Drooling dog provided by Ivan Petrovich Pavlov, 1904 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Canine Torment.

The best food isn't always the fancy stuff--sometimes the comfort food like a perfect grilled cheese sandwich or Ikea's Swedish Meatballs can be just the thing. These are some of the best I've found around the country.

Bon Appetit--


"Hot Brown," Cheese sauce, bacon, tomato slice atop hot open-faced turkey sandwich.

The Neighborhood Grill, Fort Worth

Marriott  Los Cabos Dessert Buffet, Photo by John Ledyard.

Blue Cheese Burger with Homemade Chips , Tommy's, Fort Worth.

Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries, Ikea in Los Angeles.

Smoked Shrimp and Broiled Asparagus in Garlic Olive Oil with Sauteed Onions on Pasta, topped with fresh-grated Parmesan Cheese.

Chilaquiles at "Mi Tierra" in San Antonio.

Deli Corned Beef and Cabbage Heart, Brooklyn NY.

Smoked Turkey Platter, County Line Barbecue, Austin.

Corned Beef Omelette.

Comfort Food: Grilled Cheese & Chili-Cheese Fritos.

Tenderloin Stroganoff at Cafe Granville in Burbank.

Jaeger Schnitzel with Spaetzle at Greenwood's German in Fort Worth.

Deep Dish Pizza at Edwardo's on Chicago's Gold Coast.

Biscuits & Gravy at The Paris Coffee Shop, Fort Worth.

Honey-Glazed Walnut Shrimp at Gourmet-88 in Burbank.

Texas Chili Pie: Fritos, Chili (no beans!), Cheese, Sour Cream.