Sometimes, we all need a dose of cozy, soothing nourishment. Here are five dishes I’ve enjoyed recently that are the culinary equivalent of a warm blanket.
33rd Street Bistro
An East Sac breakfast go-to for many years, 33rd Street Bistro plates up a traditional and tasty version of this iconic (and caloric) morning treat. Poached eggs and Canadian bacon are piled on toasted English muffins, then doused with a silky, buttery Hollandaise sauce. You’ll get an extra helping of comfort from the kitchen’s crusty, onion-flecked breakfast potatoes.
Daily Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Count on Magpie Café to cook up a fabulous, seasonally inspired soup to warm your toes on a chilly day. This bowl of goodness is paired with a hefty, thick-grilled cheese sandwich, embellished with a fancy sliced pickle and cornichon. Need some sweetness? Follow your meal with one of Magpie’s scrumptious fresh-baked cookies.
Braised Short Ribs
If you’ve got carnivorous cravings, dig into Kitchen428’s just-like-mom’s braised short ribs. Meaty and fork-tender, the boneless, rosemary-kissed ribs have been slow-cooked in red wine, then plated up with a generous mound of tangy horseradish-garlic mashed potatoes and a slew of toothsome vegetables. It’s the perfect nosh for a rainy Sunday evening.
Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen
This zinger of a hot dog will make your taste buds snap to attention. Drewski’s grills a hoagie roll, then packs it full of a bacon-wrapped, all-beef hot dog, cheddar cheese, grilled onions and tongue-tingling spicy aioli. (Pack a toothbrush and extra toothpaste if you plan to kiss your sweetie after devouring this dog).
Mussels & Chorizo
Hock Farm Craft & Provisions
Hang your face directly over the bowl and let the fragrant steam from this marvelous dish envelop your senses. Hock Farm bathes a slew of fresh mussels in white wine, chili flakes and garlic, and the ensemble is dotted with fried chickpeas and garnished with grilled bread—don’t forget to dunk it in the broth.