I ended last week with my fork twisting through a huge bowl of spaghetti and meatballs from Niecie's (6441 Troost). And for the better part of a half-hour, the only thing I was thinking about was how to make more room for the delectable bowl of pasta.
Because great comfort food is like a hug. You never know you needed it until you've wrapped your arms around it.
"How are you this evening?" our server asked as we were seated in the comfortable vinyl booths that ring the dining room.
"Good. And you?"
"I'm blessed," he replied.
He then blessed us with a dish that was as much meatballs and spaghetti as spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce was simple and the right thickness. It clung to the pasta but didn't overwhelm it. Some dishes transcend the diner, and this one had me still eating long after my stomach was sending signals that I was full.
Bring a friend because you won't just want to try the spaghetti and meatballs. Discover, as The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza did, the nirvana of chicken and waffles or the fried catfish. (Be sure to check the whiteboard for the daily specials when you walk in the door.) And do your best, even though you'll likely fail, to leave some room for Niecie's chocolate cake or peach cobbler.
Niecie's opens at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast (which is served all day) and closes at 8 p.m.