When I think of the term comfort foods, unhealthy is the first thing that comes to mind.
According to Merriam Webster, comfort food is “food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.”
I wanted a better definition of the term so I turned to Urban Dictionary which says that comfort food is “defined as food that gives emotional comfort to the one eating it, these tend to be favorite foods of childhood, or linked to a person, place or time with which the food has a positive association.”
I’d tend to agree more with Urban Dictionary than Merriam Webster.
So what would I consider some of my favorite comfort foods? That’s a tough call! I’d probably go with mac & cheese, biscuits & gravy, pizza and homemade chocolate chip cookies (which have to be eaten warm).
I came across an article from Thrillist which really made me hungry! They go state by state sharing “The Unofficial Comfort Foods of Every State in America“.
I went through the article and noticed that I’ve tried a bunch of the foods mentioned in the article.
- Steamed Cheeseburgers- Connecticut
- Deep-Dish Pizza- Illinois
- Hot Brown- Kentucky
- Gumbo- Louisiana
- Lobster Roll- Maine
- New England Clam Chowder- Massachussetts
- Juicy Lucy- Minnesota
- Cheese Frenchee- Nebraska
- Anything from a Buffet- Nevada
- Buffalo Wings- New York
- Cheesesteak- Pennsylvania
- Johnny Cakes– Rhode Island
- Nashville Hot Chicken- Tennessee
- Fried Cheese Curds- Wisconsin
Here are a few of my favorites (which aren’t so surprising):
Being from New York, I found it strange that Thrillist picked Buffalo Wings as the state’s comfort food. I think pizza would be much more fitting.
Looking over the article, I also came across some comfort foods that I’d love to try.
- Cheese dip in Arkansas
- Loose-meat sandwich in Iowa
- Toasted ravioli in Missouri
What are your favorite comfort foods? Let us know in the comments below.
Find out about each state’s unofficial comfort food in the article by Thrillist HERE.