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Interesting Twists on Comfort Food in Essex County

by Lisa Batitto
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Colder, shorter days mean less sunshine, and more time curled up trying to stay warm. During the winter months, you might turn to familiar meals that bring about a sense of cozy — or comfort, if you will. Hearty soups, decadent chocolate, juicy meats, anything with potatoes and cheese — just talking about these winter staples is comforting. But, Essex County area restaurants have taken these standards and added their own flairs to some dishes. Read on for our list of interesting twists on comfort food in the Essex County area.

Anthony’s Cheesecake | 1 Washington Street, Bloomfield

When it comes to comfort food, it is hard to beat a plate of meatballs or a crunchy egg roll. You can find them twisted together in the meatball parm egg roll, which is filled with housemade meatballs.

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Cloverleaf Tavern | 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell

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When the temperature dips, a cup of hot cocoa can take off the chill. The version served here is for adults only. The Skrewdgeball Hot Chocolate is topped with boozy peanut butter, whipped cream, Reese’s chocolate crumble, and mini marshmallows.

The Fox + Falcon | 19 Valley Street, South Orange

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The menu at this trendy American restaurant features elevated interpretations of classic dishes like a chopped iceberg salad made with pickled peppers, house-cured and smoked duroc bacon; and a chicken pot pie made with roti. Finish your meal with a mini ice cream sundae served with homemade cookies.

Good Chicken | 114 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

Fried chicken is a classic comfort food, and at Good Chicken, you can get Korean chicken prepared in classic, soy garlic, or sweet and spicy style. While you are there, order a potato dog stuffed with mozzarella cheese, rolled in sugar, and served with CG secret sauce.

Michael’s Roscommon House | 531 Joralemon Street, Belleville

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Sometimes nothing but a burger will do, and you can find everything from a simple cheeseburger to a Jersey burger topped with Taylor ham, mozzarella, and Jersey sauce.

The Parkside Social | 706 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona

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Deviled eggs are considered by many to be a perfect mouthful of comfort food. You can find them here made with hazelnut, lemon zest, and pink salt. Even better, they are vegan and gluten-free. For dessert, try the sugar donuts for two, filled with dark chocolate mousse.

Ray’s Luncheonette | 99 Walnut Street, Montclair

This local restaurant has been a neighborhood staple for 40 years. Its specialty is breakfast, and if you can’t decide between sweet and savory, you can have both in the french toast melt, which is bacon, eggs, and cheese griddled between two slices of french toast.

Sweet T’s Southern Eatery | 387 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair

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When many people think of comfort food, they think of Southern cooking. You’ll find many classic dishes at Sweet T’s but if you are in the mood for something different, try the beef short rib grilled cheese served with potato wedges or the turkey sausage mac and cheese.

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With a Touch of Love | 324B Orange Road, Montclair

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A bowl of pasta is warm, comforting, and full of carbohydrates — the perfect combination for raising your serotonin levels. The pasta served here is made with jerk seasoning and colorful peppers, and you can add in oxtails for protein. Order the banana pudding for dessert.

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