Posted on December 11th, 2012 by .

The best thing to do when the temperature dips below freezing is to find the closest hearty meal. So, to help prepare for the imminent snowfall and arctic winds, here’s a list of dining options that will stick to your ribs and help keep you warm through the winter months…

A Quebec traditional comfort food, the shepherd’s pie from restaurant Mâche (pictured above) in the Latin Quarter is definitely a hit for people avoiding the cold. With six different variations of the original classic of ground beef, corn and mashed potatoes, this spot is offering variations that include pulled pork, merguez sausage and veal.

Restaurant Biarritz on the Main offers up a seasonal menu that changes weekly. Reflecting what’s available at the market, the winter season sees its share of soul soothing menu options such as the pork belly confit with cauliflower puree, romanesco, currants and capers.

Baxo, located in the Old Port, serves up modern terroir inspired dishes in an atmosphere as rustic that is able to charm the snowpants off of winter. Not to be missed is the entrecote for two – served on their signature butcher block with seasonal root vegetables, this dish will help you hibernate well into the night.

There’s nothing like a big bowl of hot soup on a cold and blistery day to keep you warm. What’s even better is if that bowl of soup is piled high with barbecue pork, saucy braised beef. Nudo in Chinatown offers a dinner and a show – the show being your noodles being made in front of your eyes.

If it’s coming in after having a snowball fight, or fighting your neighbour for a parking spot dug out in a snow-bank, warming up with a hot chocolate is synonymous with winter. Nowhere does it better than Montreal’s primere “Chocolate Bar”, Cacao 70. Close to 25 different kinds of hot chocolate ranging from 29.2% purity, all the way to 100% (with or without alcohol), a definite chocolate lover and aficionado’s fantasy destination.

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