So, yeah, it’s cold. The Arctic vortex has yet to return to the North Pole, leaving us with shivery conditions. In these cases, perhaps the best course of action is retreat and eat.
Here’s a short list of comfort foods on Capitol Hill to help you through the cold.
Chili cheese fries — The Tune Inn, 331 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
This is the kind of chili dreams are made of: thick, with kidney beans and beef and layered on top of potatoes that have been thoroughly fried and then blasted in an oven. The cold doesn’t stand a chance against this dish.
The Tune Inn is ready to serve chili cheese fries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Onion soup “au gratin” — Bearnaise, 315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s French-Canadian roots come in handy when prepping food for the weather weary. Anyone been to Montreal in the winter? It’s a long stretch of cold, and it helps to eat the right food. Start with a bowl of this cheesy, greasy goodness.
Mendelsohn, center, knows cold winters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
In Louisiana, red beans and rice are a staple on Mondays and for comfort food purposes everywhere. At Johnny’s, where owner Ann Cashion worships at the New Orleans food altar, they serve a mean rendition with spicy sausage that’s worth its weight in good feelings. Plus, you can hum along to the Booker T and the MGs song while you eat.
Chef Brad Walker knows how Slavic souls (including this writer) stay warm in Balkan and Balkan-like winters: starch and dairy products. The tangy sourness of quark makes the buttery goodness of the pierogi shell a welcome addition to the belly on days such as these.
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick