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America's Best Comfort Foods

America's best comfort foods: Stanley's Kitchen and Tap's mashed potatoes

Courtesy of Stanley's Kitchen and Tap

Mashed Potatoes

The Restaurant: Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap, Chicago

The Skinny: This convivial neighborhood hangout was founded in 1993 as a pub and restaurant serving home-style food with a Southern spin. All the much-loved standards are here—mac ’n cheese, chili, meatloaf, Southern fried chicken—but the dish to beat is the mashed potato. “We’re sure people love our version because it has plenty of cream and butter,” speculates chef Jaysen Euler. “But we also believe it’s because for the last 17 years they’ve been made the same each and every day. In fact, there are three employees that prepare our potatoes the majority of the time, and all three have been with Stanley’s since the day we opened.” —Emma Sloley

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