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Comfort Foods in DC

Something about winter makes us want to put on a cozy sweater, curl up by a fire and eat nothing but stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. There will time to burn it off later. So when you're cold and hungry for heat, warm up at these spots in DC.

Art and Soul Restaurant


Dig in to hearty southern favorites at celebrity Chef Art Smith’s DC outpost.

Inspired by Chef Art Smith’s Southern roots, Art and Soul serves up regional favorites and down-home deliciousness. Go family-style with fried free-range chicken for two, which features buttermilk-brined chicken over scallion-speckled mashed potatoes and braised greens topped off with a black pepper gravy. If you yearn for your Grandma’s cooking give the petit chicken and sourdough dumplings a try. Or if coastal cuisine is what you crave, dig in to a warm helping of shrimp and grits made with creamed Geechie Boy Grits, andouille sausage and okra gravy.

Carmine's is a family-style Italian restaurant located in the heart of Downtown DC, mere blocks away from the Verizon Center. It is known for its large-portioned meals and cozy family atmosphere.


Go family-style at this Penn Quarter Italian favorite.

“Eat…eat,” says a little Italian grandmother somewhere. At Carmine’s they’ve mastered the art of family-style Italian. Generous portions fill the table (and your belly) so it’s guaranteed you won’t go hungry. Choose your pasta and then choose the sauce of your choice – a thick, hearty Ragu or Bolognese should do the trick. For the Secondi (Italian for main course) go with Chicken Marsala smothered in velvety mushroom gravy. When it comes time for dessert you should heed the word of The Godfather and “take the cannoli,” chocolate in this case.


Transport yourself to South America without leaving DC.

You think South America and you think meat. Del Campo has taken this South American love of meat and elevated it to new levels. The eatery grills everything, even the lemons in the lemonade – trust us, it’s delicious. Transport yourself straight to the estancia by starting the meal with Empanadas Del Campo filled with wagyu skirt steak, caramelized onions  and accented with smooth romesco sauce. The Local Beef Short Rib Stew is every bit as rich as it sounds, with bone marrow, smoky “burnt” vegetables and fall-off-the bone tender beef. What’s more comforting than ooey-gooey s’mores? Try ooey-gooey Peruvian chocolate s’mores with burnt marshmallow ice cream.


Go big or go home at this Texas-style barbecue joint.

Everything’s bigger in Texas. You can think of that more as a promise at Hill Country – the local ode to all things Texas barbecue and Texas music. It makes the barbecue on premise every day in a custom meat-smoking room so you can sample the specials of the day or enjoy one of the tried-and-true favorites, like the moist brisket or short rib. Pick your poison when it comes to side dishes, but the Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese and the White Shoepeg Corn Pudding will have you begging for seconds.  If you can still hang, dig your fork into the big-as-the-Texas-sky German Chocolate Cake.

The Brixton
Raise a pint to this U St. British chap.

The English are known for doing breakfast right. And this popular British-style restaurant and pub puts on a right proper brunch. The Sunday Roast & Brunch offers diners a choice between roast beef with herb jus or crispy pork belly with spice apple compote and then sides of cider braised greens, duck fat potatoes, glazed carrots and Yorkshire pudding and gravy. The sweet-toothed will enjoy the sticky toffee French toast but a traditionalist can just order the full English breakfast. If it’s dinner time, try tucking into a plate of English banger sausages or fish ‘n’ chips.