Guide to Comfort Food in Philadelphia

By Tamara Anderson,

Comfort food reminds us of those cold days when only a nice bowl of chili topped with shredded cheddar can keep us warm and happy. These friendly locales give you the same feeling as soon as you walk through the door. The variety of  good-old fashioned “mom’s recipe” choices will keep you coming back for more. Here are the best Philly diners to get grub as good as mama makes.
Mac and Cheese
Good Dog Bar
224 South 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Nothing brings us back to childhood like a creamy bowl of mac and cheese. And no one (sans mom) does it better in Philly than Good Dog Bar in Rittenhouse Square. Dive into a gourmet bowl of gruyère, aged gouda and aged white cheddar mixed with a béchamel sauce and elbow pasta noodles sure to chase the winter chill away. To top it off, Good Dog adds baked corn flakes and serves up a side of warm blueberry cornbread. Be sure to play a game of pool or darts with friends before you leave.

Hop Angel Brauhaus
7980 Oxford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
(215) 437-1939

Combine the salty, delicious taste of bacon with the comforting, inviting flavors of meatloaf and you have Hop Angel Brauhaus’ masterful menu creation. Not only does this dish infuse 14 flavors of bacon, but it’s also topped off with a fried egg and onion sauce. While not necessarily a “comfort food” (unless you’re German, of course), Hop Angel’s schnitzel and sausages are also a must try. This Northeast Philly haunt features a beer garden perfect for relaxing with a cold brew in the warmer months.

Chicken Pot Pie
Molly Malloy’s
1136 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 525-1001

Creamy chicken stew wrapped up in  buttery pastry crust is what comfort food seekers will find at Molly Malloy’s. Located in the center of  the Reading Terminal Market, this pub is proud to serve up 24 beers on tap, plus great happy hour specials on craft brews, wines and cocktails. The menu also offers other comfort food staples like hand cut fries, chicken noodle soup, and a grilled cheese to die for: goat cheese, spinach, black pepper fennel and onion jam served on a brioche bun.

Chicken Fried Steak
Honey’s Sit-N-Eat
800 N 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Even the name of this Southern comfort food joint reminds you of home. Honey’s Sit-N-Eat holds up to its claim to offer Philadelphia’s “highest quality home cookin’ you’ll ever taste!” The chicken fried steak platter is served with a buttermilk biscuit and your choice of two sides (we recommend the homemade applesauce and string bean casserole with crunchy onions). Be sure to save room for dessert–the homemade corn bread and deep fried banana split will be calling your name.

Mashed Potatoes
700 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 223-5663

Diners are immediately transported to the set of The Brady Brunch when stepping into Jones restaurant in the Market East neighborhood. From the warm, inviting servers to the amazing variety of comfort food, dining at Jones makes customers feel instantly at home. Jones’ mashed potatoes melt in your mouth and the light flavor of butter and salt is just enough to make you forget your carb-counting for the day. Also on the menu are comfort food staples like the Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce), chicken pot pie and meatloaf.

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