The Best Spot for Comfort Food in Every State

Best Comfort-Food Restaurants


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Best Comfort-Food Restaurants

Guilty Pleasures Galore

"Comfort food" means many things to different people, and it can also look a little different depending where you travel. Whether you find it at a hole-in-the-wall diner, your favorite family restaurant or somewhere else, one thing is for sure: It's not usually diet fare. From chicken-fried steak to pizza, cinnamon rolls to poutine, we've tracked down menus from coast to coast replete with some of the tastiest indulgences you'll find anywhere. Please share your favorites in the comments. 

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Alabama: Martha's Place

Alabama: Martha's Place

If you want your fill of Southern home cooking, look no further than Martha's Place. A buffet of rotating favorites includes main dishes like chicken and dumplings, turkey and dressing, and liver and onions; sides run the gamut from fried okra and candied yams to sweet potato soufflé and creamed corn.

Popular picks: Don't pass up the fried chicken, and if you haven't stuffed yourself silly, finish with the banana pudding, Tripadvisor reviewers advise.

Captain Pattie's Fish House, Homer, Alaska

Alaska: Captain Pattie's Fish House

In Alaska, seafood and comfort food are synonymous. Get your fill at Captain Pattie's, where the traditional fare like baked salmon, fried halibut and burgers is as satisfying as the mountain and sea views right out the door. It's only open seasonally, so be sure to come during the summer.

Popular picks: Take the chill off with a warm cup of clam chowder, and don't miss the fresher-than-fresh crab legs, reviewers say.

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Baja Café, Tucson, Arizona
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Arizona: Baja Café

If you're looking for comfort food with a southwestern spin, Baja Café aims to please with a from-scratch menu that earns raves from regulars. Love eggs benedict? There's a whole page to choose from, many given a local twist with ingredients like jalapeno bacon, red chile sauce or pico de gallo. Lunch can be a taco as easily as a burger, and yes, there are margaritas at the ready.

Popular picks: Reviewers can't stop raving about the snickerdoodle pancakes; the huevos rancheros are also a crowd pleaser.

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Stoby's Restaurant, Russellville, Arkansas

Arkansas: Stoby's Restaurant

The yummy food is enough to draw folks to Stoby's, but in Russellville, there's an additional draw: You can sit in a real train car and watch model trains chug by while you eat. And eat you will, whether you want a thick stack of pancakes, an omelet, a burger, or the restaurant's signature sandwich (your choice of bread, three meats, and two cheeses, plus tomato, lettuce and special dressing).

Popular picks: Don't miss the possum pie, an Arkansas classic. (Don't worry — it involves chocolate and whipped cream, actual possums need not apply.)

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Hangtown Fry at Tadich Grill San Francisco Comfort Food
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California: Tadich Grill

San Francisco
Dating back to the California Gold Rush, the Tadich Grill is one of the world's "10 Great Classic Restaurants Well Worth Visiting," according to Forbes, and it's also known as one of the best places for the unique California comfort-food dish called the Hangtown Fry, consisting of eggs, bacon, and oysters. 

Popular picks: Cioppino, crab cakes, fried clams, and liver and onions.

River and Woods
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Colorado: River and Woods

Housed in a cute-as-a-button cottage, River and Woods is a homey destination for anyone who appreciates comfort food elevated just a bit beyond its humble origins. Examples include trout with smoked oyster mushrooms, or poutine sprinkled with green chili queso.

Popular picks: The duck wings, embellished with a dry garlic sauce, are a surprisingly tasty alternative to regular wings, reviewers say

Blue Colony Diner
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Connecticut: Blue Colony Diner

In a state full of great diners, longtime favorite Blue Colony is just right: It's family-run, open 24 hours, an easy stop off the highway, and caters to all tastes with a massive menu, in-house bakery, and extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails. Whether you want breakfast, salads or sandwiches, dinner entrees or a fat slice of cake or pie, they've got you covered.

Popular picks: The "to die for" French toast, made with homemade challah bread, or one of the Greek specialties like spanakopita or a gyro wrap. Take one of the enormous apple turnovers to go.

Delaware: Frederica Pizza And Pasta House

Delaware: Frederica Pizza and Pasta House

Pizza and pasta are staple comfort foods for many, especially on the East Coast. At Frederica Pizza and Pasta, in a tiny town just outside of Dover, the gang's all here: calzones, old-school classics like veal parmigiana, pizzas of all stripes, cheesesteaks, subs, and wings.

Popular picks: Unsurprisingly, the pizza is the main crowd pleaser, but if you're lucky, homemade cream puffs will be among the night's dessert selections.

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Alabama Jack's, Key Largo, Florida

Florida: Alabama Jack's

Key Largo 
It's a bit of a swamp bar floating on two barges among the mangroves, but the lively watering hole Alabama Jack's has been around for more than 50 years. The brightly colored, no-fuss shack is a time warp to Old Florida along Card Sound Road — aka the scenic route from Miami to Key Largo — with a healthy mix of locals, bikers, retirees, families, and boats tied up in the back. In addition to a breezy atmosphere and legendary conch fritters, you'll also find crab cakes, steamed shrimp, fried fish sandwiches, and plenty of cold beer to go around.

Popular picks: Conch fritters and crab cakes 

The Colonnade, Atlanta, Georgia
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Georgia: The Colonnade

This family-owned spot has been serving up Southern home cooking like fried chicken, liver, short ribs, and pot roast in an unpretentious atmosphere since 1927. It attracts a large, diverse crowd, and reviewers say it's best to pass the wait for a table at the friendly, well-stocked bar.

Popular picks: Don't miss the fried chicken, reviewers say — it's the specialty of the house. Traditional sides like collard greens and fried okra also have legions of fans.

Related: Best Fried Chicken in Every State

Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Hawaii: Rainbow Drive-In

In notoriously pricey Hawaii, Rainbow Drive-In is one of the best-known spots for tasty, humble fare at a reasonable price. This long-standing local favorite opened in 1961 slinging 50-cent chili dogs, and today it's best known for hearty plate lunches of fish, pork and other staples served up with rice and macaroni salad or coleslaw.

Popular picks: Hawaiian comfort food is synonymous with loco moco, and it's a stalwart on the Rainbow's menu. You'll get rice topped with a hamburger patty, an egg, and plenty of indulgent gravy.

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Jimmy's Down The Street, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Idaho: Jimmy's Down The Street

Coeur d'Alene
This is the place to go for breakfast or lunch if you're craving from-scratch cooking like chicken-fried steak, scrambles, burgers and BLTs in a family-friendly atmosphere. There may be a line to get in, but locals say it's worth the wait.

Popular picks: Stop in for an Irish benedict — that's jalapeno cornbread topped with corned beef, eggs, and hollandaise. And the massive Southern pecan rolls are a meal by themselves.

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Old Route 66 Family Restaurant, Dwight, Illinois

Illinois: Old Route 66 Family Restaurant

"Follow the Mother Road to Great Food!" proclaims this cheerful restaurant in tiny Dwight, southwest of Chicago. Some of the recipes have been passed down over three generations, and you'll find favorites like steak and eggs, burgers, and liver and onions. If you're into Route 66 history, don't miss the restored Texaco station across the street.

Popular picks: The house specialty is broasted chicken — get it by the bucket if you're especially hungry or feeding a crowd.

Historic Steer-In, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indiana: Steer-In

Recipes for coleslaw and coconut cream pie dating from the '60s are still on the menu at the Steer-In, a modest time warp of a spot on Indy's east side. Cozy up in one of the worn booths or head through the drive-thru. In a nod to changing times, there's even online delivery.

Popular picks: Chow down on the much-lauded Hoosier tenderloin sandwich: That's breaded or grilled fresh pork tenderloin with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun.

Breitbach's Country Dining, Balltown, Iowa

Iowa: Breitbach's Country Dining

Tucked away in a tiny town northwest of Dubuque, Breitbach's claims to be Iowa's oldest restaurant. Opened in 1852, it's on its sixth generation of family ownership and has been twice rebuilt after two devastating fires just 10 months apart. The menu is filled with simple family fare like pork chops, country ham, burgers, and melts.

Popular picks: The pork tenderloin sandwich has claimed statewide honors, and the homemade pies come highly recommended, too.

Hanover Pancake House
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Kansas: Hanover Pancake House

For four decades, Hanover Pancake House has been one of the best spots in the Sunflower State for lip-smacking breakfast favorites like chicken and waffles, cinnamon roll French toast, and mini M&M pancakes. There are also lunch staples like patty melts and pork tenderloin sandwiches. Look for the retro sign — it's a local landmark.

Popular picks: Can't decide whether to go sweet or savory? A pancake wrap, filled with things like eggs, cheese, sausage, and bacon means you don't have to choose. 

Greyhound Tavern, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky
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Kentucky: Greyhound Tavern

Fort Mitchell
A perennial favorite in northern Kentucky, Greyhound Tavern has been around since 1921, when it served ice cream at the end of the line for Cincinnati street cars. Today it's a family-friendly favorite for lunch and dinner on weekdays; on weekends, an extensive brunch menu is added to the lineup.

Popular picks: The fried chicken might be the most popular dish, but for a regional favorite, try the Hot Brown — that's ham or turkey over toast points, smothered with béchamel, cheddar, bacon, and tomato.

Herby K's, Shreveport, Louisiana

Louisiana: Herby-K's

This retro little Shreveport institution proudly calls itself a hole in the wall, and the eclectic ambience inside won't disappoint. Neither will the well-reviewed food, a mix of Cajun, Southern, and old-school diner favorites. The menu is packed with catfish, crab, shrimp, burgers, and po'boys; many evenings also feature oysters on the half shell.

Popular picks: Don't pass up the Shrimp Buster, a house specialty since 1945. You'll get fried shrimp heaped high on buttery French bread, plus fries, coleslaw and a special sauce.

Red's Eats, Wiscasset, Maine
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Maine: Red's Eats

Family-run Red's, with its iconic red-and-white awning, has been a seasonal Main Street institution in Wiscasset for more than 80 years. The menu is full of classics, from burgers, hot dogs and BLTs to local favorites like clam cakes, scallops, and shrimp baskets. There's no inside seating, but grabbing a spot overlooking the Sheepscot River is part of the experience.

Popular picks: Plenty of places claim to have Maine's best lobster roll; reviewers say Red's claim is definitely legit. Follow it with a whoopie pie, another Maine classic. 

Koco's Pub, Baltimore, Maryland
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Maryland: Koco's Pub

This corner pub is hard to miss, with its bright yellow exterior and parrot-festooned sign and door. It's so popular that reservations are highly recommended, but one look at the homey menu of burgers, wings, ribs, crab cakes, and crab soup may convince you to make the call.

Popular picks: Get the crab cakes, full stop. They're huge, creamy, and trumpeted by many to be the best in Baltimore, or maybe even the state.

Dino's, Boston, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts: Dino's Cafe

Italian comfort food isn't in short supply in Boston's North End, but if you just want a casual place to face-plant into some gnocchi, fettuccini, or an enormous sub, Dino's is your spot. A corner storefront with counter service, it's a great place for a quick bite in a neighborhood where fancier spots reign.

Popular picks: The much-lauded meatball sub is big enough to feed two or three people, but reviewers say the pasta dishes also hold their own.

Polish Village Café, Hamtramck, Michigan
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Michigan: Polish Village Café

For years, the family-owned Polish Village Café has provided a comforting culinary taste of home for Detroit's Eastern European immigrants. Regulars say it's still the place to come for authentic Polish cooking at a great price, from stuffed cabbage to potato pancakes.

Popular picks: Try any of the pierogis, reviewers say. Many also recommend the stuffed cabbage and kielbasa. 

Canadian Honker, Rochester, Minnesota

Minnesota: Canadian Honker

Just across the street from the Mayo Clinic, you'll find some of Minnesota's most comforting grub and friendly customer service at Canadian Honker. Opened in the '80s, it's named after the giant geese that are so ubiquitous in Rochester. The menu is equally gigantic, filled with unfussy fare like sweet rolls, omelets, breakfast burritos, open-faced sandwiches and modest steaks.

Popular picks: The dinner specialty is the Canadian walleye — you can get it five ways, including fried or broiled. For dessert, don't pass up the coconut cake.  

The Dinner Bell, McComb, Mississippi

Mississippi: The Dinner Bell

Picture a table of your favorite Southern dishes, like ribs, catfish, okra, yams, dumplings and mac 'n' cheese. Now picture them spinning on that table before you, in a never-ending parade of homestyle goodness. The dream becomes a reality at The Dinner Bell, where giant lazy Susans hold a feast for the entire table, with each dish constantly replenished as it gets low.

Popular picks: Fried eggplant is a staple of each day's menu and a perennial favorite.

Charlie Gitto's on the Hill in St. Louis, Missouri
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Missouri: Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill

St. Louis
If a plate full of pasta isn't great comfort food, we don't know what is. Charlie Gitto's has been serving traditional Italian food in St. Louis since 1981. Elegant enough for a special occasion, the restaurant still serves truly authentic dishes. Don't miss the toasted ravioli, one of the house specialties. 

Popular picks: Diners also praise the veal dishes, seafood pasta, and cannoli.

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Minnie's Montana Café, Thompson Falls, Montana

Montana: Minnie's Montana Café

Thompson Falls
Every small town needs a place on Main Street where you can grab some homemade comfort food and chat up the friendly waitstaff — in Thompson Falls, that place is Minnie's. Whether you want French toast or biscuits and gravy, hot ham and Swiss or a hearty club, they have you covered.

Popular picks: "I had the cinnamon roll and immediately proposed marriage to the cook," raves one Tripadvisor reviewer. Bring your appetite — they're almost as big as the dinner plates on which they're served.

Hi-Way Diner, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Nebraska: Hi-Way Diner

Day or night, Hi-Way Diner will be open to feed you with a menu heavy on comfort-food favorites like chicken-fried steak, meatloaf, cheesesteaks, and patty melts. Breakfast is served all day. You'll find everyone from college students seeking a late-night haven for studying to post-bar revelers and early-morning regulars.

Popular picks: The Hot Stripper sandwich (yes, it's a sandwich) is three chicken strips smothered with sausage gravy served open faced on grilled Texas toast.

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Hash House A Go Go, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Nevada: Hash House A Go Go

Las Vegas
It's Vegas, baby, so your typical Midwest comfort food gets a Sin City spin at Hash House A Go Go. The portions are huge (think pancakes the size of a tractor steering wheel) and the libations are plentiful (BLT Mary, anyone?). If you're skeptical, check out the accolades this place has earned, including best brunch, best Bloody Mary, and yes, best comfort food.

Popular picks: Reviewers say the towering chicken and waffles is a stunner, both in size and taste. 

Petey's Summertime Seafood and Bar, Rye, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire: Petey's Summertime Seafood and Bar

Sure, you have to wait for fair weather to enjoy the comfort-food goodness at Petey's, but that just makes the menu of lobster rolls, fried crab cakes, baked scallops, and parmesan truffle fries all the more mouth-watering. They'll even ship live lobsters anywhere — they catch them themselves.

Popular picks: Down a cup of clam chowder to start, then gobble the delectable fried clams, reviewers advise.

Hobby's Deli & Restaurant, Newark, New Jersey

New Jersey: Hobby's Deli & Restaurant

When your comfort-food dreams include heaping piles of pastrami and matzo ball soup, family-run Hobby's in downtown Newark is a top choice in a state where competition among delis is stiff. But the wide-ranging menu means you can also grab a burger or hot dog, poutine, mac and cheese, and even eggplant parmesan. Devils fan? There's a pre-game celebration before every hockey game and the Prudential Center is just a block away.

Popular picks: Yes, the pastrami on rye is every bit as good as it should be, reviewers say; the corned beef is no slouch, either. 

Frontier Restaurant
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New Mexico: Frontier Restaurant

There's plenty of room to spread out at Frontier, which seats 300 and still manages to attract a line sometimes. That may be because the food at this 40-year staple near the University of New Mexico, including regional fare and comfort-food classics, is just that good.

Popular picks: The much-loved Frontier Burrito is stuffed with beef and beans, then topped with cheese and green chile stew. Also a favorite: the gooey cinnamon rolls. 

Patsy's Pizza, New York City, New York
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New York: Patsy's Pizzeria

New York
If someone tells you the king of New York City comfort food is anything other than a massive slice of thin-crust pizza, you can promptly tell them to fuhgeddaboudit. Low-key landmark Patsy's in East Harlem is still dishing out some of the city's best pies from its coal ovens, plus every stripe of pasta, subs, and entrees like chicken marsala.

Popular picks: Pizza, of course: Your only decision is whether you want a slice or a whole pie. And if a 16-inch pizza seems like too much of an indulgence for one, remember, it's thin crust. You've got this. 

Casey's Buffet Barbecue & Homecooking, Wilmington, North Carolina

North Carolina: Casey's Buffet Barbecue & Homecookin'

Every day at family-run Casey's is another chance to loosen that belt a notch or two thanks to endless barbecue pork, chitlins, pan-fried okra, pig feet, and too many other homestyle Southern favorites to list. The restaurant also has an extensive to-go menu, plus it caters events.

Popular picks: "I don't even like sweet potato casserole and I could eat my weight in theirs," raves one reviewer. Other favorites: fried chicken and all of the many cobblers. 

Kroll's Diner, Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota: Kroll's Diner

Kroll's, open since 1969, is a classic American diner with a German accent: Whether you want comfort food in the form of sauerkraut or sandwiches, they have you covered. It's also easy on the wallet, with cheap lunch specials like patty melts, burgers, BLTs, and biscuits and gravy.

Popular picks: Affectionately called the "lumpy yellow soup," Knoephla soup is made from a chicken and potato base, with dumplings thrown in for extra heartiness.

The Schoolhouse, Camp Dennison, Ohio
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Ohio: The Schoolhouse

Camp Dennison
If you've ever had a hankering for a family-style meal served up in a Civil War-era classroom, head to The Schoolhouse just outside Cincinnati. The menu is scrawled on the blackboard and features stick-to-your-ribs fare like corn fritters, fried green tomatoes, meatloaf and ham. A lazy Susan on each table makes sharing easier.

Popular picks: The fried chicken is the house specialty. Follow it up with some blackberry or cherry cobbler — à la mode, of course.

Kendall's Restaurant, Noble, Oklahoma

Oklahoma: Kendall's Restaurant

This family restaurant south of Oklahoma City has been going strong for three decades. Take note: It's only open four days a week (Wednesday through Saturday) and it doesn't take credit cards, but devotees don't care because of the huge lunch and dinner portions and fresh, fluffy cinnamon rolls.

Popular picks: Kendall's is famous for its chicken-fried steak and even has a Chicken Fry Challenge: Down three plate-sized chicken-fried steaks, a double order of mashed potatoes and green beans, a biscuit, a salad, and two cinnamon rolls in one hour. You'll get a free meal, a T-shirt and plenty of bragging rights.

Screen Door, Portland, Oregon
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Oregon: Screen Door

Screen Door specializes in Southern comfort food with a Pacific Northwest spin — the latter meaning plenty of locally sourced produce and meats. The line can get hairy, especially during popular weekend brunch hours, but glancing at the menu of glazed hushpuppies, sweet potato waffles, gumbo, and more will tell you why.

Popular picks: Come for the chicken and waffles, stay for ... more chicken and waffles. They're that good, reviewers say. Lunch and dinner favorites include the brisket and mac and cheese.

Miller's Smorgasbord, Ronks, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania: Miller's Smorgasbord

A Lancaster County landmark, Miller's is a must for hungry visitors to Pennsylvania Dutch country. Peruse the smorgasbord and you'll find baked ham, chicken pot pie, baked cabbage, buttered noodles, Swedish meatballs, and plenty of homemade breads, pies, puddings, and other desserts. Don't want to wait? You can even reserve a table online.

Popular picks: The fried chicken is a perennial crowd-pleaser, according to Tripadvisor reviewers. They also say you can't go without downing a slice of chocolate pecan pie, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Flo's Clam Shack, Middletown, Rhode Island
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Rhode Island: Flo's Clam Shack

One of Coastal Living's "Best Seafood Dives in Rhode Island," Flo's Clam Shack has been battered by several hurricanes since its opening in 1936. A seasonal favorite, it remains one of the top places in the state to indulge a craving for fried seafood or a steaming bowl of "chowda."

Popular picks: The fried clams are hard to beat. If you want to try everything, the Fisherman's Platter offers fried clams, clam strips, calamari, shrimp, scallops, fish, and a clam cake. 

South Carolina: Workmen's Cafe
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South Carolina: Workmen's Cafe

James Island
Just outside of central Charleston, locals line up at the cafeteria-style Workmen's Cafe at lunchtime for classic Lowcountry dishes including fried pork chops, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf and biscuits. The chef, Angie Bellinger, learned everything she knows from her mother, and she makes all the food from scratch.

Popular picks: The lima beans with pork are Bellinger's most classic dish, and the fried chicken has diners raving. Don't forget to treat yourself to a banana pudding or peach cobbler after your meal, if you have room for dessert.

Phillips Avenue Diner, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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South Dakota: Phillips Avenue Diner

Sioux Falls
If you're a fan of the classic diner atmosphere, Phillips Avenue Diner should be your first stop in Sioux Falls. From the shiny chrome stools to the retro booths and neon lights, it's all here — and so is the menu of hearty favorites, including some slightly more regional fare like poutine, and cheese curds.

Popular picks: The chicken and waffles get the nod for breakfast. Phillips also boasts some of the best milkshakes in the state.

Loveless Café, Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee: Loveless Café

This longtime Nashville favorite has cemented its place as the home of "hot biscuits and country ham," but the menu is packed with plenty more Southern comfort-food favorites, like country ham, barbecue, and a pimento cheese burger. Don't be surprised if you have to wait an hour or more at peak times, though — tourists have found the spot, but locals keep coming, too.

Popular picks: The country ham, served with two eggs, red-eye gravy, the eponymous biscuits, and one other side — all of it is worth the hype, reviewers confirm. Also tantalizing taste buds: The pulled pork.

Hays City Store, Driftwood, Texas
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Texas: Hays City Store

Hays City Store has a formidable comfort-food neighbor in the form of Salt Lick BBQ, one of the state's most iconic restaurants. But if you're looking for more than barbecue, this is a great spot to come take a load off at a picnic table under the huge oaks outside. You can get everything from Frito pie and pulled pork to fish tacos and enchiladas; later in the day, a wood-fired oven churns out pizzas. The cocktails are nothing to sneeze at, either.

Popular picks: The chicken-fried steak is the hands-down favorite, and the thickly battered onion rings also have their fair share of fans.

Angie's Restaurant, Logan, Utah
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Utah: Angie's Restaurant

Angie's bills itself as the place "where the locals eat," and reviewers say that's true: Everyone just keeps coming back — some several times a week — for the massive menu and friendly service. If you're feeling adventurous, try the Kitchen Sink Challenge: You'll be eating a 3-pound ice-cream sundae for bragging rights and a bumper sticker.

Popular picks: One of Angie's specialties is its scones — which in Utah means giant slabs of deep-fried dough, not some dainty British pastries served with high tea. Choose from traditional, cinnamon and sugar, or cheesecake. The chicken also comes highly recommended.

Sarducci's in Montpelier, Vermont
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Vermont: Sarducci’s

Busy Sarducci's offers lovely views of the Winooski River while serving hearty home-style Italian fare. Favorites include the crab ravioli with shrimp and the thin-crust pizza. Frequent diners say there's often a line, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to avoid a wait. 

Popular picks: Diners praise Sarducci's seafood pasta, and linguine and fettuccine alfredo.

Peanut Pie Virginia Diner in Wakefield
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Virginia: Virginia Diner


Peanut pie is a favorite comfort food in Old Dominion. Virginia began commercial peanut production in the early 1800s and continues to put peanuts center stage at Virginia Diner. It’s famous for peanut pie, which features fresh peanuts cooked into an oozing filling topped with caramelized peanuts on a flaky crust, a perfect complement to its hearty Southern fried chicken and homestyle meatloaf.  

Popular picks: The diner's ham biscuits have been described as divine with reviewers saying it's the kind of fare you'd expect from your grandmother. 

Skillet Diner, Seattle, Washington
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Washington: Skillet Diner

If you want your comfort food with a little bit of a high-brow twist, Seattle's Skillet Diner in Capitol Hill is ready to wow you. For instance, the basic burger comes with bacon jam, bleu cheese and arugula on a brioche roll; fried chicken comes with a black pepper honey drizzle, roasted carrots, fingerling potatoes, arugula, mustard vinaigrette and a cornmeal waffle.

Popular picks: The Chub sandwich is a popular brunch pick: It's bacon, brie, American cheese, egg, arugula, bacon jam, and jalapeno aioli on brioche. Need a little more protein? Add fried chicken.

Dem 2 Brothers And A Grill in Charleston, West Virginia
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West Virginia: Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill

Adrian Wright, a former NFL player, owns Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill. He started selling barbecue on a roadside stand, and it soon expanded to two restaurants and two food trucks. The well-charred ribs topped with hot or mild sauce are the stars here, along with its soul-food sides. Braised collard greens, dirty rice, and mashed sweet potato casserole are all exceptional. 

Popular picks:  Their brisket, pulled pork, spicy sauce, and mac and cheese earn heavy praise from customers.

Wisconsin: The Grumpy Troll

Wisconsin: The Grumpy Troll

Mount Horeb
In Wisconsin, cheese is the star when it comes to comfort food. The Grumpy Troll brew pub offers beer mac and cheese, local cheese curds, a 1½-pound pretzel with beer cheese sauce, and more. In addition to the great food, you can also enjoy their award-winning beers on tap.

Popular picks: The beer cheese soup, made with house ale and Andouille sausage, has been lauded by Travel Wisconsin.

Cowboy Café, Dubois, Wyoming

Wyoming: Cowboy Café

Cowboy Café is an easy stop for those who want to fuel up on the way to or from the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It looks every bit the part of a well-worn Western cafe, so you might be surprised to find it's only been around since the '90s. The indulgent menu doesn't disappoint, with breakfast galore, burgers, patty melts, and ribs.

Popular picks: Try something with a local spin, like the buffalo burger or an omelet made with spicy elk sausage.

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