5 Milwaukee Comfort Foods to Warm Your Belly This Winter

These dishes are perfect for a cold winter day.




Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes

$8.50 and $11.50, Café at the Plaza, 1007 N. Cass St.

Start the day on a hearty note with these citrusy, sweet-but-not-cloying cakes perfectly aligned with a chunky homemade blueberry syrup. Scrumptious.

Photo via Plaza Hotel website





$24, Pastiche, 4313 W. River Ln., Brown Deer

Chef Mike Engel’s rendition of this rich, sausagey, beany French soul soother warms you up quicker than two glasses of Côtes du Rhône. It’s worth every bit of the painstaking two-day confit preparation – especially if you don’t have to make it yourself. 

Photo via Pastiche Facebook




Korean Sunday Special

$11-$24, Char’d, 222 E. Erie St.

It’s all about Korean comfort: beef bulgogi, galbi tang (short rib soup), Budae Jigae (“army stew” with tofu and, yep, Spam), bibimbap. These specialties are paired  with warm rice and banchan – an assortment of piquant side dishes, such as kimchi. Dig in! 




Beef Wellington

$34, Hotel Madrid, 600 S. Sixth St.

One of the most delectable uses for puff pastry, this English specialty features beef tenderloin encased in buttery, flakycrisp goodness. Bodegón at Hotel Madrid surrounds the succulent meat with mushroom duxelle and serves it with a veal demi.

Photo courtesy of Hotel Madrid





Not just for summer campfires. While you’re at the new all-ages Hangout MKE Café and Lounge – where you can play foosball, Jenga, cribbage, even giant decks of cards – build your own s’mores from a buffet of sweet, crunchy and creamy ingredients. The staff will toast it for you. $4, Hangout MKE, 1819 N. Farwell Ave.

This Story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s 2020 Winter Playbook

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.