5 Ways to Warm Up When the Cold Hits (and Yes, All Involve Food)
OK, winters in Dallas are fleeting. Frozen tundra today, sweltering desert tomorrow. But when the bone-chilling temps do roll in, you’re going to want to head to one of these five restaurants. Why? Because they all have something special to warm you up, from a roaring fire to the best damn chicken soup this side of Texas.
Fireside Appetizers at Hibiscus
Before crossing the threshold of this Henderson Avenue mainstay, call ahead and ask for a table next to the fire. Not only is it super-cozy as you nosh on bites like cured coho salmon and ultra-creamy Perla burrata, but these seats are the first few in the restaurant, which means excellent people-watching.
2927 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-827-2927 or hibiscusdallas.com
Noodle Soup from Monkey King Noodle Company
Guys. These are the chewiest, most heavenly hand-pulled noodles in town. You have your choice of slow-braised beef or chicken as a protein, and your dish can be prepared at whatever spice level you’re feeling to chase away those winter blues. Dare we say, the chicken version is better than our momma’s.
3014 Main St.; 469-206-3658 or monkeykingnoodlecompany.com
Chili Pie at Stampede 66
The fireplace at this Uptown haunt is cozy (it’s a favorite of Laura and G. W. Bush), and chef Stephan Pyles has created a kitschy, belly-warming Texan dish that consists of house-made corn chips (much like Fritos), beef chili and candied jalapeños. It’s comfort food at its best, served up for lunch and dinner.
1717 McKinney Ave. #100; 214-550-6966 or stampede66.com
Caskmates Toddy at Meddlesome Moth
Nothing says winter (or a delicious cold remedy) like a classic hot toddy, and the Design District’s craft-beer emporium slings a delicious one. The warming drink is made with a shot of Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey mixed with lemon, mint and house-made apple butter, and it’s served with a small pot of hot water to dilute based on your preference.
1621 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-628-7900 or mothinthe.net
French Hot Chocolate at La Duni
Indulgent? Yes. Worth the calories in the Belgian chocolate, assorted cocoas and half-and-half cream? Absolutely. And let’s not stop at the hot chocolate. Order La Duni’s famous Cuatro Leches cake while you're at it.
4620 McKinney Ave.; 214-520-7300 or laduni.com