When the temperature drops, we New Englanders need two things, hibernation and food. Our friends at Phantom Gourmet found no better way to beat the cold than through their stomach at these 8 great places for comfort food.

The Winthrop Arms

Kicking off the Great 8 is The Winthrop Arms.  The Arms is king of comfort food and that comfort food comes in the shape of pie. Chicken potpie that is.

This made-to-order chicken potpie is made with fresh vegetable and big chunks of hearty, roasted chicken and topped with homemade gravy and a perfect brown, flaky crust. It is served piping hot and is top-notch comfort food wonderfulness.

Make the most of a weekend in Winthrop. Our DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Logan Airport Chelsea and Hilton Boston Logan Airport hotels are just 5 miles from The Winthrop Arms and beautiful North Shore beaches.

Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern

Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern in Smithfield, Rhode Island is the kind of place where customers have come to find some of the most indulgent food around. There are crispy pizzas perfect for sharing and big juicy burgers that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites.  Feast on next level appetizers like nachos that put Mount Everest to shame. Savor the flavors throughout layers of freshly fried chips, house smoked pulled pork, sharp white cheddar cheese sauce, homemade guacamole, and roasted corn salsa!


L’Andana in Burlington is an elegant Italian restaurant, resembling that of a Tuscan farmhouse with soothing Earth tones, reclaimed wood and dim romantic lighting. The menu focuses on everything from housemade pastas to enormous steaks and chops grilled to order, over charcoal.

L'Andana Steak Dinner

But if you’re craving some serious comfort at L’Andana, the four-cheese fonduta.  This Italian spin on fondue comes with spicy soppressata, roasted garlic, and thick-cut Tuscan toast, perfect for dipping.

Feeling full but craving more from L’Andana? Stay local and gear up from round two. DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen is less than 5 miles from the iconic Italian eatery.

Bubby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant

Find classic New York Style deli fare at Bubby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This authentic Jewish deli has it all from big bowls of comforting Matzo Ball soup to blintzes and benedicts for breakfast.

Sink your teeth into a big and tasty burger, like the Heart Attack. The Heart Attack is a giant sandwich stacked up with hot pastrami, corned beef, coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, stuffed between to crispy potato latkes for a sandwich that is as messy as it is delicious.

Ciro’s Tavern

Ciro’s Tavern in Woonsocket, Rhode Island is a large English pub serving comfort food favorites like grilled pizzas loaded uwith sausage, meatballs and ricotta cheese along with classic pub fare like fish and chips.  While the prices are small, the portions are anything but.  Known for their large portions, people know to come hungry and still bring leftovers home, leaving plenty for the best meal of the next day.

 Fireside Grille

Fireside Grille in Middleboro is another Great 8 list maker. This throwback restaurant serves old school comfort food favorites. The Buffalo Mac-n-Cheese is made with a blend of cheddar, mascarpone, Monterey Jack and big chunks of chicken, topped with a Ritz Cracker crust.

Fireside Grille Mac-n-Cheese

Mac-n-cheese not your thing? Try Fireside Grille’s big juicy burgers. These behemoth patties are topped with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, and a fried egg.

Don’t forget the Fireside Grille’s signature dish. A perfectly seasoned prime rib, slowly cooked in the alto shaam at a lower temperature. This art form of cooking keeps the meat’s original juices locked in, leaving it tender, juicy, and full of flavor.

Avenue N

Avenue N in Rumford, Rhode Island has a chef driven menu of casual comfort food, amped up.  There are gorgeous pizzas, perfectly cooked steaks, and crispy Point Judith Calamari, served with spicy remoulade. But the best, and tastiest dish might just be the Avenue N burger served with hand cut fries.

Owning to the testament that a great restaurant is measured by a great burger, Avenue N forms their patties from all-natural Meyer Farm Beef and top it with Vermont cheddar, thick cut applewood bacon, chipotle, lettuce tomato, grilled Vidalia onion, and place it on a local artisan bun.


Rounding out the Great 8 of Comfort Food is Dunn-Gaherin in Newton.  This neighborhood nook is clad with high beams and exposed brick, enthusiastic beer-drinking and treated to some truly outstanding food.  A few of Phantom Gourmet’s favorites are the fork tender steak tips, stick to your ribs chili loaded with melted cheese and traditional fish & chips.

The flavorful light white flake fish is perfectly surrounded by a crispy beer-battered exterior, making a perfect combination for properly eating with extra malt vinegar.

Stop by Dunn-Gaherin after checking into Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Brookline, just 5 miles from your new favorite local pub.


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