Skip to main content Skip to footer
Loading nearest TA locations…

5 Limited-Time Comfort Food Specials That Are Worth the Drive

Tracing the origins of America’s favorite comfort food unveils a tapestry whose threads represent many cultures intertwined throughout history. Our country’s heritage is rich with the flavors from our collective pasts, and our future is as promising as the recipes we carry forward with us. We hope to honor America’s culinary history with our new, limited-time Comfort Classics menu.

One of the featured dishes, meatloaf dates back to medieval Europe, when fifth-century versions of the dish included fruits, nuts, and seasoning. In the past, it was originally served as a breakfast food. But over time, the recipe evolved to highlight more savory flavors, and by the late 1870s, it became an iconic American dinner. Whether you order our meatloaf for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you haven't tried meatloaf until you’ve tried Maira's Meatloaf. Named after our Corporate Executive Chef, Maira Morales, our meatloaf's special recipe pays tribute to the dish's history while also offering a new flavorful spin. Chef tested more than a dozen recipe alterations in order to get the meatloaf just right, and we’re excited for you to try it!

In addition to Maira’s meatloaf, you can also enjoy a variety of other popular comfort foods, including our Cleveland Clinic-approved Untraditional Spaghetti & Meatballs, made with whole wheat spaghetti and a light marinara sauce. Visit Country Pride®, Iron Skillet®, and participating full-service restaurants to try our new chef-crafted comfort food entrees below!

Comfort Classics: Homestyle Meals Away From Home

  • Maira’s Meatloaf
  • Road Trip Pot Roast
  • Untraditional Spaghetti & Meatballs*
  • Road King Ribs
  • Bread Bowl Chili

*Healthy option recommended by Cleveland Clinic.

From Truck to Table—Let Us Be Your Favorite Stop

With main entrees including meatloaf, pot roast, BBQ ribs, chili in a bread bowl, or spaghetti and meatballs—plus sides including mashed potatoes, green beans, garlic toast, and more—there’s comfort in every bite. Chef Maira’s recipes are packed with all the flavor and nostalgia of hearty, homecooked meals, making every entree an experience worth writing home about! Enjoy your next meal inside TA®, Petro®, and TA Express® travel centers for comfort food that tastes like home—even when you’re on the road.

About the author

TravelCenters of America

A Blog By TA & Petro Stopping Centers