New England winters and melted cheese go together so well.  I mean, cheese works year-round, but there's honestly something about wintertime comfort food involving cheese that makes the melty deliciousness a must.

Here are six restaurants that deliver the goods if you're looking for cheesy comfort food.

We start with New Hampshire.

I discovered that Gilley's Diner in Portsmouth has mouthwatering chilly cheese fries.  As we watch the temperature drop, all I have to say is yes, please.

But let's get cheesier with some cheesy mac.  I mean, if that doesn't scream warm, cozy comfort on a weekend with highs in the teens, I don't know what does.

Mr. Mac's in Manchester, as the name says, is literally based on a love for made-to-order macaroni and cheese dishes.

Meanwhile, nothing says warm nights like chili smothered in cheese.  Mojo's West End Tavern in Portsmouth definitely fits the bill on that one.

Grilled cheese is about as winter comfort as you can get, especially with tomato soup while curled up on the couch watching TV. The restaurant Cheese Louise says it all.  It's in Conway and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and there's also one in Portland, Maine.

Speaking of Maine...

My hunt for, you guessed it, lobster mac n cheese is a given. Sure enough, right in York is Lobster Cove Restaurant. The first item listed under the menu's Everything Lobster section is exactly that warm delight, smothered with cheese.

Lobster Cove Restaurant via website
Lobster Cove Restaurant via website

Should we check out Massachusetts?

I'm thinking the perfect cheesiness on our addictive quest for warmth by food is cheesy soups, and I found some on the menu at The Grog in Newburyport.  Soup equals winter.

So much cheese, so little time.  There's fondue, cheesiest of cheese pizza of course, and of course, nachos, as long as the cheese is dripping.

What are some of your favorite cheesy foods, and where can we find them?

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