- Eileen Falkenberg-Hull For the AJC
When you're looking to warm up, these cold-weather comfort food dishes and drinks around Atlanta will keep away the chill.
Ration & Dram's Chicken & Dumplings is made from scratch using Darby Farms chicken, Southern Swiss Dairy milk made into cream and fluffy biscuit dumplings. The restaurant promises the dish "will make you feel like you're at your grandmother's house." 130 Arizona Ave NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307, 678-974-8380, www.rationanddram.com
Bone Lick BBQ's Jalapeño Mac and Cheese takes the creaminess of traditional macaroni and cheese and spices it up with jalapeño. With this heat, you'll kick the cold to the curb. 327 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, Ga. 30312, 404-343-4404, www.bonelickbarbecue.com
BETTER HALF's Silk Handkerchief Pasta is one of the few items that has been on the menu since the restaurant's opening. Made with wild mushrooms, tomato marmalade and porcini cream, the dish is both delicate and hearty. Bldg. C, 349 14th St NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30363, 404-695-4547, www.betterhalfatl.com
McKendrick's Steak House Cream Corn is loaded with thick cut bacon, onion, garlic and red pepper flakes, adding a kick to any meal at the Dunwoody steakhouse. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, Ga. 30346, 770-512-8888, www.mckendricks.com
Local Three's Crispy Brussels Sprouts are only on the menu when in season. But when they are, they're quite popular. To make the dish, Local Three's chefs combine brown butter, sherry, rosemary and sea salt with the vegetable for an aromatic, earthy taste. 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30327, 404-968-2700, www.localthree.com
Taiyo's signature ramen rotates flavors with the season. Decatur's Makan restaurant recently changed its name to Taiyo and now focuses even more on ramen. Diners can order Chicken Miso Ramen with overnight chicken broth, Sun Noodles, poached egg, roasted pork belly, seasonal vegetables and miso blend. 130 Clairemont Ave Suite 100, Decatur, Ga. 30030, 404-996-6504, www.taiyoramen.com. Find out where else to eat ramen around Atlanta here.
Le Bilboquet's Les Moules Marinières is the restaurant's take on a classic steamed mussels dish, which will warm you up after a shopping spree. To get the desired flavors, Le Bilboquet's culinary team combines the mussels with white wine, shallots and parsley. 3035 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30305, 404-869-9944, www.lebilboquetatlanta.com
Portofino's Brodetto features tagliatelle, shrimp, clams, mussels, octopus and lobster brodo in a combination that will hit the spot. 3199 Paces Ferry Pl NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30305, 404-231-1136, www.portofinoatl.com
MAYA Steaks and Seafood's Café Bodega is a coffee-based beverage that will satisfy your adult sweet tooth -- and ward off winter's chill. The concoction contains coffee, aged bourbon, Kahlua, Frangelico, simple syrup, cream, mint leaf and shaved Gianduja chocolate. 6152 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30328, 404-705-8880, www.mayasteaks.com
The General Muir's Matzoh Ball Soup, a gourmet twist on the old classic, is sure to heat things up. Emory Point, 1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, Ga. 30329, 678-927-9131, www.thegeneralmuir.com
Sweet Auburn Barbecue's Turnpike Pulled Pork Bowl is a hearty combination of Stone ground cheddar grits topped with scallions, housemade barbecue sauce, house-smoked pulled pork and housemade pickles. It's good year-round, but especially when the mercury dips. 656 North Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30306, 678-515-3550, www.sweetauburnbbq.com
CACAO's dark sipping chocolate can be prepared at its North Highland location. There, the award-winning blend of boiling milk and the chocolaterie's signature sipping chocolate are whisked together and sweetened to taste. 1046 N. Highland Ave. Atlanta, Ga. 30306, 404-892-8202, www.cacaoatlanta.com