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It’s National Grilled Cheese Month

From decadent doughnut versions to mini nibbles, seven sensational takes on the ooey-gooey comfort food.

Gary Brackett - September 2014 - Georgia Reese
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Gary Brackett's New Turf: Georgia Reese's Restaurant

The eatery, named after Brackett’s youngest daughter, joins the ranks of Kountry Kitchen and Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles, but Brackett says it’s not a competition.

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Video: Divvy Chef Brock Jenkins Makes Fried Green Tomatoes

Divvy chef de cuisine Brock Jenkins says, “It’s always nice to get recognized, and it’s obviously because people have caught on to the buzz and are showing up and eating our food.”

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Best New Comfort Foods: Mac 'n' Cheese

The meat-packed Mac Daddy from Rockstone Pizzeria Pub contains bacon, capocollo, and Smoking Goose City Ham baked in asiago sauce.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Fried Chicken Roulade

The Local’s Craig Baker deconstructs the Sunday-dinner staple into a cooking-school final exam dish reminiscent of chicken cordon bleu or rolled meats from Eastern Europe.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Ramen Noodles

Rook’s Carlos Salazar concocts a beguiling bowl of ramen in an aromatic miso-enriched pork broth laden with anything from a marinated soft-boiled egg to homemade kimchi pickles.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Meatloaf Sandwich

Libertine’s country-style slab emerges from the oven unadorned, heavier than most but sporting the nearly silken texture of a fine French terrine.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Sugar Cream Pie

Of all the Hoosier cultural emblems, none is as sweet and soothing as sugar cream pie.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Fried Green Tomatoes

The Indigo Duck in Franklin, known for its rich Lowcountry cooking with a French accent, embraces the essential accompaniment for Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup

As far as soup-and-sandwich combos go, nothing beats the pairing of toasty grilled bread loaded with warm, melting cheese alongside a bowl of sweet, soothing tomato soup.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Apple-Brined Pork Chop

The homey sides get special attention, too: luscious creamy grits, lightly sauteed fresh greens, and smoky barbecued black beans cooked until al dente.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Three-Pork & Root Vegetable Casserole

Casserole is a one-pot dish that can be prepped ahead. Self-reliant and relaxed, it takes care of itself in the oven by bubbling and browning away, allowing you to get on with your life.

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Best New Comfort Foods: Potatoes Minneapolis

A gifted chef can make a dish look simple when it is anything but. Case in point: these skillet-formed hash browns.

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Discovery: B. Happy Peanut Butter

All six of its gourmet flavors begin with a base of smooth, crunchy honey-roasted peanut butter, with add-ins not found in your average jar of Jif.

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Take Comfort: Local Food-Lovers Play the Either/Or Game

Scott Wise, Lindy Brown, Valerie Vanderpool, Carrie Abbott, and more weigh in on their preferences and favorites.