Nostalgia. Sentimental. Soothing. Gracious. Luxurious. These are just a few words used to describe comfort food. Food that makes you say “Mmmmm”. Food that makes you remember good times with family. The food you crave. Food that you splurge on. Whatever you want to call it, comfort food is food that makes you feel good. It makes you happy when you are sad. It brightens your day when it has been dim.

Comfort food is food that provides nostalgic or sentimental value to someone. It may be characterized by high caloric nature, high carbohydrates, or simple to prepare. It can be nostalgic to an individual or an entire culture.

The term comfort food has been traced back at least to 1966 when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story that discussed adults utilizing specific foods to help cope under times of severe emotional stress. There have been many psychological studies that show consuming energy-dense, high-calorie, high fat, sugar or salt triggers a reward system in the mind. It is very common for people to use comfort food to treat themselves when certain psychological conditions are present. That quick fix of instant gratification can be so satisfying!

For me, it’s flavorful burgers dressed with cheeses that bite back, crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes, and an abundance of a tangy sauce that makes me extremely thankful for the entire roll of paper towels on the table. I like to pair my burger with some crisp fries smothered in gravy and a sweet tea.

Enter River City Cafe. Our menu is loaded with comfort food options. Gravy on fries. Huge onion rings. Fried Zucchini. We haven’t even talked about the burgers!

I have a couple of staples when I am looking for a comfort food fix. River City Cafe ALWAYS delivers an out-of-this-world experience for my taste buds.

The Texas BBQ Burger is a perfect example of comfort food to me. Our traditional beef patty is topped with hickory-smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and fried onion strings. It’s juicy, crunchy, tangy, and smooth all at the same time!

Another go-to option for me is the Swiss Mushroom Burger. I know there are a lot of people who cringe at mushrooms, but it is hard to find a more classic combination. I love the sweet and nutty flavor of swiss cheese combined with the earthy flavors and textures of the mushrooms. When combined with a juicy burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mayo…. I get excited thinking about it.

For those of you who crave sweets while also looking for comfort food, River City Cafe has something for you too! Check out our We Be Jammin Chicken Burger! This marinated grilled chicken breast is topped with smoked ham, pineapple (yes….pineapple), Jamaican jerk sauce, honey mustard, lettuce, and tomato. The flavor of warm, sweet spices in the honey mustard combined with the sweet and fruity flavor of the pineapple gives so much flavor to this awesome concoction. Trust me, your mouth with thank you on every bite.

At River City Cafe we have a saying. We say we are “all about the burger” and that rings true with so much of what we do, but our goal is to provide the perfect dining experience to every guest, every time they step through our doors. If you come to River City Cafe in search of comfort food, we are going to make sure you leave happy and satisfied!

Now tell us, what is your comfort food go to? We want to know!


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