Boston's Heartiest Rib-Sticking Comfort Foods

By Scott Kearnan  |  November 26, 2013

The mercury doesn't lie; winter is almost here. As the weather gets colder, we find ourselves craving some stick-to-the-ribs comfort food. So here's a handful of spots around town where you'll find heart-, soul- and stomach-warming plates that feel seasonal and satisfying on a cold Boston day. 

  • Beef Short Rib at Commonwealth

    Chef Steve "Nookie" Postal opened his Cambridge restaurant Commonwealth at the beginning of November, and we have one very good reason to venture over - the massive braised Pineland Farm beef short rib. It's a rich and savory standout on a meat-heavy menu (617-945-7030).

  • Giant Haxe at Bronwyn

    Few cuisines offers more rib-sticking satisfaction than German food. And there's plenty of heft and heartiness to be found in this 2-lb., bone-in, beer-braised pork shank. It's served with roasted potatoes, apple and sauerkraut (617-776-9900).

  • Autumn Lasagna at Trina's Starlite Lounge

    It's not exactly nonna's recipe, but we think she'd approve. On a cold day, Trina's autumn lasagna will put some meat on your bones: it features layers of pasta interspersed with pork belly, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, roasted apples, fontina and hazelnuts (617-576-0006).

  • Mac 'n' Cheese at Tico

    Serrano ham adds a little extra heartiness to chef Michael Schlow's skillet of mac 'n' cheese, the perennial comfort-food favorite that never fails to make us feel like a kid again. Sorry, that was cheesy (617-351-0400).

  • Ham and Cheese Poutine at Post 390

    Chef Brian Young tries a different play on poutine that feels seasonal and savory. House-cured brown-sugar ham and roasted fingerling potatoes get a nice slather of cheddar sauce; rosemary, garlic and roasted red kuri squash add some kick (617-399-0015).

  • Pork Shank at the Biltmore Bar & Grille

    'Tis the season for cider. Biltmore chef Frank Toohey is now serving up a cider-braised pork shank with a root vegetable ragu and apple chutney (617-527-2550).

  • French Toast at Abby Park

    Want a truly filling breakfast? Abby Park will load you up with a decadent apple cinnamon frittered French toast. It's stuffed with apples and cinnamon cream cheese, and served with maple whipped cream (617-696-8700).

  • Lamb Neck at Bistro du Midi

    The Boston Common-side French spot brings refinement to a hearty plate of lamb neck with goat cheese polenta, trumpet royale mushrooms, baby Brussels sprouts and persillade (617-426-7878).