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

Recent Examples on the Web

Named after Fox’s daughter and his grandmother, the restaurant focuses on comfort food and family recipes. Hadley Tomicki,, "Jeremy Fox to open Birdie G's this week, Pizzana in WeHo and Leo's Tacos in the SFV," 18 June 2019 Serving Southern comfort food, including free bread pudding, specialty Father’s Day cocktails and a variety of boozy milkshakes. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here are 15+ spots around Louisville to grab some grub with Dad for Father's Day," 10 June 2019 Humans make it through the winter by stocking up on comfort food and firing up the DVR. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "It’s not just bears: These hibernating animals may surprise you," 7 Mar. 2019 Since then Gaskin has taken to trying a new restaurant each week (his newest Seattle favorite is The Wandering Goose, a southern comfort food stop). Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Myles Gaskin looking to take his game and Washington to the next level," 14 May 2018 Menasse’s roomy novel is set in contemporary Brussels, and its characters can often be found consuming throwback comfort foods like stoemp, a sausage and potato dish, and impenetrable stews such as waterzooi and bigos, and sighing with happiness. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Capital’ Is a Sharp Political Satire About Europe at This Perilous Moment," 10 June 2019 Donas combines Latin comfort food with nostalgia … and plenty of sugar. Theo Stroomer, National Geographic, "This is the donut capital of the United States," 5 June 2019 The menu focuses on organic, locally grown fare with an emphasis on comfort food, such as French toast, Benedicts, tacos and pizzas (salads too). Washington Post, "Why you should visit Columbus, Ohio," 13 June 2019 The restaurant specializes in Southern comfort food, including breakfast options like Chorizo Hash, Organic Oatmeal Pancakes, and Smoked Salmon Scramble. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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