Comfort Food: Hot Spots
This Brookline fave lures locals on even the most frigid evenings with its cheery staff and glorious fire. Arrive early for one of a handful of cozy hearthside bar tables and dig into the Yankee cuisine and hot toddies. / 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-975-1900.
Each of the three rooms is bathed in flickering firelight, so it’s no wonder this is a lovers’ retreat. Couples will want a tiny table close to the hearth, but less intimate groups will also feel the love. / 71 1/2 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-3524.
As the barkeep stokes the fire, peel off your mittens and park yourself at the communal wooden table in front of the hearth. Grab a pint of Guinness, a plate of fish and chips, and plenty of good craic. / 5-11 McBride St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-2000.
Almost every seat at this classic North End spot is prime. The wood-burning brick oven pumps out pizzas, baked pastas, and lots of heat, filling the small dining room with mouth-watering aromas—and grateful patrons. / 93 Salem St., Boston, 617-723-6733.
Oleana may conjure white lights and a magical summer garden, but a plateful of its Arab-Mediterranean mezze is equally delectable inside. Request a table for two with a view of the wood-burning stove or in the boisterous bar. / 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-661-0505
Joe V’s / There’s no roaring fire, but the welcoming staff will make you feel snug and at home in one of the comfy banquettes, while the thin-crust pizzas and (very) reasonably priced wine list set hearts aglow. / 315 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-338-5638.