It’s rare to find a restaurant that’s both family-friendly and serves some of the best dishes in town, which is why Blue Collar is such a treasure. Located in the former lobby of an old motel, this beloved spot from chef and owner Daniel Surfer embraces his twin passions for excellent new-American cuisine and a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Not surprisingly, it tends to be crowded, so patience is essential. Leave your name on the wait list and take a good look at the menu, which features inventive takes on comfort food classics. Once you’re seated—it won’t take too long—you’re in for a feast to remember, with house specialties like shrimp and grits with bacon, seared diver scallops with red peas and sweet cherry gastrique, and that perennial kids’ favorite, mac ‘n’ cheese. Adding to its crowd-pleasing ethos, Blue Collar has an extensive menu of vegetarian and vegan options, from a cool tomato and mozzarella salad to the vegetable-of-the-moment, sautéed kale. Laugh and talk with your family as you try each other’s dishes, but be sure to save room for dessert. The whole family has to order their famous bread pudding, which is so good you might not want to share a single bite.