Indulge yourself in the high calorie, high carb, tasty goodness that is comfort food. Filled with warm flavors, lots of nostalgia (and calories!), these delicious foods help remind us of home-cooked meals, family gatherings and fond memories. Many of Erie’s restaurants offer comfort food classics from fried chicken to macaroni and cheese. Here are some of the best comfort foods found throughout Erie County.
The Raphael at Picasso’s
Known for their art-inspired sandwich creations, Picasso’s is a must-stop for decadent, over-the-top sandwiches. One of their many masterpieces is The Raphael, a bread bowl stuffed with macaroni and cheese, cheese ravioli, marinara sauce, melted mozzarella and baby spinach, all toasted to mouth-watering perfection. It’s a true work of art!
Photo provided by Picasso's.
Syd’s Place Meatloaf and Liver
It doesn’t get more traditional than a plateful of meatloaf and mashed potatoes or liver and onions. Since 1930, Syd’s Place has been satisfying patrons with traditional American classics. Did you know, you can also order the meatloaf as a HUGE open faced sandwich?!
Molly Brannigan’s famous Reuben
Your Irish or non-Irish eyes will definitely be smiling as you feast on Molly’s authentic Reuben sandwich. Served on thick cut marble rye, this Irish favorite is piled high with house-cooked corned beef brisket, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and sauerkraut. Pair it with a cup of Molly’s hearty leek and potato soup for the ultimate Irish comfort food meal! Photo provided by Molly Brannigan's Irish Pub.
Fried Chicken and Waffles from Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro
Get ready for some of the best Southern and Caribbean cuisine in Erie! Customers flock to Pineapple Eddie’s for the Chicken and Waffles, two pieces of golden fried crispy chicken with a house-made Belgian waffle. Save room for dessert because all of Pineapple Eddie’s pies and cakes are made from scratch.
Macaroni and Cheese at The Brewerie at Union Station
The Brewerie serves up ooey gooey mac & cheese not one, but THREE different ways! Head over for a plateful of Mac & Cheese Steak, BBQ Pork Mac & Cheese or Buffalo Chicken Mac. Try all three and be prepared to take a huge nap afterwards.
Pad Thai from Like My Thai
Providing comfort food with an international flair, Like My Thai dishes out heaping bowls of Pad Thai, a traditional stir-fried noodle dish with vegetables, your choice of protein and heat levels from 0 to 5. Chicken Pad Thai #3 is a Like My Thai crowd favorite. Add an egg on top for extra decadence. Photo credit: Family Travels on a Budget
The Sassy Ashley Mac at Underdog BBQ – According to BBQ sources, if you’re looking for the ultimate meaty cheesy comfort food, order the “Sassy Ashley Mac” from Underdog BBQ. It’s a loaded up macaroni and cheese dish topped with a generous portion of BBQ pulled pork. Photo provided by Underdog BBQ.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Kobe Meatloaf Dinner
For comfort food with a high end twist, head over to Firebirds for their American Kobe Beef Meatloaf. Classic yet classy, this meal is served with a portabella mushroom sauce, spiced pecan green beans and a choice of side, but the creamy parmesan mashed potatoes come highly recommended.