comfort food (noun): food prepared in a traditional style having a usually nostalgic or sentimental appeal.
When you think of comfort food, what meal instantly comes to mind? Maybe it’s Mom’s famous meatloaf or straight out-of-the-box mac & cheese. These foods may make you reminiscent of your childhood in suburbia or bring you right back to your sophomore year dorm room. Whatever the sentiment may be, one thing is certain: these dishes are delicious.
At the start of the pandemic in 2020, nothing felt familiar. The world waited with bated breath while staying put at home. Going to a restaurant was out of the question, ordering in was limited, and grocery store trips had to be speedy and infrequent. In a time of total uncertainty, people needed some semblance of emotional relief, with Americans turning to their favorite comfort foods five times a week on average. The smells of these meals are most likely linked with happy memories, triggering a phenomena known as food nostalgia. 69% of these folks say they’ll continue to show their homestyle faves the same love post-pandemic.
The feel-good food revolution is well underway, and the forecast shows no signs of it slowing down anytime soon.
- Boxed Mac & Cheese
A creamy bowl of mac kicks any bad mood to the curb. Macaroni and cheese comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors—and we’re big fans of all forms. Whether you’re craving a gourmet version with gruyere and truffle, or a 4-cheese southern-style casserole, this decadent dish is totally customizable. If you’re too busy to even whip up the boxed kind, (we’ve allllll been there), we’ve got you covered. Our Masterful Mac & Cheese features brown rice macaroni with a cheesy sauce of pepper jack, mild cheddar, and butternut squash for a touch of sweetness.
- The Rise of Korean BBQ
Korean barbeque has acquired quite the cult following, with interest climbing up to 90% in the past year. Between new take-out spots popping up to restaurant menu additions, this cuisine is calling a lot of people’s names. The meals mainly center around grilled marinated meat seasoned in smoky goodness, kimchi stews, and banchan (small plates served up with rice). The other stars of the show are the savory-sweet dipping sauces, like ssamjang. If you’re curious about these popular Korean dishes, give our Sticky-Sweet BBQ Beef Bowl a try. Fragrant basmati rice meets juicy diced beef and market veggies—finished off by a drizzle of our house-made barbecue sauce.
- Crispy Fried Chicken
Picture this: you take the first bite of a perfectly crispy, golden-battered chicken leg. That *crrrrunchhhhh* alone is enough to elect fried chicken as the mayor of comfort food meals. It started off as a staple in southern cooking, and has since wiggled its way into all of our hearts. Fun fact: Some credit of this delicacy’s inception might be due to the Scottish, as they may have brought it with them when they first settled in the American South in the 17th century. Pair fried chicken with garlicky mashed potatoes, sauteed collard greens, or a buttery biscuit for a groundbreaking food coma. If you’re craving something a little lighter, order our Golden Oven-Fried Chicken & Mash. Cassava flour and cauliflower mash give this meal the flavor you love without all the grease.
- Never Ending Spaghetti & Meatballs
Mamma mia, this meal hits the spot! This classic dish is actually way more American than it is Italian. It originated from plain polpettes, which are mini meatballs served in broth or plated on its own. After centuries of Italian immigration, the U.S. took a stab at their very own, saucier version. It’s now extremely easy to come by, but difficult to get right. Every component counts—from the tangy marinara sauce to the tenderness of the balls. Whether spaghetti & meatballs reminds you of Sunday dinner or your favorite school lunch back in the day, it definitely goes down in the books. Have yourself a cozy night on the couch with our Zoodles & Turkey Meatballs or Linguine Marinara with Beef Meatballs.
The comfort food comeback is real. And since nothing says comfort like not having to cook—let us handle the hard stuff. Kick back, relax, and we’ll deliver go-to dishes right to your door.