The weather is getting cooler, and it's time to break out heartier dishes to compensate. That made us wonder — what places have the best comfort food in the area?

When you've had a rough day (or week, or year, it's been wild), sometimes your favorite meal can help make life a bit more bearable. We asked readers what restaurants had the best comfort food, and which items were their favorites. From pho to mac and cheese, the list goes on. Click though the gallery above to see what they said.