Simple, homey food is a big draw for many chefs. Take the meatloaf at The 1770 House
in East Hampton, NY, which has a sweet, roasted-garlic sauce, and is memorialized in Ina Garten's book Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
. Whenever chef Tim Dacey, of Capa Restaurant
at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, dines at 1770, he orders it. "It fits exactly what I'm always looking for: simplicity, substance and, most importantly, flavor." Jeff Mahin
, executive chef/partner at Summer House Santa Monica
, Stella Barra Pizzeria and M Street Kitchen, also likes to order something that brings him back to childhood: Chinese hot and sour soup. He's on a constant quest to find one that's as good as the one he remembers eating while growing up.