by Jonathan Baker - 319 Reviews - 185 List
For those us us living in the capital of the south, comfort food is a part of the year-round diet, but there is truly something magical about scarfing ultra-rich food when the temps begin to plummet. Thankfully for us, there is no shortage of hearty fare in Atlanta. We've got five foods that warm the soul, from a grown-up grilled cheese to an ultra-soothing Vietnamese soup (at So Ba, pictured).
Updated: January 03, 2011
No comfort food list is complete without at least one Italian choice, and while we love the high-brow eats of Sotto Sotto and Pricci, there is no comfier spot than Virginia Highland's La Tavola. Head over on Monday nights for Molto Monday, where you can get a heaping bowl of homemade pasta for only $10.
A modern ode to old-school Southern cuisine, JCT Kitchen woos us with comfort staples for lunch and dinner. For lunch, they do a grown-up grilled cheese that's accompanied by creamy tomato bisque; for dinner, a limited supply of pan-fried chicken that gets served with what just might be the best macaroni and cheese in the city.
This craft beer bar lodged underneath the White Provisions building has comfort written all over it. Besides serving up chocolate porters and a slew of games (bocce, shuffleboard anyone?), Ormsby's boasts our favorite gut-bomb in the city: fried pimento cheese and corn fritters. It tastes like a hushpuppy filled with gooey, cheesy goodness. `Nuff said.
What's more comforting than a hamburger? How about a burger that comes loaded with melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket? The brisket burger at Fox Bros. comes topped with bacon, tomato, red onion, pimento cheese and jalepeno mayo on a buttered bun. And those who want an extra dose of melty sinfulness shouldn't pass up the Tomminator--tater tots smothered in Brunswick stew and melted cheese.
Soups provide insta-comfort, and Vietnamese pho is our go-to comfort soup champion. Those who crave the stuff but don't want to trek it all the way out to Buford Highway should look no further than So Ba, in East Atlanta Village. This late night indie shack keeps the price points low ($7) and the portions massive. Like it should be.