The air is crisp, your winter coat is out of storage, there’s frost on your windshield every morning…but don’t despair: It’s officially comfort food season!
I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite locally owned restaurants to get their comfort food fix are, and here’s what they said:
This week’s No. 1 spot is a tie between Nancy’s Home Cooking and 3 Brothers Diner.
Nancy’s has been a Columbus breakfast favorite since the late 1960s. The staff strives to make the diner a comfortable, friendly establishment with some of the best breakfast food around. Nancy’s is the epitome of a greasy spoon, so make sure to bring your appetite. Try the Chicken N Noodles.
3 Brothers Diner has only been around since 2017, but they’re making a big splash. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, so you know your meal is cooked to order. Viewers recommend the 3 Brother’s Roasted Chicken (half of a roasted chicken marinated with vinegar, onions, garlic and oregano and served with black beans, rice and homemade bread) for $12.
There’s nothing like taking a trip back in time while getting your comfort food fix and locally owned, Roaring 20s-themed restaurant Pat and Gracie’s fits that bill. Try the Pulled Pork Johnny Cake (a homemade cornbread pancake topped with fresh B+B pickles, smoked barbecue pork, and bleu cheese coleslaw drizzled and drizzled with homemade barbecue sauce).
Located in Plain City, Der Dutchman is known for Amish home-style cooking and that means they serve one of the ultimate comfort food dishes in the world: Noodles over mashed potatoes. Other Favorites include the Manhattan (choice of roast beef, pork, meatloaf or turkey for a hot sandwich served with mashed potatoes and covered with gravy) and the broasted chicken.
If there’s one food that sums up your childhood comfort food go-to, it’s probably meatloaf, and Cap City has one of the best meatloaf recipes around. You can’t go wrong ordering the famous large platter or the Diner Meatloaf Melt sandwich.
Hot Chicken Takeover has officially brought Nashville’s famous hot chicken to Columbus. The restaurant started as just a small pop-up chicken window in Olde Towne East and has expanded to three locations throughout Columbus. Even if you’re not in the mood for the hot chicken, there’s no way you’ll be able to pass up their Ma’s Mac.