FEEL-GOOD FOOD ON THE ROAD

PHILADELPHIA: JONES, (215) 223-5663. When the restaurateur behind trendy Pod and Morimoto does comfort food, don’t expect a dingy diner. Stephen Starr’s new spot serves all the standards, from deviled eggs to mac and cheese, even Duncan Hines cake, but with signature style. The ’70s-inspired setting evokes a Brady Bunch feel. Bring it on, Jan.

CHICAGO: WEST TOWN TAVERN, (312) 666-6175. Chicago chef Susan Goss has opened the kind of eatery that every local wants on their block: an upscale place for low-scale comfort food in handsome wood-and-brick surrounds. Start with the beer cheese ball, the kind of spreadable cheddar your parents used to serve. Move on to the savory pot roast and finish up with the classed-up s’more dessert topped with homemade marshmallows.

MIAMI BEACH: CAFETERIA, (305) 672-3663. New York’s in-style purveyor of home-style cooking, Cafeteria launches a South Florida sequel on popular Lincoln Avenue in South Beach. Patrons pack away meatloaf, fried chicken, and buttermilk waffles, and people-watch from the rooftop bar (which will open in the fall) or from booths in the dining room that pivot around to face the street.