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Comfort Food Favorites in Erie, PA

Thursday Oct 26th, 2023

Comfort foods, those culinary treasures of indulgence and nostalgia, hold a special place in our hearts and our stomachs. They may not be the most calorie-conscious choices, but their rich, hearty nature is a delicious nod to the guilty pleasures of eating. Treat yourself to the region’s irresistible assortment of comfort food delights that will satisfy your hunger and warm your heart.

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Smoked Brisket Mac N’ Cheese from The Skunk & Goat Tavern

This menu item is the perfect marriage of comfort food and barbecue, bringing together the rich and savory flavors of smoked brisket and barbecue sauce with the creamy, cheesy goodness of house-made macaroni and cheese. For an added layer of savory complexity, consider adding a gratineed bowl of Chef Johnny’s hearty French onion soup.

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The Carbonara Pizza from John Russell Brewing Company

Made with fresh dough, and topped with John Russell’s signature white sauce, smoked bacon, prosciutto, tomato, a medley of cheeses, and scallions, this decadent pizza is an inventive twist on the classic Italian dish. The perfectly fried egg on top adds a luscious velvety texture and the smoky earthy flavor profile from the wood-fired brick oven rounds out this indulgent masterpiece.

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The Sooner Burger from Bro Man’s Sammiches Birria & Burgers

Owner/Chef Steve Stanbro’s menu is packed with bodacious burgers and bold birria tacos, and his signature Sooner Burger sets a new standard in burger excellence. This monstrous, messy hand-smashed double quarter pounder burger is made with a blend of fresh Angus reserve brisket short rib grind and stacked with onions, cheddar and Muenster cheeses, and red pepper aioli, all between a buttery brioche bun. Photo credit: Jessica Hunter

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Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup from Like My Thai

The enticing aroma alone beckons you towards a bowl of this warm and nourishing soup. It’s the perfect remedy for cold, rainy days or feeling under the weather. Steaming bowls of this delectable soup brim with tender chunks of beef brisket, complemented by the freshness of Bok choy, scallions, cilantro, bean sprouts, and Thai basil all swimming harmoniously in a full-bodied broth. (Pictured)

The 12 oz. New York Strip from Bob’s Steakhouse

For those who appreciate a flawlessly cooked steak, this showstopper does not disappoint. Seasoned and grilled to perfection, this cut of beef is known for its melt-in-your-mouth flavor and tender texture due in part to its well-defined, yet moderate amount of marbling. Pair your steak with upscale steakhouse sides such as roasted Brussels sprouts, truffle parmesan steak fries or garlic mashed potatoes.

 

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Chicken and Waffles from Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro 

Since 2011, sisters Karen Thomas and Adrienne Paul together with Paul’s husband, Chef Jean Paul, have been serving heaping helpings of incredible Southern Caribbean and Southern regional fusion cuisine, including a beloved American classic; chicken and waffles. Their version is a heavenly sweet and savory sensation featuring two juicy pieces of golden fried crispy chicken served atop a fluffy, house-made Belgian waffle. It’s soul food with soul! (Pictured)

Grilled Triple Cheese from The Brewerie at Union Station

This decadent take on a traditional favorite begins with two thick slices of Texas toast, that are grilled and slathered in butter before being introduced to the star of the show; the cheese. The triple cheese combination of cheddar, American, and Swiss cheese creates a melty bite of cheesy indulgence. If the guilt is too much, fresh toppings such as tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions are available.

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One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

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