Take Me To Your Feeder
We want the good stuff just like Mom used to make, and in big ol' portions fit for a growing boy or girl. To that end, we've listed a few picks for strapping on the comfort food feed bag when you're strapped for cash. For about the price of a side of creamed spinach at a steakhouse, you can eat your fill at one of these fine establishments--even if it takes three helpings of banana pudding to get the job done.
Golden Corral: There's something truly comforting about sheer, unadulterated volume. For $7.59 you can choose from a staggering array of main dishes at this family-friendly buffet (from "awesome" pot roast to Cajun-style fish) and some two dozen-plus sides.
Ole Whiskers: Fried chicken, barbecued ribs and catfish, catfish, catfish are the draw at Ole Whiskers. And yes, the name sounds like a brand of discount pet food. You'll get past it. $9.49 for lunch and $11.99 for dinner.
Ryan's: This home style buffet's website says it all: "The only voice you have to listen to here is your eatin' voice." In other words, nobody's gonna tell you peach cobbler isn't a vegetable. Just $7.49 for over 100 items.
Pancho's Mexican Super Buffet: No Texan's list of top comfort foods would be complete with enchiladas, refried beans and sopaipillas. For $8.11 here you can get all that and more. ...But it might take a couple of days to get that "Raise the Flag" song out of your head afterward.
Willhoite's Restaurant: The all-you-can-eat Texas Country Buffet is just $7.99 for lunch and $9.99 for dinner at this downtown Grapevine favorite. They've got booze, too, for those days when the healing power of comfort food needs a little extra help.