The Best Winter Menus in Dallas Right Now
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January, which falls between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, is rather short in terms of special menus. And it’s not that we always need cozy food to protect ourselves from the cold on the few days when the temperature drops below 60 degrees.
Even so, restaurants in Dallas have food to keep our souls warm in winter. From grilled cheese sandwiches to seasonal root vegetables and hearty soups, these dishes create warmth even when we don’t really need them. Creamy pasta dishes, desserts, and drinks are just as welcome, as are the healthier dishes some of us are looking for as the New Year begins.
These 10 Dallas restaurants serve soothing, creamy pasta dishes, desserts, drinks, and more that let you know winter is here.
718 N. Buckner Blvd., No. 100 (Old Lake Highlands)
Opened in December, Bar None in East Dallas doesn’t have a seasonal menu, but it does have a few things we like to eat in winter.
There are baked potato soup and cioppino (fish stew), as well as four different types of grilled cheese sandwiches. You can also enjoy the Sunday sauce from Bar None as a starter or main course, regardless of the weather and season.
6007 Legacy Drive, No. 180, Plano
Bulla Gastrobar offers various roasted dishes on its winter menu, including creamy butternut pumpkin soup with cracked pepper and Spanish paprika. The soup is served with toasted cheese crostini for dipping.
Another option is the braised caldoso brisket made from red sofrito, piquillo confit, crispy chickpeas, and Valencia-style rice. Vegetarians can enjoy the Parrillada de Verduras – a grilled vegetable platter with homemade Romesco sauce.
For dessert, Natillas is a Spanish pudding that is seasoned with cinnamon and served with biscuits. Winter cocktails include a spiced old-fashioned and a rose sangria.
Chicken All Vodka Pizza
Courtesy of Grimaldi
3636 McKinney Ave., No. 190 (Uptown); 8060 Park Lane, No. 105 (North Dallas); additional locations in Allen, Grapevine and Irving
Chicken Alla Vodka Pizza is the highlight of Grimaldi’s winter menu, which is available for take-away until March 1st. The pizza is topped with homemade tomato and cream sauce, chicken, onions, mozzarella and fresh basil.
Spinach and pecan salad goes great with fresh spinach, homemade candied pecans, dried cherries, red onions, and goat cheese, served with Grimaldi’s house dressing.
The seasonal cheesecake flavors are red velvet and Reese’s peanut butter cup. Winter cocktails include peach sangria, a cranberry mule, and the ginger apple jack made with Jack Daniel’s Black Label and Granny Smith applesauce.
3858 Oak Lawn Ave., No. 470 (Oak Lawn)
Through the end of January, Jalisco Norte is offering a special three-course meal for $ 42 per person and an additional $ 25 for optional wine or cocktail pairings.
The menu includes a selection of tortilla soup or tamal as a starter and apple pie for dessert. Starters include fillet steak with guajillo mushroom sauce, salmon with piloncillo chipotle glaze, or braised ribs with homemade mole de olla.
Email Jalisco Norte for reservations.
The broken souls
3615 Parry Ave. (South Dallas)
Las Almas Rotas, which was named the best take-away cocktail in this year’s Best of Dallas, always has something new to offer and this time it’s on the menu.
The pozole rojo ($ 10) on the menu was in high demand so the bar added an off menu soup option for vegetarians. The tortilla soup ($ 9) consists of toasted corn, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and avocado.
The bar also offers a chocolate drink with homemade masa, piloncillo, milk, cinnamon and cocoa. Sip it as it is or add a dash of mezcal or tequila to warm you up even more.
Courtesy of North Italia
2301 N. Akard St., No. 280 (Uptown) and 7501 Windrose Ave., No. D190, Plano
The menu in Northern Italy has been expanded to include seasonal dishes that are just right for winter. One of the highlights is a grilled branzino in lemon butter sauce with roasted broccolini, cauliflower, romanesco and cipollini onions, and sweetly roasted fennel.
A seasonal vegetable salad consists of roasted Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, farro, radicchio, and kale. The salad is topped with pecorino cheese cubes and roasted pistachios and refined with a white balsamic vinaigrette.
Sicilian ribs with short ribs, braised ribs, mashed tomatoes, olives and fresh spices top triangles of crispy polenta with melted Fontina cheese.
For brunch there is carbonara noodles and a pomegranate mule flavored with sambuca, which is a perfect winter cocktail.
Winter menu options in Northern Italy are available to eat or take away in spring.
2330 Flora St., No. 100 (Dallas Arts District)
Musume updates its menu regularly and the latest additions include an umami filet mignon and two vegan options. You can find the tat soi tofu in the starters and the karia itame spicy stir fry in the side options.
2001 Ross Ave., No. 125 (downtown)
Chef Ji Kang has created a special winter item for Sloane’s Corner. Cacio e Pepe risotto is made with arborio rice, butter, crème fraîche, parmesan, pecorino, freshly cracked pepper, and egg yolks to make it rich and creamy.
Request this special off-menu meal while you dine in or on the covered and heated terrace.
1617 Market Center Blvd. (Design District)
Town Hearth has been offering take-away meals for two on its TH Down Home menu since the pandemic began. Winter-inspired dishes appear on the menu, which changes weekly.
This week’s options include Lasagna Bolognese ($ 50) and Prime Beef Broccoli ($ 55). The fully cooked meals include side dishes and dessert.
Town Hearth phone takes orders for meals after 3:00 p.m. and roadside pickups begin at 5:00 p.m. Check the website for the latest offers.
The snow blower from Thunderbird Station
3400 Commerce St. (Deep Ellum)
Clever cocktails are just one of the things that make Thunderbird Station so much fun. For the winter, the retro spot with a huge heated terrace has added the snow blower, a soda cocktail with ice cream and ice cream, and the hot cran shaft, which is made with hot cranberry juice, chai spices, and flavored Hendrick’s gin.
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