Consider chili. It's hot, hearty and appropriate to serve in winter months, to be sure, but that's not the only reason it's currently restaurateurs' favorite comfort food. Chili appears on 43.2 percent of the 6,000 menus that research company Datassential surveys, far outstripping fried chicken, which is on 27.5 percent of those menus, and crushing macaroni and cheese, which is on just 15.2 percent. That's because chili has many of the qualities that restaurateurs and customers are looking ...

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