Top Comfort Food Dishes In St. Louis

November 18, 2013 6:00 AM


Comfort foods — those dishes that soothe jangled nerves with feelings of home and nostalgia — come in many varieties. From supper plates with warm melted cheese and potatoes to rich, satisfying desserts, these dishes can be eaten any time you need a pick-me-up. Here are St. Louis’s best offerings for emotional eating.

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Mac & Cheese
6602 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
(314) 863-6365

Nothing is more comforting than a bubbling, fresh batch of homestyle macaroni and cheese. Cheeseology makes a whole menu of mac & cheese. The kitchen bakes it in a tiny cast iron skillet, flavors it with whatever you like (pesto? pulled pork? spinach and artichoke? shrimp scampi?) then offers to top it with buttered bread crumbs. The atmosphere is order-at-the-counter casual, so you can come as you are. If all the carbs and fat trigger food guilt, add a scrumptious side salad. 

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Aya Sofia
6671 Chippewa St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 645-9919

If you’re looking for a more upscale environment, give the Turkish treats at Aya Sofia a try. A meze platter with dips and warm cheesy appetizers should lull you into contentment before you even start on your entree. The Sebzeli musakka is a vegetarian dish with warm, yummy layers of eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, potatoes, bechamel sauce, mozzarella and tomato sauce all melted together with warming Turkish spices and served with pearl couscous and veggies. If you’re a straight-up carnivore, indulge yourself with a lamb shank.

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Irish Stew
Miller’s Crossing
14156 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(314) 439-0400

Miller’s Crossing is a casual West County eatery where you can nosh on all-American faves like ribs, burgers and reubens, with fries and a beer on the side. But for about $5, you can get a bowl of Irish stew, a blend of beef, potatoes and vegetables that have been slow-cooked together until they taste like home and everything warm and wonderful.

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(credit: McArthur’s Bakery’s Facebook)

Gooey Butter Cake
McArthur’s Bakery
3055 Lemay Ferry Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 894-0900

If you’re a native St. Louisan, you probably grew up on gooey butter cake. If not, it may seem a little weird at first, but you’ll learn to love it (even if you never learn to love thin-crust pizza with provolone cheese). This sweet, buttery treat can be served at breakfast, like a coffee cake, or for dessert, like a cheesecake. Or you can pick up a boxed cake and dive in any time, for purely emotional reasons. McArthur’s three locations aren’t the only place to get a gooey butter cake in St. Louis, but they’ve been one of the best for more than 50 years.

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Frozen Custard
Ted Drewes
6726 Chippewa St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 481-2652

A true St. Louis institution, Ted Drewes has been serving rich, creamy frozen custard since 1929. Standing in line at one of the South City locations for original treats like the Dutchman (chocolate, butterscotch and pecans), the caramel apple sundae or the cardinal sin (tart cherries and hot fudge) is a summer tradition in the Lou. When that first spoonful of dense, smooth topping-laden custard hits your tongue, all your cares will melt away. This is comfort food at its finest.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at

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