The days may be getting longer, but spring is still a ways off – particularly if you put any stock in groundhog predictions. That makes comfort food for the soul especially pleasing during the tail end of winter.
Whether you’re warming up after a refreshing day enjoying Winterlude or prefer being a couch athlete cheering on our Olympic team, here are 5 restaurants (and there are plenty more) offering stick-to-your-ribs, warm-you-up comfort food in frigid February.
Patty’s Pub: You’ll find both traditional and modern pub fare here, but for can’t-miss comfort, try the shepherd’s pie. Great atmosphere, friendly and down-to-earth, and there are options for wee ones as well. 1186 Bank St.
Quinn’s Ale House: Another great spot for pub fare (and some tasty craft beer), Quinn’s thinks of itself as a pub with character. Their Bag ‘O’ Fries served with garlic mayo is to die for, or for variety try the sweet potato fries with roasted red pepper garlic mayo. Yum. 1070 Bank St.
The Manx Pub: While you don’t have to go to a pub for comfort food, the Manx is another that warms you up on a cold night, especially if you opt for the short ribs: Moroccan braised, served over a feta, olive & chickpea ragout with a baby spinach salad tossed in preserved lemon dressing. Need I say more? 370 Elgin St.
Elgin Street Diner: Diner food at its best, this Centretown staple boasts “perfect poutine” and “kickass burgers”, as well as belt-busting breakfasts. Throw in a milkshake and you’re all set. 374 Elgin St.
The Lieutenant’s Pump: Soup is winter must-have and the Mulligatawny Indian Chicken Curry Soup is just one of several hearty offerings at the Pump, which boasts menu choices beyond the usual pub grub. 361 Elgin St.
As I mentioned, there are plenty more options both close to home and further afield. Be brave, face the cold, and go out and find your new favourite comfort food.