matter what’s got you craving comfort, fried chicken fits the bill. Pies & Thighs’ version is surprisingly un-greasy, crisp on the outside and super tender on the inside, each bite of a drumstick giving you just the right ratio of crunchy skin to juicy meat. The chicken biscuit makes eating a little easier, sandwiching a perfectly fried chicken breast cutlet in a fluffy biscuit, covered in hot sauce and honeyed butter… delicious. Feel comforted in no time.
Pasta: Otto Enoteca Pizzeria
Perhaps a little more upscale than what brings ‘comfort food’ to mind, but Otto is no joke when it comes to perfectly cooked al dente pasta – with reasonable prices. A great, casual atmosphere where the service is fantastic and will make you feel like VIP even when you feel like TP, Otto knows how to treat its customers and enjoys a lot of repeat customers for that very reason. The pizzas are fantastic as well, though pastas like spaghetti alla carbonara shows you that simplicity can just as well disperse the complexity of life into one swirling forkful of happiness.
Mac & Cheese S'mac
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Pasta covered in cheese sauce? Yes please! This is not your childhood mac&cheese from the blue box – nothing wrong with that, but when you’re feeling down, it’s nice to eat comfort food someone else has prepared lovingly. Perhaps you want to pick all your own add-ins; not to worry, S’mac has you covered, with a full list of choices in categories like herbs, veggies/condiments, meats/poultry/fish. Indulge, but most of all, enjoy, because what gives you grief is soon to flee in the face of this cheese monster.
Pie: Bubby's Pie Company
Bubby’s Pie Company has pies that are famed the country over, with people ordering them from all over to enjoy. Lucky for you, you can just go to the restaurant itself – either location – to give into the temptation of their pies. With pies like Michigan sour cherry pie, apple whiskey crumble pie, pumpkin praline pie, pecan maple pie and more (check the display case for flavors available that day), there is sure to be a pie here to satisfy any craving you have. And if that’s not comforting, well, what is?
Burgers: Brindle Room
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Sometimes all that will cure what ails ya is a good, meaty, juicy burger. Brindle Room has that in spades; the burgers, made with deckle fat, have an intense crust that with each bite will remind you of how juicy and how perfectly cooked they are. Topped simply with a slice of cheese (your choice of American, cheddar, Muenster, or swiss) and a small mound of caramelized onions, nothing else is necessary as you work your way through the incredibly juicy burger. Perhaps the fries on the side, but really, the main attraction is that burger, making your heart sing, and lifting even the darkest of spirits.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.