Winter comfort food: Warm your heart and fill your stomach with these cold weather classics

Winter comfort food: Warm your heart and fill your stomach with these cold weather classics

It’s cold, it’s windy, it’s month 2,139,095 of a global pandemic. I do not know about you, but I think what I need is a little more comfort in my life. That means melted cheese, potatoes, soups and decadent, rich flavors.

Going out to eat is something I’ve missed in the last two years of isolation and seclusion, so when I got the chance to visit some of my favorite restaurants, I struck out.

This month, I present four of the most delicious dishes that will fill your stomach and warm your heart. These local eateries are the basis of the local restaurant scene and offer a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. You can come as you are to share a meal with friends, someone you care about, gather with the family, catch a football or soccer match and enjoy delicious dishes and cocktails.

The Bookhouse Pub

The Bookhouse Pub
736 Ponce De Leon Ave. BORN.
(404) 254-1176
Grilled cheese sandwich with havarti and gouda on a baking tray white bread, served with spicy tomato dip sauce. Shown here paired with a bowl of creamy tomato soup, offered on special the night I visited. I also ordered some of their delicious french fries because YOLO. Dipping fritters in tomato soup is one of the greatest joys of life.

Hampton + Hudson

Hampton + Hudson
299 N. Highland Ave. BORN
hamptonandhudson.com
(404) 948-2123
Baked hash-scramble, with a delicious concoction of scrambled eggs, mixed cheeses, red potatoes, roasted peppers and onions and topped with bacon. Served in a mini cast iron pan, this one is quite heavenly and rich. Dressing hot cheese is infused throughout the scramble, giving a dreamy unity to the ingredients in it.

Brick Store Pub

Brick Store Pub
125 E. Hofpladsen, Decatur
brickstorepub.com
(404) 687-0990
Chicken pot pie with locally made, all-natural chicken breast, carrots and crimini mushrooms. Only available after 17.00 this one is definitely worth the wait. The crumbled, flaky crust is not only delicious but also fun to break with a spoon, and inside lies the chicken and vegetables in a creamy, rich sauce.

Thinking Man Tavern

Thinking Man Tavern
537 W. Howard Ave., Decatur
thinkingmantavern.com
(404) 370-1717
Piles of rounds, you say? A huge pile of potatoes smothered in hot, sticky cheese, you say? Why, yes, it’s exactly as delicious as it sounds. Add some fresh pico and sour cream, and definitely add bacon, to one of the most indulgent salty dishes I’ve had recently. I paired the dish with a cup of tomato soup, which is garnished with a blob of goat cheese and comes with grilled slices of bread. This is one of those flavor combinations that makes me come back again and again, I just can not bring myself to order anything else on the menu because it’s just so good!







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