Winter is the perfect time of year to cozy up with some of
your favorite comfort foods, and Chicago is never in short supply of some of
the best dishes, from gooey mac ‘n cheese to indulgent chicken pot pie. If
you're in the mood for something warm and delightful, take a moment to check
out some of these Chicago restaurants for some truly great comfort food.
For Mac and Cheese...
Head north to Andersonville, home of Lady Gregory's and its delicious Lobster Mac
and Cheese. Baked, cheesy noodles with buttery chunks of lobster, truffle cream
sauce topped with a crunchy cornbread crust. Yum.
Stop by the Green
Door Tavern for a cup or bowl of their famous, old-fashioned chili. It's served
with a side of kidney beans, red onions, jalapenos and garlic bread. Lindy's Chili is a local favorite and has
been serving up heaping bowls of chili since 1924. You can order a traditional
bowl with or without beans, or have it served over pasta, nachos or fries.
At Rockit Bar & Grill, chili is a staple of the menu. And every year this place hosts a Chilifest featuring some unique, spicy and down-right-delicious recipes. Or head over to R.J. Grunts for a bowl of their "famous" chili. Honored as Chicago's best chili in 1979, this classic tastes as good as it did over 30 years ago. Why mess with the best?
For Grilled Cheese...
It's got to be Cheesie's
Pub & Grub. You could easily order the original sandwich, made with
American and Merkt's Cheddar melted on Texas toast. Or you could be adventurous
and try one of the many twists on this classic comfort food. The Napoleon
features cheddar, bleu cheese crumbles, tater tots, bacon and hot sauce; while
The Popper is made with cheddar, cream cheese, cheddar cheese sauce, fresh
jalapeno slices and bacon on sourdough bread. Enjoy any of these sandwiches
with a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup, perfect for dipping.
Another place to find the comforting combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup is Old Town Social. This dish is made with roasted poblanos, jack cheese and Grafton cheddar lovingly squeezed between a brioche bun, and paired with creamy tomato bisque. If that doesn't warm you right up, what will?
For Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes...
Opt for a place that puts its specialty right in its name. Honey Butter Fried Chicken serves up
traditional pieces of fried chicken with its signature honey butter and a corn
muffin. You can also get a side of grits or schmaltz smashed potatoes with
chicken fat gravy. Talk about stick-to-your-ribs deliciousness.
Inspired by the richness of Southern cooking, Big Jones serves up delicious fried chicken for lunch and dinner. You can get it a la carte with seasoned cornmeal dredge and served with a biscuit and homemade jam or as a sandwich with mayonnaise and lettuce on a soft egg bun.
For Chicken Pot Pie...
For that perfect mixture of meat, gravy and vegetables topped with a flaky pastry crust, head to Tavern at the Park. Their chicken pot pie is a customer favorite, with braised chicken, seasoned vegetables and madeira wine sauce.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, head to Tortoise Supper Club and try their signature wild pheasant pie, with slow-roasted shredded pheasant and root vegetables garnished with cripsy skin and a foie gras cognac sauce. Yum.
For Something Sweet...
You have to stop at Ann
Sather for a famous cinnamon roll. These hot, gooey, soft buns of soothing
goodness are loaded with icing and nearly impossible to resist. Hot Chocolate features a plethora
of baked goods, as well as a decadent dessert menu that includes dishes like
chocolate "souffled" tart with salted caramel ice cream and house made
pretzels. Round out the treat with a warm mug of, what else, hot chocolate,
available in a variety of flavors and served with house-made marshmallows.
There are many other great places around Chicago where you
can dive into some comfort food. Search the
various dining options and get eating.