When temperatures drop and snowstorms rage, nothing’s better for warming the body and soul than a good meal. From hot spiked coffee and hearty chili to satisfying kale salads and steaming pot pies, Denver’s restaurants have everything you’ll need to banish the winter blues. The weather outside may be frightful, but with these dishes and eateries, comfort is the operative word.
THREE SISTERS CAFE & CATERING
1717 Stout St., 303-991-8772 (Soup Line, 303-313-2171)
With eight ever-changing soups (look for options like creamy carrot ginger and spicy pork green chile), Three Sisters is the undisputed king of the Denver soup scene. Just how serious about soup is this lunchtime spot? In addition to the main phone number, there’s a dedicated soup hotline.
WEST END TAP HOUSE
3945 Tennyson St., 303-433-4759
Booze won’t be the only thing keeping you warm at Berkeley’s West End Tap House. From poutine and truffled mac and cheese to meaty elk chili, all of the comfort food–inspired small plates are sharable among friends. You’ll be ready for any subfreezing outdoor adventure—after your food coma passes.
1900 16th St., 720-420-0614
When you can’t take the soup, meat, and carbs of winter anymore, look no further than Honor Society’s hearty winter salad. The restaurant’s favorite green—like most of the free world’s—is kale. Look for the nutritious leaves to be tossed with arugula, butternut squash, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and Parmesan cheese.
504 E. Colfax Ave., 303-832-4840
Settle in on a blustery night with Prohibition’s chicken pot pie. The crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside biscuit crust gives way to a comforting mix of chicken and roasted veggies. Top it off with a cocktail (perhaps the Trappist Monk Coffee with coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and Frangelico) from the Capitol Hill bar’s winter menu.