7 Stellar Spots for Comfort Food This Fall
It’s time to slip into your stretchy pants! This month is all about chowing down on your favorite comfort foods, whether it be a syrup-soaked stack of french toast for brunch or a fully-loaded Mac “N” Cheese for dinner. Calories don’t count during the holidays, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local spots for a cozy and comforting meal. Dig in!
Known for their stacked menu of comfort food classics, Tavern House Kitchen + Bar is the go-to for delicious belly-warming eats. This fall, you can feast on American dishes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Waffles, Short Rib Stroganoff and Maine Lobster, Langoustine and White Corn Bisque. Whether you’re stopping in for a hearty brunch or a sunset dinner, Tavern House knows how to whip up a decadent meal. Take in views of the harbor on the heated patio or cozy up in a booth inside—no matter where you choose to dine, you’ll leave with a full belly.
When it comes to indulging, nobody does it quite like Bosscat Kitchen + Libations. This industrial-chic spot puts a crafty spin on American comfort food, offering a decadent brunch and delicious dinner. Feast on tasty a.m. bites like their “Fruity Pebbles” French Toast, Short Rib Chilaquiles or Donut Burger. And if you’re not one for a filling breakfast, stop in for dinner and indulge in starters like Cornbread Madeleines and Pulled Pork Hush Puppies and entrees like the Gold Medal Chicken Sandwich, Gulf Shrimp & Grits or Sugar Barrel Steak. Don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants.
This time-honored establishment sits on Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue and has remained an island favorite for more than 35 years. Serving a breadth of classic American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wilma’s Patio Restaurant is an ideal spot to gather with friends or family and enjoy a hearty meal. Grab a table on the heated patio and enjoy a bowl of their tasty New England Clam Chowder, delicious pot roast or a basket of their beer-battered fish and chips! You’ll love the laid-back atmosphere of this charming island locale.
Need a reason to brunch? Fashion Island’s The Great Maple is reason enough! Come with a “go big or go home” mentality because this buzzy restaurant serves up all sorts of mouthwatering dishes. From their famous maple bacon doughnuts to their Cajun Shrimp Biscuit Benedict, there’s no shortage of decadence at The Great Maple. And Newport Beach brunch lovers can rejoice as this hotspot serves their brunch classics all day long!
With locations in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, it’s no surprise Eat Chow is a local favorite when it comes to comfort food! The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and does all of them well. If you’re stopping in for a morning bite, try the Lemon Mascarpone French Toast made with an almond encrusted baguette, mascarpone cheese, lemon curd, fresh berries and sweet red wine gastrique—a flavorful masterpiece! And if it’s a satisfying lunch or dinner you crave, Eat Chow’s Fig & Brie Panini, Chimichurri Skirt Steak and Truffle Mac “N” Cheese are all sure to hit the spot.
Set in a space built in the 1920s, A Restaurant is a time-honored eatery with cozy leather booths and an inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is known for its seasonally-inspired, New American menu with dishes highlighting local farms and purveyors. Chef Robert Gomez and his team are constantly updating the menu based on the season’s bounty, but a few comfort food classics you can depend on are the Boneless Ribeye, Niman Ranch Pork Chop and Scottish Salmon. Meat eaters are sure to love A Restaurant’s prime cuts!
Pizza and pasta sure do hit the spot during the colder months! And if you find yourself craving authentic Italian, Mama D’s knows how to whip up the favorites. With dishes like Margarita Pizza with tomato, basil and buffalo mozzarella to classic spaghetti and meatballs, you’re sure to find something to please your palate and soothe your soul.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger