“Comfort food” is a broad term, but I define it as warm, often carb-heavy fare that a) reminds us of home, and/or b) is sufficiently stick-to-the-ribs to make us pleasantly sleepy. Here are five that do the trick. Tell me more at firstname.lastname@example.org:
1. A wedge of the famous Anderson's pecan pie at Julia's Coffee (1133 N. Wendover Road), attached to the Habitat for Humanity Charlotte's ReStore. Julia's also has seasonal pies like apple and pumpkin from Habitat homeowner Simone Dean's Deanlicious Desserts & Others. The store benefits Habitat, so you can also be a comfort to others.
2. Old-fashioned oatmeal, with its chewy, satisfying texture, at Le Peep (8140 Providence Road at the Arboretum).
3. Smothered chicken (or fried, if you insist) at the Chicken Box (3726 N. Tryon St.).
4. Sweet, rich cornbread loaves with honey butter and salmon cakes at Mert's Heart and Soul (214 N. College St.)
5. Matzah ball soup at Gleiberman's (5668 International Drive). You can get chicken noodle, too, but to me, matzah balls (you may have seen it spelled matzo or matzoh) are a perfect comfort: matzah meal (think crushed crackers) bound together with a little egg and bobbing in chicken broth. You can even get an extra one in your soup for $1 more.