Chunky soups and hot sandwiches make for timeless cold-weather favorites. But lip-smackin’ barbecue, spicy noodles and fresh-baked desserts are also cozy go-to staples used to curb the season’s chillier streaks. With joints that cater to those seeking sit-down service or take-away eats, here’s where to dig into hearty fare once the region gets another taste of lower temperatures.
Baked brie, French onion soup, chicken entrees, stir-fry and burgers (get the bleu cheese) join 220 East’s medley of delectables. The restaurant will cook your catch, too. 220 E. Davis Island, Tampa, 813-259-1220, 220east.com.
Capo De Monte
An Italian market showcasing hot subs and pressed paninis alongside six cheesesteaks all-the-way dressed (cheese, onions, mushrooms, roasted peppers). 8400 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, 727-394-7800.
The Dunedin Smokehouse
No-frills barbecue coated with sauces made in house. Phil and Tammy Renaud’s smokehouse features an outdoor patio fit for cold-weather merriment, live music and way more. 471 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-2227, thedunedinsmokehouse.com.
Eddie & Sam’s Pizza
This pizzeria creates its pies with imported water from NYC. More than 20 toppings can dress your slice of choice, and something tells us the other grub is just as killer. 203 E. Twiggs St., Tampa, 813-229-8500, eddieandsamspizza.com.
El Puerto Restaurant & Grill
An array of Latin food that spans land and sea. Pastas, stews, grilled sandwiches and more. 1623 E. Fifth Ave., Tampa, 813-248-8222, elpuertoybor.com.
Modernly twisted Mexican classics. Choose from a range of soul-warming fare, including shredded beef burritos, chicken tortas, enchiladas and potato flautas. 1991 Drew St., Clearwater, 727-449-2445, encantomex.com.