Warm Up With Winter Comfort Food in Salem, Massachusetts

A skillet of homemade mac & cheese

This winter, local restaurants are stepping up their menus with a variety of comfort food perfect to warm up downtown between shops or bring home for a cozy dinner inside. Find a full list of restaurants offering takeout and delivery here, locals’ picks for favorite takeout restaurants here, and keep reading to check out some favorite winter dishes to try in Salem.

Winter Lagers at Notch Brewing

One of Salem’s local breweries, Notch is serving up winter and Salem-themed lagers out of their Derby Street location. For seasonal dark lagers, try Tmavý, a Czech Dark Lager, or grab a liter of Czech Black Lager, Černé Pivo. Notch also has Salem-themed brews out this season, including Bavarian Helles, Salem Lager and German Afternoons, a German Pils featuring an illustration of Salem Willows on the label.

Notch’s Biergarten is open weekends (weather permitting, no reservations required), and curbside pickup is available. Visit notchbrewing.com for the latest specials, new beers, and updates on brewery hours, plus check out their new subscription service and get local beer delivered right to your home!

Comfort Food at Longboards

Longboards has revamped their menu with favorite items to help you warm up this winter, including a variety of mac and cheese dishes, meatballs, and chicken pot pie.

Dine in at their Pickering Wharf location (or out if you’re willing to brave cooler temps!), or order online for takeout. Be sure to follow them on social media too- Longboards offers weekly specials and is always serving up something new!

Bento Boxes & Ramen from Koto

A staple in Salem’s takeout scene, Koto is a local favorite for ramen soup, sushi, and Chinese and Japanese cuisine. This Washington Street spot recently added Bubble Tea to their menu, with a rewards program offering your 10th tea free!

For comfort food though, we’re focused on Koto‘s lunch specials that offer a variety of hot and fresh items at an affordable price, plus their ramen soup, perfect for when you need to warm up on cold days this winter.

Seasonal Lattes from Odd Meter Coffee

Odd Meter Coffee, Salem’s newest coffee shop just introduced a variety of seasonal lattes, including the shop’s current hit, the Cardamom seasonal latte. Another wintry favorite at their Washington Street location is the Spiced Iced, a blend of cold brew and milk of your choice, flavored with brown sugar, coconut, almond, cardamom, coriander, ginger and a hint of red pepper.

Looking for something sweet to snack on, too? Odd Meter has a pastry case with fresh baked good’s from Salem’s own A&J King. Stop by for a coffee or sweets like sticky buns, molasses cookies, and gingerbread muffins.

Family Dinners & Pre-Fixe Menu from Bella Verona

Bella Verona has special deals this season on family dinners and is offering a pre-fixe menu featuring an appetizer, entree, and dessert this winter. Their three-course menu ($32 per person) is available for dine-in (reservations strongly encouraged) or takeout, and includes items like stuffed eggplant, chicken parmesan, and more. Check their website ahead of your visit for weekly wine specials and takeout menus.

Turner’s Seafood Winter Entrees

Warm up at Turner’s Seafood with dishes like haddock marsala or a bowl of their famous lobster bisque. Dine in for a cozy setting in Salem’s historic Lyceum Hall, or order dinner to-go to dine comfortably at home. Find a menu and specials at turners-seafood.com.

Hot Cocoa & Winter Chocolates from Harbor Sweets

Winter at Harbor Sweets means sipping on hot cocoa courtesy of their Cocoa Santé hot chocolate line, available in four flavors and made with all natural ingredients, plus a Classic Gift Assortment, which features a nautical line, and Sweet Sloops (the first chocolate Harbor Sweets developed). Their Salt & Ayre line, with a mix of truffles and salted chocolates is a festive winter treat inspired by Salem’s history in the spice trade.

Both the classic Gift Assortment, Salt & Ayre and the Sweet Sloops come in a variety of sizes, and the cocoa is available in packets, tins or boxes. Shop at their Salem location on Leavitt Street or order online at harborsweets.com.

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