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America's Best Comfort Foods

America's best comfort foods: the Blacksmith's meatloaf

Courtesy of The Blacksmith

Meatloaf

The Restaurant: The Blacksmith, Bend, OR

The Skinny: Just when you thought this comfort food classic had nothing else to teach us, it gets reinvented, this time at the hands of talented chef Gavin McMichael of the Blacksmith, a steakhouse serving “new ranch” cuisine in downtown Bend. The “Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf” is made from a combination of beef, pork, and veal, individually baked to order (yeah, how come Mom never did that?), glazed with homemade ketchup, and served with mashed potatoes, creamed corn, and a rich tomato-beef sauce. “The dish has been on since day one,” says McMichael. “We did try to take it off once, and I was inundated with calls and e-mails asking me if I had lost my mind.” —Emma Sloley

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