Best Comfort Food

Best: The Majestic
911 King St., Alexandria, (703) 837-9117
2nd Best: Pho 75
1711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, (703) 525-7355
With hearty, familiar dishes like meatloaf, pork chops, and tableside Caesar salad, you’re as likely to see the Majestic’s classic American meals on Mad Men as on any family Sunday dinner table. The restaurant’s twists on old favorites give you grandma’s kitchen without having to do grandma’s dishes. But if you’re looking for more exotic comfort, hang your head over a bowl of steaming pho at Pho 75 and feel the stress of the world melt away. Whether it’s your liver or nerves that need soothing, the magical elixir of salty beef broth and noodles inspires lust and relief in equal measure. Pho 75 focuses on one thing: getting you seated with a bowl of pho in front of you. Every bowl comes with the requisite garnishes to make your soup as spicy, salty, tangy, or crunchy as you like. Try a sweet drink of young coconut to balance the briny broth.