If this winter is anything like last winter — and we’re hearing rumors and rumblings that it will be — we’re going to need a heck of a lot of comfort over the next few months. To help you make it through, we’ve compiled a list of DC’s comfort-food classics that are sure to warm you from the inside out. We admit we cheated just a bit by adding some ultra-cozy dishes from a few newcomers, but we think you’ll agree that these newbies are definitely classics in the making. Here’s where you can indulge your cold-weather cravings for something gooey, soupy or carby — with a dash of chocolate thrown in for good measure:
#9 Poutine Tots at GCDC: Called Canadian tots ($9) on the lunch menu and poutine tots on the dinner menu ($10) proves that a tot by any other name is just as delicious. We’re talking fried potatoes smothered in cheese curds, gravy, mushrooms, bacon and chives with truffle oil. Can you blame us for including this super-addictive dish even though GCDC is less than a year old?
The Gobbler is stuffed with a cranberry-apple spread, turkey, Brie, tater tot-cranberry stuffing and mushroom gravy. $9 for lunch / $12 for dinner with a side (Available through 9 PM Wednesday, November 26, 2014)
Check out GCDC’s own Bruce Klores and Doug Abedje, featured guests on Federal News Radio’s Foodie and the Beast, hosted by David and Nycci Nellis. Steven Klores was on hand too, cooking up grilled cheeses while Doug mixed new fall cocktails.
Host Jim Stacy and the crew from The Cooking Channel’s Offbeat Eats filmed at GCDC. “The Cheese Factor” episode will air on October 31st @ 9:30 PM, November 1 @ 10:00 AM, November 2nd @ 3:30 AM and November 2nd @ 11:30 PM. More info >
DC’s top-notch grilled cheese joint went a little overboard, but in a very good way — they’re now serving ice cream grilled cheese sandwiches for dessert. Initial skepticism gives way to supreme satisfaction after just one bite. The “ice cream” is actually constructed from cream cheese and has the texture of a semifreddo. Pictured is the cinnamon-apple version served on brioche French toast. Get them from 4 – 9pm.