10 American Comfort Foods with a Kick

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10 American Comfort Foods with a Kick

Homemade Biscuits (Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.)
Gustina "Miss Gussie" Harmon has been baking her famous rolls for more than two decades at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md.

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Grilled Cheese (The Queens Kickshaw, Queens, N.Y.)
New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple who want a gourmet twist on grilled cheese need look no further than the Steinway stop on the R train, just a few minutes from Times Square.

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Pigs-in-a-Blanket (Puka Dog, Kauai, Hawaii)
They’re always a surefire hit at parties, but who can ever get enough of these little pastry-wrapped wieners? Puka Dog, a booming hot dog shack on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, serves up a meal-sized version.

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Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes (Press 195, Queens, N.Y.)
If meatloaf mac isn’t your thing, maybe you simply enjoy a standard slice with mashed potatoes and gravy?

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Eggs (Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.)
Breakfast just wouldn’t be breakfast without eggs. At the Inn at Perry Cabin, the house Benedict is one of the most exquisite brunch dishes in the area.

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Popcorn (Alobar Restaurant, Long Island City, N.Y)
Alobar Restaurant in Long Island City has quickly grown a reputation as one of the best butcher restaurants in Western Queens, focusing on snout-to-tail pork preparations.

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Meat and Potatoes (Chai’s Island Bistro, Honolulu)
There’s no arguing the comfort factor of a killer plate of steak and 'taters, but how does that translate Hawaiian-style? At Chai’s Island Bistro in Honolulu, chef Chai Chaowasaree offers an island take on a "Deconstructed Beef Wellington."

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Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.)
What says comfort better than a buttery grilled cheese sandwich dunked in a steaming bowl of tomato soup? One answer: a grilled cheese sandwich loaded with buttery lobster meat, basil, and creamy slices of Brie on toasted sourdough with an accompanying bowl of velvety lobster bisque for dipping at the Inn at Perry Cabin.

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Macaroni and Cheese (Queens, N.Y.)
At Queens Comfort in Astoria, burgers come topped with peanut butter and jelly, and chicken and homemade waffles glisten with Tabasco-maple syrup. But when it comes to the mac and cheese, they have outdone themselves — when you combine two great comfort foods, mac and cheese and homemade meatloaf, it’s a grand slam.

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Hot Dog (Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.)
Nothing screams all-American like a good old-fashioned hot dog. But at the Inn at Perry Cabin, these puppies can be dressed with Chesapeake favorites like lump crabmeat, butter-poached lobster, or even foie gras.

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Comfort foods demand no gimmick whatsoever to do precisely what their name suggests. But when a talented chef can take a classic and spin it with a unique twist, a meal can elevate from comforting to mesmerizing.

10 American Comfort Foods with a Kick

At the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michael's, Md., Mark Timms, the salt and pepper-haired executive chef from Yorkshire, England, does precisely that, taking American and English comfort foods and augmenting them with regional accents.

"I like to cook food with a soul," said Timms. In his restaurant, lobster heightens grilled cheese sandwiches (with brie and basil, of course) and a golden-crusted mac and cheese, pastry-capped pot pies are studded with briny local oysters, Benedicts with local crab, sliders with fried oysters... even poolside hot dogs get topped with butter-poached lobster.

But chef Timms isn't the only comfort cook in the kitchen at Perry Cabin. Gustina "Miss Gussie" Harmon has been baking cookies for guests' nightly turndown service, along with her famous herb and cheese rolls, for more than two decades.

"I don't mess with her... she's a legend," said Timms with a laugh. Miss Gussie's rolls alone are the stuff of which legends are made — seven repeating layers of pastry, butter, herbs, Cheddar, and duck fat. Day-old biscuits then become croutons fit for a Caesar salad.

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