The 50-seat restaurant, in the space that once housed the Cup and Saucer, serves American fare with a focus on organic ingredients. Dishes to try include Asian-style roasted chicken, organic pork chops, American Kobe rib eye steaks, and sesame-encrusted red snapper. Wideplank flooring, exposed brick, and hanging clear pendant lights round out a modern-rustic decor. Try the DigiTunes touchscreen at the 12-seat bar, a digital jukebox and gaming device. Skip the morning coffee and wake up with a Comfort organic juice. Floor-to-ceiling front windows open in warmer weather. Open Mon to Sun for dinner only.
Best Comfort Food; 2008
Do you know what goes into that gelatinous, orangey glop coating the average rotisserie chicken? We don't...but we do know what goes into Comfort's delicious eat-in or take-out Asian-spiced chicken. It starts with organic chicken, which is rolled in a heady mix of anise, chili powder, and soy sauce. Oven-roasted until nearly black and falling off the bone, these succulent, reasonably priced rotisserie chickens come perfectly paired with organic, healthy sides. Look for great seasonal salads; low-fat, three-cheese mac and cheese; and sauteed green beans. In short, unlike most of your too-tired-to-cook options (like pizza, Chinese take-out, and Mickey Ds), Comfort offers comfort food that you actually can feel comfortable about serving to your kids.
The atmosphere may be no-frills (Chef/Owner John Halko did much of the décor labor himself, which includes minimalist white panels and wood finishes), but the menu at Comfort is full of mainly organic, grains- and greens-friendly dishes that appeal to the elitist foodie—without a major wallet hit. A foursome could dine on the “Family Dinner”: a soy-and-anise-spiced roasted chicken with two large sides (we suggest the baked sweet potatoes and any sautéed vegetable) and a dessert for $26.95. The frugal-minded ethos even carries to the drinks, from fresh vegetable juices ($5) like the Toxin Attacker (carrot, cucumber, ginger, garlic) to glasses of Las Lenas Malbec for $7.