7 Amazing Comfort-Food Dishes To Try Tonight — Guaranteed Delicious

Feeling a little...blah? Maybe you had a rotten, no-good, I-suck-at-life day. Or, maybe you're just bummed out by freezing temperatures and the sudden absence of sunshine. Whatever is causing your personal case of SAD, there's nothing like a piping-hot, soul-satisfying meal to make it all better. After all, this is the best time of year to indulge in comfort food — a.k.a. anything creamy, fried, smothered with melted cheese, or carbo-licious.
If, like us, you're on a cold-weather-induced self-indulgence kick, you'll want to study up on our cheat sheet of can't-miss comfort foods in the DMV. Click through for some certifiable food porn — from crunchy fried chicken and crispy tater tots to mac 'n' cheese and hearty soups — all totally SFW, natch. We're betting you'll probably have dinner plans sorted before you even make it to the last slide.
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The entire menu looks tempting at Family Meal, local celeb chef Bryan Voltaggio's new diner in Frederick, but it's hard to resist an order of the pickle-brined fried chicken. Four pieces of savory chicken are accompanied by buttermilk biscuits, hot sauce for dunking, and a side of pickles. And, instead of the standard bucket, your meal comes in an adorable chicken-shaped dish. In case you couldn't tell, this is one hearty indulgence.

Where: 880 N. East Street, Frederick; 301-378-2895

Photo: Courtesy of Family Meal
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Order the shrimp and grits appetizer at Marvin, a mainstay of modern soul food on U Street, and you'll want to scrape the bowl clean. (At the very least, you won't want to share.) The creamy cheddar-cheese grits are studded with shrimp and pieces of smoky tasso ham for a dose of belly-warming goodness.

Where: 2007 14th Street NW; 202-797-7171

Photo: Courtesy of Marvin/Sam Vasfi
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It might not be the fanciest joint on the Hill, but Bistro Italiano is a perfectly cozy neighborhood spot for simple Italian-American classics. Our picks? The steaming lasagna that provides you with lunch for tomorrow, too, and the hearty spaghetti and meatballs that makes you feel like a kid again.

Where: 320 D Street NE; 202-546-4522

Photographed by Holly E. Thomas
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Everyone knows that soup can be life-sustaining when the weather gets chilly. Soupergirl in Takoma Park offers concoctions that range from black-bean chili to maple-roasted butternut squash soup, but we're fans of the zucchini soup spiked with basil and nutmeg for a cold-weather pick-me-up. Pick up quart- or pint-size options to take home, or try ordering a "soupscription" for a whole month of gourmet soups delivered to your door.

Where: 314 Carroll Street NW; 202-609-7177

Photo: Courtesy of Soupergirl
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Every day at 10 p.m., District Commons serves up signature "staff meals" to both late-night diners and employees alike, and on Mondays, you'll find Mom's Meatloaf on the menu. Served with old-school sides, it's reminiscent of the most comforting meals of our childhood, but way more crave-worthy.

Where: 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-587-8277

Photographed by Kate Hoffman
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Tater tots get a dose of cool at the Hilton brothers' newest venture, Satellite Room, which opened last month around the corner from 9:30 Club. Stop by this retro-style diner before or after a show to grab a beer — or a boozy shake! — and tots with an ideal crunchy-to-greasy ratio.

Where: 2047 9th Street NW; 202-347-5080

Photographed by Anna Mathias
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Noodles, cheese...more cheese. That's a recipe for happiness right there, and takeaway spot Oohh's & Aahh's on U Street is a go-to for extra-creamy mac 'n' cheese that runs circles around your regular box of Velveeta.

Where: 1005 U Street NW; 202-667-7142

Photographed by Anna Mathias