There’s nothing like eating food that reminds you of childhood when your parents or grandmother did things the way you liked them. They put a lot of love into their food and it showed. But getting older doesn’t mean you have to give up any of those foods. If anything, you can eat whenever you want! Well, as long as you don’t worry about your waistline. In all seriousness, when done in moderation, you can enjoy these treats that will make you feel really nostalgic!
Chicken & Waffles
What makes this greasy spoon diner so satisfying is the contrast between the salty fried chicken filet and the sweet, syrupy waffles. Although the clever pairing started in the South, these days people can find plenty of restaurants serving it from the beaches of California to the bustling streets of New York City.
Mac & Cheese
Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy meal to make right out of a box of kraft or prefer oven-baked scratch varieties, you can’t go wrong. There’s something so satisfying about crunchy, chewy macaroni pieces and melted cheese. If you really want to drive people away after a night of bar hopping, add some bacon and jalapeño.
A breakfast burrito
Typical burritos with rice, beans, and chicken/pork are bad in their own right, but there’s nothing like loading a tortilla with eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, cheese, and salsa. Don’t be misled by the “breakfast” label. This bad boy can (and should!) be eaten at any time of day.
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a fancy, authentic Italian meal. But there is nothing wrong with the Americanized version either. That’s what you get in spaghetti and meatballs. Filled with rich, buttery meatballs, tangy tomato sauce, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, don’t feel too guilty about overeating. And then you can always throw on some sweatpants.
Grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup
The sweet and sour taste of the soup combined with the gooey cheese and crispy bread makes it amazing. We’re all about the basic incarnation of the sandwich — toasted bread with buttered, melted American cheese — and you’re free to get creative. Try it with gouda, cheddar, or any other cheese that strikes your fancy. If you want something crazy, add bacon or braised short ribs.
Almost every restaurant likes to brag about how incredible their pecan pies are, and that’s totally fair. The fruit-based pies are okay, but the sweet and salty pecan-based filling is unbeatable. Top it with a generous dollop of real whipped cream, making it the most indulgent dessert the world has ever known.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Basic cakes are our favorite, but when you add chocolate chips, it blurs the lines between perfect breakfast and dessert. This combo is so good there’s no reason to add syrup or butter to it. If you want to be named the bravest person on the planet and go down as a legend, you can replace the chocolate chips with M&Ms.
McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger
Wait, what? McDonald’s!? We’ll be the first to admit that McDonald’s is nowhere close to making the top 20 when it comes to best hamburgers. But this isn’t a “best burger” contest. You can find a McDonald’s in the most remote parts of the world and get two beef patties with ketchup, American cheese, pickles and onion rings (we like to pass on the mustard) for very cheap. It really hits the spot, and that’s what matters.
Walk into any shopping mall in the United States — or 47 other countries — and you’ll be instantly greeted by the warm, delicious smell of cinnamon. In fact, the smell alone is so satisfying that you’ll practically be satisfied without eating their sticky, delicious cinnamon rolls. But obviously you have to have one. Or a dozen!
It’s almost impossible to get mashed potatoes wrong. Just peel them, boil them, add milk and butter, whip them up, and voila, it’s like eating the fluffiest cloud you’ve ever eaten. Of course, this is a dish where the only limits are your imagination. You can add sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and different cheeses. Make it as different as you like!
Chicago deep dish pizza
Chicago Deep Dish is a wonderful concept. Imagine eating a cake, but all the frosting and cakey ingredients are replaced with different meats, vegetables and cheese and tomato sauce. That’s what you get in a nutshell. The deep dish is so filling that you don’t need anything more than a slice or two.
Connie the dog
We’re not talking Polish sausage or German bratwurst; A basic beef hot dog with all the usual fixings like chili sauce, mustard and chopped green onions. There’s nothing pretentious about the Coney Dog, which is why it’s one of the best comfort foods ever.
Whether enjoyed at a baseball game, the movie theater, or in your living room, nachos are perfect for any occasion. It’s something any 8-year-old can do. Put some tortilla chips on a plate, sprinkle on some cheddar or mozzarella, and stick them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. It can be enjoyed with sour cream and salsa, although if you’re one of those hottie-doitty types, a generous dollop of guacamole might be more appropriate.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich
For many of us growing up, no school lunch was complete without a PB&J sandwich. It took mom about 20 seconds to make, and it tasted great at room temperature, and the grape jelly paired with the peanut butter was nothing short of heavenly. But just because it’s related to kids, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy them as adults!
Chili with saltine crackers
You can enjoy this comfort food on a cold winter day. But if you have the misfortune of living in a hot climate where the seasons are indistinguishable, we recommend eating this whole with your air conditioner on.