200 W. Broad St.
Second Place: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Third Place: Mama J's
What you need to remember about Comfort, besides that it's the place that introduced many Richmonders to Jackson Ward, is that chef Jason Alley didn't reinvent the wheel. He brilliantly took the kind of food that Richmond grandmothers long have been making and put it into a hip, wooden-floored restaurant with a modern rock soundtrack and an excellent array of brown liquor. Boom! Everyone wanted meatloaf and fried catfish, starting a renaissance here of creatively prepared Southern comfort food. Depending on your childhood, Cracker Barrel's menu may conjure up family road trips, rocking chairs and stops for simple yet filling meals. And wouldn't you know, another Jackson Ward restaurant, Mama J's, is also in voters' hearts, hardly a surprise given the affordable comfort food coming out of its bustling kitchen.