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Houston’s Best Cold Weather Restaurant Foods

Houston’s extremely cold winter, relatively speaking, is usually short-lived. So it’s time to indulge in the hot dishes — stews, casseroles, and fondue — that we might avoid on a Houston summer day.

These cold weather comfort foods reflect the local food scene: diverse, full of exciting flavors and available at all price points.

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

Mi Pueblito at 9425 Richmond serves ajiaco, a South American chicken soup made with 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 loyalty sofa, a slightly spicy broth made with vermicelli. For Asian flavor, look for pho Ga Kho, a dry chicken pho, which is served with the broth on the side. The dried chicken gives a soup with an intense taste.

Beyond soups, Houston still serves up traditional Southern comfort food to warm you up and fill you up. Among these is the traditional chicken pot 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: hand-cut venison breast topped with cheese, onions and fritos.

Elsewhere, you’ll find Cajun flavors, including local favorite: Rainbow Lodge’s, 2011 Ella Blvd., house-smoked duck okra. Gumbo, of course, comes to town in different ways.

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

What’s your favorite cold weather food in the city?

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