Warm Winter Foods

As the snow begins to fall and cold winds blow, what’s more comforting than a hot meal? I set out on a journey to find a few great dishes to warm up to.

My first stop was to Schmaltz Deli on Ogden Avenue for their mouth-watering Motzo Ball soup. A dumpling made with eggs and flour is rolled into a ball and then simmered in chicken soup.

“This time of year, everybody has colds and it’s flu season and they need a bit of warmth in the belly, so Motzo Ball soup made the way we do…it really clears the nose,” said Howard Bender, the CEO of Schmaltz Deli.

The deli’s classic hot pastrami on rye with homemade spicy mustard compliments the soup well.

I then visited Hugo’s Frog Bar in Downtown Naperville for a taste of their delicious lobster bisque, made entirely from scratch.

Roasted vegetables, house seasoning, paprika, a bit of brandy, and of course lobster blend perfectly for a hearty broth…and fresh chives top it all off.

“We use paprika so you get a bit more of that smoky flavor, it’s not salty, not spicy, not fishy at all…especially with this cold weather, you want something nice, hot, tasty. So our lobster bisque is delicious for a nice cold day” said Jose Sosa, the Executive Chef.

Over at Quigley’s, I tried their signature Guinness Beef.

The beef tenderloin tips are sautéed in a sauce of 14 ingredients, including Guinness beer, thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper, plus Quigley’s secret ingredients.

Managers say that the entrée is a huge draw during the winter months.

“It’s got a real zesty taste – definitely comfort food, what you’re going to want on a cold day – come in at 5 or 6 in the evening, have your salad, have a pint of Guinness as usual, enjoy your dinner, your entrée and then after that it’s time to go home and lay down. It’s fantastic,” said Jim Shaw, the manager of Quigley’s.

The entrée is also served with mashed potatoes and hot vegetables. A pint of Guinness is optional but certainly recommended.

Whatever you might be craving, these places offer plenty of options to thaw you out while satisfying your taste buds.

Other popular winter foods include stews, pasta, chili, and casseroles.

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