Comfort foods are not all about cooking at home. When I’m traveling, often times, my first inclination going into a restaurant is to look on the menu for the same type of foods that I enjoy at home. Recently, we took a family trip to Raleigh, North Carolina and stumbled across a wonderful restaurant, Bogart’s American Grill located in downtown Raleigh.
From what I learned, Bogart’s American Grill is part of a consortium of seven restaurants in the Raleigh area under the ownership of RockyTopHospitality. Bogart’s has a very sleek, upscale look to it, yet the menu was varied and included sandwiches and wraps, all at very reasonable prices.
I noticed that they had a “classic section” on the menu and quickly noted that meatloaf and mashed potatoes, chicken pot pie and macaroni and cheese were staples in the classic section. How good is that!
It was a hard choice, but I opted for the meatloaf with mushroom gravy with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes. I was not disappointed. The meatloaf was cut into large pieces and then seared on the grill, the gravy was smooth, with just a hint of the mushroom and the potatoes were creamy with a slight tang from the sour cream.
My husband raved about the Shrimp and Grits which was prepared with onions, mushrooms and shrimp in a spicy tasso sauce. When I checked out the restaurant group’s website, to my surprise, I found a number of recipes from their restaurants, including the outstanding Shrimp and Grits.
We finished the meal by sharing desserts; a pumpkin cheesecake and hot chocolate cake, filled with a chocolate ganache. Both were excellent. All in all, it was perfectly comforting for an uncharacteristically cold night in North Carolina.