Warm Winter Cuisine

Colder temperatures have finally arrived in Cortland County but that doesn’t mean you should stay in every night! Over the coming winter months we’ll share some suggestions for hearty, soul warming food.


Utica might have invented chicken riggies but Hairy Tony’s perfected this delicious dish. It’s creamy sauce with just enough of a spicy kick will definitely warm you up on a cold night in historic downtown Cortland. Hairy Tony’s is your classic pub that shares the strange tale of Tony and his crew on the ship that ventured to the pole and battled a whale. Why is he called hairy? You’ll have to visit this local pub to find out the tale yourself!

Cortland’s premier coffee lounge by day and pour house by night, BRU 64 has a great variety of coffee, baked goods, and an ever-changing rotation of craft beer. And while coffee would warm you up we’re recommending their macaroni & cheese. Served in a sizzling skillet, the cavatappi pasta is baked with an array of cheese and is topped off with crispy breadcrumbs. There is enough for one hungry traveler or a great dish to share with a friend as you stay warm while watching the snow fly outside.

Eat in or order to go, any sub or soup you get from Rex’s Deli & Italian Market will most likely get you through a couple of meals! For the colder weather, the beef poutine sub is definitely worth a try and will warm you up! Piled high on this sub is homemade roast beef and gravy with cheese curds. You might want to grab an extra napkin or two for this sub.

The chicken, bacon & ranch pizza is a 2011 Taste of Downtown award-winning pizza and a local favorite at Brix Pubaria. This Neapolitan style pizza is topped with grilled chicken, bacon, and a drizzle of their homemade ranch dressing. This pizza is great to share with friends or all to yourself! If the brick oven pizza doesn’t warm you up, the warm and original brick interior might.  Cozy up in a booth or sit at the large wooden bar. Be sure to check out the chalkboard art before you leave.

Looking for something sweet to warm you up this winter? It is worth the short drive to Anderson’s Farm Market for a fresh hot apple cider donut. Made fresh and only available on Saturdays, you can take a peek into how they’re made. Of course, Anderson’s has a lunchtime daily special of different soups and a homemade meatball special that will be sure to warm you up too!

With warm original light fixtures, exposed beams, and street corner setting in the historic Village of Homer, Dasher’s Corner Pub is a perfect winter spot to have something good to warm up with. Their generous helping of their award winning New England Clam Chowder is our pick for a cold weather treat. While you wait you might admire the eclectic collection of salt and pepper shakers (different at every table) or try a Whiskey Sour still made in their 1865 hand crack cocktail mixer.


There you have it. Just a start of some local favorite foods to help keep you warm during these cold winter months. Full of lively atmosphere, locally owned, and delicious food and drink, get out this winter and experience the local food! Stay tuned for more great winter cuisine to keep you warm this winter.