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Phantom Gourmet’s Picks for Meals to Melt Away Winter in New England

Steak and Fries

A perfectly seared steak with French fries from Red Heat Tavern.

(Photo: Red Heat Tavern)

Here are eight of the best restaurants to help warm you up this winter.

900 Degrees
Manchester and Epping, N.H.

With a name like 900 Degrees, you can be sure this place will warm you right up. This Neapolitan style pizzeria boasts a wood-burning oven that pumps out pizzas topped with everything from jalapenos and sausage, to a Saltimbocca-style pie, to a version topped with marinated chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, apple slices and honey-roasted walnuts.

The Duck & Bunny
312 Wickenden St., Providence, R.I.

This is not your average restaurant. In fact, The Duck and Bunny calls itself a snuggery: A cozy comfortable place, with plush white leather seats and a fireplace where you can snuggle up with some of the craziest crepes in the country. For a true Rhode Island experience, get the New York System crepe filled with chopped hot dogs, meat sauce, onions, mustard and celery salt.

Hops N Scotch
1306 Beacon St., Brookline, Mass.

This gastropub specializes in all of the classic comfort food you enjoy when it’s cold, like Scotch eggs, juicy burgers and big steaming plates of mac and cheese. But no dish will truly warm you up like the fork-tender short ribs served on a bed of soul-satisfying mashed potatoes.

La Brasa
124 Broadway, Somerville, Mass.

Most of the cooking here is done on an open fire, so both the food and the blaze coming from the open kitchen will warm you up. The airy eatery is decked out with reclaimed wood and a lofty ceiling housing a big bustling dining room. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can start your meal with a slice of slow-cooked rib roast that’s carted around the dining room and sliced tableside.

Menotomy Grill & Tavern
25 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, Mass.

Menotomy’s double cheeseburger will have you seeing double, and it’s made even better with the addition smoky tomato jam. The French dip is big and beefy, served with au jus for dipping. But the wings will really warm you up by setting your palate ablaze with a zippy chipotle citrus sauce.

Red Heat Tavern
Wilmington and Bedford, Mass.

The fire-kissed food at this eatery is sure to warm you up, with perfectly seared steaks and super-juicy burgers coming out of its Josper charcoal broiler oven.

Redstone American Grill
20 Third Ave., Burlington, Mass.

The dishes you’ll find here – like fondue, rotisserie chicken and a wood-fired Cajun ribeye topped with balsamic grilled onions – are all perfect for a chilly day. But the atmosphere is where Redstone really brings the heat, with roaring fireplaces strategically placed throughout the space.

Thwaites Market
36 Railroad St., Methuen, Mass.

Thwaites is a throwback grocery store that specializes in English meat pies: small savory snacks filled with everything from mac and cheese to spicy Buffalo chicken to broccoli and cheese. But nothing will fill you up and warm you up like the perfectly seasoned original English pork pie.

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