comfort food


Definition of comfort food 

: food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal

Examples of comfort food in a Sentence

Pot roast and fried chicken are my favorite comfort foods. a restaurant that serves comfort food

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From morning till night, hungry patrons flock to these casual eateries to chow down on hearty comfort foods and people-watch from tables on outdoor terraces. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Parisian Bistro Is Disappearing," 12 July 2018 Culinary director Clark Gilbert describes it as cuisine grand-mere — that is, comfort food. Michael Klein,, "Louie Louie, an American bistro, opens in University City," 9 July 2018 Elkins' promotion is announced as several of her dishes debut on a new menu at Harold's, known for comfort foods with Texas and Southern influences. Houston Chronicle, "Harold’s gets new executive chef," 9 July 2018 Nearby, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. is part tasting room and part community center, with First Friday art openings, a rotating menu of creative comfort food and an all-around cool, local vibe. Anchorage Daily News, "Raise your glass to beer born and brewed in Alaska," 3 May 2018 Meatballs to pizza Babbo focuses on simple, Italian-American comfort food. Gwen Ashley Walters, azcentral, "Babbo Italian Eatery opens first Scottsdale location, 8th around Phoenix," 19 Apr. 2018 Scheduled to open this fall, Kitchen 1883 is a full-service dining experience that offers a fresh take on American comfort food. Sheila Vilvens,, "Kroger to open second Kitchen 1883 restaurant in Anderson Township," 4 Apr. 2018 Check out how to throw your own pop-up party with recipes from Stieber Eat Me Speak Me — Stieber’s move to SOS Tiki Bar has given new life and added hours to his witty takes on fine dining comfort food., "5 Atlanta pop-ups you need to try," 24 Feb. 2018 The cold weather inspires me to nourish myself with warm foods and there’s no better warm, comfort food than porridge. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Steel-Cut Oats and Chai Porridge," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of comfort food

1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of comfort food

: food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends

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