When the temperature drops, we desire hot, hearty dishes which do more than just fill your stomach, but nourish your soul and warm you up inside out! From hot stews, comforting casseroles, every culture has their signature cold weather dishes, which are as diverse as the countries they come from.
Travel the world right here in DC with some of the best comfort foods.
Boundary Stone – Guinness and Beef Pot Pie
Irish beef and Guinness stew and pot pie are both individually great, but when combined in Boundary Stone’s take, it makes for one of the best winter foods, period. The flaky pastry gives way to incredibly seasoned brisket and tender vegetables, and it gets better with each forkful. We’ll be warming up with this all winter.
Et Voila - Carbonnade a la Flamande
This traditional Belgian Flemish beef stew is simmered in dark Belgian beer and is deeply flavored with herbs. Et Voila’s version is tasty, warm, comforting and makes for a perfect winter meal. Actually, it’s good any time of the year but especially on a cold night. While you are there, get the killer French Onion soup as well!
Baan Thai - Tom yum Noodle Soup
I’m a fan of all things Baan Thai, but especially their Tom yum Noodle soup. The bold flavors of lime, pepper, and garlic are enough to wake up all your senses, and the chewy noodles with pork and ground chicken soak up all the flavor of the broth. All in all, Baan Thai does some tasty dishes with their noodles (khao soi is delicious!) so satisfy your noodle soup cravings here this season.
Barrel – Bolognese Tagliatelle
Barrel has always been a favorite for drinks, but did you know they also have a pretty fantastic menu? Their house made pastas are especially good, and is there really anything better than a plateful of hot pasta in winter? I think not. The tagliatelle with pork and veal Bolognese is my go to and while I’ll eat it anytime of the year, it’s especially satisfying in the colder months.
Indique – Morel vegetable stew
I’ll admit it, I tend to over indulge in winter dishes, and once in a way I need that “feel good but not a cold salad” option. For those days, I turn to Indique’s morel mushroom and vegetable stew. The coconut flavored South Indian stew with curry leaves and green chilies is light but flavorful, and the heartiness of the morels comes through for a satisfying meal.
Stable – Raclette
If you enjoy copious amounts of melted cheese, then you absolutely must try Stable’s raclette experience this winter. This table side preparation of Switzerland’s iconic dish - gooey raclette cheese with boiled potatoes, pickles and a salad, is decadent and delicious. If you can’t spend winter in the Swiss Alps, make do with Stable’s raclette, enjoyed best with a few bottles of wine of course.