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Houston’s Best Cold Weather Restaurant Dishes

Houston’s freezing winter, relatively speaking, is usually short lived. So now is the time to savor the hot dishes – stews, casseroles, and fondue – that we might avoid on a summer day in Houston.

These cold-weather comfort foods reflect the local culinary scene: diverse, full of exciting flavors, and available at all prices.

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Some local highlights include, of course, soups and stews from around the world. Including chicken soup presented in various ways.

Mi Pueblito at 9425 Richmond serves ajiaco, a South American chicken soup made from three varieties of potatoes. Mexican chicken soup comes in the form of pozole, a stew of pork and red sauce with hominy, but it is also served as pozole verde with salsa verde and chicken. Other Mexican-inspired chicken stews include traditional tortilla soup and sopa de fideo, a slightly spicy broth made from vermicelli. For an Asian flavor, look for Ga Kho pho, the dry chicken pho, which is served with the broth on the side. The dried chicken makes for an intensely fragrant soup.

Beyond soups, Houston still serves traditional Southern comfort food to warm you up and fill you up. Among these is the traditional chicken pie with a twist: it’s served between buns as a sandwich at FM Kitchen and Bar, 1112 Shepherd.

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For a Texas classic, Armadillo Palace, 5015 Kirby, offers a signature dish: a hand-cut venison brisket topped with cheese, onions and fritos.

Elsewhere, there are Cajun flavors, including the local favorite: Rainbow Lodge’s, 2011 Ella Blvd., homemade smoked duck okra. Gumbo, of course, comes to town in various ways.

For dessert? It’s the best season to go to Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer and dip churros in homemade hot chocolate.

What’s your favorite food on a cold city day?

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