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Warm Up with Winter Meal Specialties in Livingston County

February 18, 2021 | Story by: Shelby Rochowiak

While enduring a Michigan winter, there is no better feeling than sitting down for a warm meal. Thankfully, Livingston county is home to many coffee shops, eateries, and bakeries making it the perfect stop for those seeking warm, comforting foods.

Here are a few local favorites to get your stomach growling! For other delicious options, visit our #EatLivCo page to check out more restaurants in Livingston County.


Shepherd’s Pie from Jameson’s Irish Pub and Grill


Jameson’s Irish Pub and Grill offer several Irish specialties. Find savory dishes like corned beef and cabbage, Irish dumplings, and chicken pot pie on the menu. A local favorite is Shepherd’s Pie which is filled with ground beef, mushrooms, green beans, peas, carrots, and a creamy mushroom sauce. The dish is topped with garlic mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. Pair it with a slice of freshly baked bread and let this warm bowl of Irish comfort food take you away.

If you try any other Irish specialties at Jameson’s, Tag #LoveLivCo for a chance to have your scrumptious photo featured on our website or social media pages.


Sip on Mushroom Brie Soup from The Wooden Spoon


The creamy mushroom brie soup is a signature at The Wooden Spoon. Visit this creative bistro that changes up its menu often and features an array of chef-crafted specialties. When you eat here you can take a stab at a bold, original dish or take comfort in knowing that you can always order a bowl of this warm, savory soup.

This winter, enjoy a warm meal on The Wooden Spoon heated patio or igloo!


Add Smoked Brisket to your Killer Mac & Cheese at Block Brewing

Add smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, or chicken tenders to Block Brewing’s Killer Mac & Cheese. This house-made macaroni and cheese includes cavatappi noodles, candied bacon and is topped with cornbread crumbs.

Top off this ultimate comfort meal with one of the following Block Brewing’s BBQ Sauces: House, Carolina, Texas Hot or Sweet.


Dip buttery breadsticks in creamy garlic spread at Tomato Brothers


For breadsticks even better than Olive Garden’s we would hands-down recommend Tomato Brothers! These legendary breadsticks are hand-rolled, buttery, and soft. They are the perfect vessel for garlic spread, house-made ranch, or sweet marinara.

Add a bowl of pasta to your order and experience just how comforting food from Tomato Brother’s can be.


Enjoy Braised Short Ribs next to the double-sided fireplace at Bourbon’s


a plate with braised short ribs and corn bread at Bourbons

These slow-roasted short ribs are topped with a beef demi-glace and pickled red onions. They are served with hand-mashed potatoes and bacon braised collards, and cornbread.

Order Braised Short Ribs or a cup of Jambalaya Soup and let the bold, southern-inspired flavors at Bourbon’s warm you up after a cold winter day.

Enjoy a slice of Upper Peninsula heaven and order authentic pasties from Village Pizza & Pasties


Visit Village Pizza & Pasties menu to check out their array of delicious pasties. Try venison, lamb, beef, pork, or chicken pasties. If meat is not a part of your diet fear not, try the vegetarian pasty!

Breakfast pasties made with steak, bacon, egg, and potato are also on the menu. These pasties are perfect for those looking for a hot, hearty breakfast to eat on the go on a cold winter morning.


Comfort food? Say no more! Visit Cozy Inn, home to The Original Cozy Burger



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Warm-up by the outdoor firepits and sink your teeth in a hot, juicy Cozy Burger from Cozy Inn. This burger is a local favorite and is served with a bag of chips for only $8.49. Go on a Monday and get this favorite local meal for only $4.95!

Enjoy Cozy food from the comfort of your own home and order carryout drink specials and delicious eats.


Sweet, glazed cinnamon rolls from Scratch Sweet Shop


Pulling apart a gooey, warm cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven is the perfect way to find comfort on a cold winter day. Enjoy a cinnamon roll or other sweet treats like fudge, cake pops, cupcakes, brownies, and more at Scratch Sweet Shop!

Keep an eye out for the Good Deeds Coffee truck parked in front of Scratch Sweet Shop. Pair your sweet treats with a hot cup of coffee or purchase a bag of beans to brew at home.

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The Wooden Spoon

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Block Brewing Company Howell

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Tomato Bros Restaurant & Tavern

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Village Pizza & Pasties

3620 Avon St, Hartland, MI 48353, USA

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Cozy Inn

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