Finding Comfort Food

Baked Mac n' Cheese at The Smoking Gun
Baked Mac n’ Cheese at The Smoking Gun

Whether it be a bowl of cheesy baked mac and cheese, pizza loaded with toppings, or barbecue meats smothered in sauce, you deserve to celebrate National Comfort Food Day on December 5th. Finish up a long day of work or take a break from holiday shopping to revel in your favorite comforting foods at these San Diego hotspots.

The Smoking Gun is your one-stop Gaslamp District spot for creative craft cocktails and Southern-inspired comfort food. From the smoked brisket served with your choice of sides like stuffing and gravy or Brussels sprouts, to the Baked Mac ‘N’ Cheese made with elbow macaroni noodles, poblano-beer cheese and cheddar cheese, there is no better place to celebrate National Comfort Food Day than The Smoking Gun! Swing by or order your meal to-go and indulge in the comfort of your own home.

Set to open in East Village in the next few weeks, WhipHand is an American Brasserie and Beer Bank that will serve simple food with hearty portions meant to be shared. Located on the corner of J Street and Tenth Avenue, locals and visitors can gather to enjoy delicious food such as Short Rib Fondue, with seasonal veggies and creamy white cheddar béchamel, or Red Snapper Stuffed Dumplings topped with cognac lobster bisque. Each dish on the menu will feature its own distinctive twist on a classic American staple.

If your idea of the ultimate comfort food comes in the form of hand tossed dough topped with fresh ingredients, look no further than Woodstock’s Pizza. With a location in Pacific Beach and one near the SDSU campus, the best piping hot pizza is never too far away. At Woodstock’s, pizza fanatics can create their own custom pie or opt for a classic combo like the new All ‘Choked Up. Creamy garlic sauce, spinach, mozzarella, roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, shaved parmesan and double bacon are piled high atop crust made fresh, in house each morning.

Wood Ranch is an award-winning restaurant with high-quality, savory dishes that include lip-smacking Baby Back Ribs, dry-rubbed smoked brisket and many other delicious barbecue platters. Stop in to the Mission Valley spot to taste any of Wood Ranch’s delectable entrées ortheir broad selection of innovative and healthy salads, appetizers or sides, like Grilled Corn on the Cob, baked potato or Skillet Baked Beans. You can even order to-go straight from Wood Ranch’s website – enjoying National Comfort Food Day doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Tajima has five locations where they’ve been satisfying the city’s growing hunger for authentic Japanese comfort cuisine for the past 16 years. Everything they serve honors the purity of the culture’s taste and style, and their irresistible selection of ramens are all made from scratch. For a classic option on National Comfort Food Day, try the signature Tajima Ramen consisting of tonkotsu soup, fried garlic, green onions, half a ramen egg, pork or chicken chashu, baby arugula, bean sprouts, sesame seeds and Japanese seaweed. Your tummy will be happy as soon as you taste the warm broth with the other appetizing ingredients.