4 Comfort Foods to Heat up Your Customers This Winter

With winter around the corner, it’s time to replace some of your lighter, summer menu items with hearty options to keep diners warm throughout the winter months. In fact, restaurants that offer seasonal menus see a 26 percent uptick in orders compared to restaurants that stick to the same menu year round.

Typical wintry food options include menu items such as soups and stews, but what about thinking outside the box a bit?  Here are a few winter comfort foods you can spice up, and keep diners coming to – and ordering from – your restaurant, even when temperatures drop below zero.

Grilled cheese & tomato soup

Simple, quick and always satisfying, grilled cheese paired with tomato soup is a staple cold-weather meal. Since it’s quick and affordable to whip up, it’s also an easy lunch option for restaurants. You can offer the classic sandwich with American cheese, or offer diners the option to customize with a variety of cheeses and other ingredients, such as bacon, tomato and avocado.

Ramen

This college favorite has grown into a major food trend in recent years – city-guide app has tracked a 25 percent increase in “ramen” mentions over the past year and ramen shops are popping up in major cities across the country. Pair ramen with some miso broth, vegetables and garnishes, and you’ve got an innovative, delicious dish on your hands. The mixture of hot broth and noodles will leave diners feeling warm and full when temperatures drop.

Mac n’ cheese

If you don’t have it on your menu already, mac n’ cheese is often a go-to winter comfort food for both kids and adults. You can serve it classic, or give diners a few add-on suggestions, similar to the grilled cheese options above. Popular options include bacon, tomato, spinach and sriracha. You can also offer smaller portions of mac n’ cheese as a side to accompany sandwiches and salads – or add it to your list of appetizers for the table to share.

Slow-roasted meat dishes

From pulled pork to pot roast, slow-roasted dishes are both a crowd pleaser and easy menu item. Rather than spending a lot of time in front of the stove, all your back-of-house staff will have to do in most cases is prep a few ingredients and throw everything in a crock pot for several hours. Once ready, your restaurant with fill with the comforting aroma of a home-cooked meal. Consider pairing with other winter staples, such as baked or mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and cornbread.

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