10 Great Comfort Foods Around the World

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It's winter, the best time of year to beat the blues with feel-good food. Buoy your spirits with a steamy bowl of Guinness-infused stew in Ireland, a meat pie at an Aussie football game, or French fries piled high with gravy and cheese curds just north of the border. Here are 10 great comfort foods worth traveling around the world for.


Biscuits and Gravy, United States

For Southern comfort food, few dishes are as stick-to-your-ribs satisfying as biscuits and gravy. Every greasy spoon south of the Mason-Dixon line worth its salt offers some version of made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits sliced in half, served open-faced, and smothered in steamy gravy. Gravy recipes vary, from a creamy white rendition loaded with sausage to red-eye-style made from the drippings of panfried country ham. Both versions awaken the breakfast-table nostalgia that reminds Southerners of their roots and their mama.

Where to Find It: Drop in any given morning and find friends and families, business parties, and Bible-study groups digging into the breakfast staple at the mix-and-match tables at Nashville's iconic Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant. Try the restaurant's eggs benny: split biscuits topped with bacon or sausage, fried eggs, and gravy. Red-eye gravy is king at The Loveless Cafe, where both George Jones and Martha Stewart have pulled up a chair.

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