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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Best Winter Dishes in Btown

Categories: Wine & Culinary

When the snow starts to fall in Bloomington, we rely heavily on our unique local restaurants to keep us warm and cozy. Here are a few of our favorite dishes around town that are sure to warm you up this winter. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of restaurants in town. Check out our restaurant section for all of Bloomington's eateries. 

Celtic Stew at the Irish Lion

Blarney Puffballs and a bowl of the Celtic Stew at the Irish Lion is the BEST non-alcoholic winter warmer in Bloomington. If you are looking for something a little harder to go with your stew, make sure you ask to see their impressive list of whiskey. 

 

Khao Pad at Esan Thai

Khao Pad is great anytime, but the heat of the dish is especially good on a cold day. It's a fried rice dish with Chinese broccoli, onions, tomatoes, green onions, eggs and your choice of protein, plus customized spiciness. FYI level 3 at Esan Thai is screaming hot.

 

Hot-n-Spicy Saganaki at Trojan Horse

the trojan horse gyro

If flaming cheese dip won't warm you up, we're not sure what will. After the saganaki, try one of their classic gyros piled high with a delicious blend of savory lamb, beef and spices and Zaziki. If you're vegetarian get the falafel or the V.I.P. 

 

Anything at Darn Good Soup

Winter Food - Darn Good Soup  

Soup is made to fill your stomach and your soul with warm deliciousness on cold winter days. Lentil spinach is a Darn Good Soup fan favorite and on the menu just about every day. Chicken Tortilla is probably the second most popular in town, holding down the omnivore side of the menu. If you can't decide on a soup you can choose to go half and half. It may sound crazy but give it a shot next time.  

 

Tomato Basil Soup at Bucceto's

buccetos

Rich roasted tomato flavor and fragrant basil are poured into every bowl. Seriously it is so good. If you can't decide just order pizza and the soup, or at least some breadsticks. 

 

Southern Gentleman at Function Brewing 

Winter Food - Function Brewing

This cheesy creation is perfectly balanced oozing with two kinds of cheese, candied bacon from Smoking Goose, arugula, and pickled peppers on crusty jalapeño cheddar bread. Get it with a side of blue cheese slaw (tangy and more cheese duh) and their milk stout to finish it off.

 

Ramyum at Korea Restaurant

ramen at korea restaurant

Nothing will warm you up faster than the Ramyum dish on the lunch menu at Korea Restaurant on 4th Street! This vegetarian ramen noodle dish comes out piping out in a giant bowl and is spicy to boot. For all the carnivores out there, add pork. Come for the food, stay for the K-Pop music videos playing in the dining room.

The Runcible Spoon is in a cozy converted house that is the perfect spot to spend a snowy weekend morning. The Veggie Bennie (2 eggs, spinach, tomato, cheese, and Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin) with a side of home fries (amazingly savory herbed potatoes that will ruin all other home fries for you) is the perfect winter breakfast that will keep you satisfied all morning long. Their coffee is imported and roasted on-site, with unlimited refills. Split a pitcher of mimosas with friends for good measure.

 

Danielle Lucas

Danielle Lucas

Danielle was the Graphic Designer for Visit Bloomington from 2015 to 2019.