Dining out with friends and family is a heart-warming remedy to beat the winter blues! There’s nothing like the simple pleasures of delicious winter comfort foods – from hearty soups to traditional southern staples to simple finger foods to meting tender, falling-off-the bone ribs. We guarantee our Winter Comfort Foods round-up will be sure to satisfy your seasonal cravings.

Hearty Soups

There’s something comforting about a hot bowl of tomato soup. Rustic Tomato Soup with fresh Roma tomatoes and grilled ciabatta bread will please your palate and warm your soul.

Tomato Soup

Craving something spicier? Try Tortilla Soup, a brilliant, spicy orange dish garnished with tomatoes, cilantro, avocado, Chihuahua cheese, and broken tortilla chips. It’s first prepared by roasting tomatoes and olive oil in an oven, and toasting guajillo chiles and pasilla chiles, which give the soup an extra kick!

Tortilla Soup

Mac ‘n Cheese

This crowd-pleasing southern staple steals our heart due to its versatility (and let’s face it – we’ve loved it since it came from a box!). Today’s modern take on in mac ‘n cheese is smothered with Gruyère, goat cheese, white cheddar, and/or mozzarella. It’s spiced up with chili powder or mustard. And customized with shrimp, crab meat, corn, red peppers, onions, smoked sausage, grilled chicken, and shaved beef (you name it – they’ve got it)! Restaurant chefs even sneak pureed veggies into the mix for feeding young children.

Another fun and easy option the whole gang will love is mac ‘n cheese balls. It’s one of our cheesy faves and there’s no need for utensils with this dippable appetizer!


mac n cheese balls

Fried Chicken and Waffles

Fried Chicken and Waffles is a delicious combo of meaty, crunchy, savory, and sweet (all on one plate!) In our opinion there’s nothing quite like light and airy homemade waffles, served with crispy fried chicken and drizzled in homemade maple syrup. It’s a comfort food that will feed your stomach and your soul.

 Fried Chicken and Waffles


Craving a comfort food on the smaller side? Sliders are the perfect option for you! Restaurants offer meat and meatless varieties, such as sirloin beef sliders, pulled pork, chicken, and veggie burgers.

Feeling adventurous? Dress up your sliders with BBQ sauce, bacon, mushrooms, onion rings, jalapenos, cheddar, and/or pepper jack cheeses.


Pork Ribs

Now is the ideal time to satisfy your taste buds with a big pile of pork ribs. Smoked to perfection, ribs are simmered over hickory wood for eight hours and then seasoned with BBQ sauce.

*Tip: Add a side of homemade corn bread, coleslaw, and beans to complete your meal.


Pork Ribs

 Braised Beef Short Ribs

Braised short ribs are flavorful, tender, and quintessential to any winter dining experience! Chefs have experimented by pairing short ribs with:

  • Garlic mashed potatoes and veggies
  • Chili with dark beer and chipotle peppers
  • Soft tortillas, dressed with avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime
  • Grilled cheese with pickled caramelized onions and arugula

Braised Short Rib


Now that you’re hungry, search Restaurant.com to discover winter comfort foods near you!