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Whet Your Winter Appetite in Kent

From chili to chicken fried steak, winter is the season to seek comfort in food. Find out what’s on the menu in Kent, Washington.

This time of year, nothing sounds or tastes better than piping hot chili, classic meat and potato dinners, or spicy, creative ethnic cuisine. You can find it all in Kent. Here are just a few spots to enjoy some winter dining.

Take comfort in some old-school fare. Golden Steer Steak ‘n Rib House has been feeding happy locals since 1999. Bring your appetite. Golden Steer serves up a big menu of big food, including juicy steaks and hearty ribs, meat loaf, chicken fried steak, roasted turkey, pot roast and more. Don’t hold the gravy.

Warm up with some spicy fare. Feed your need for spice at Banyan Tree Thai restaurant at Kent Station. If you want some heat, try the steamed spicy mussels, barbecue pork or drunken noodles, or choose from a slew of curry selections. Tom yum soup with mushrooms, lemon grass, galangal (aka Siamese ginger), kaffir lime leaf, chilis and fresh lime juice is a house favorite.

Bite into gyros, falafel and so much more. Winter is a great time to try some authentic Mediterranean fare at Olive Tree Mediterranean Restaurant. Warm your belly with traditional kebobs, falafel, gyros and loads of vegetarian options. If you’re looking for a bowl of cold-weather relief, try the tepsi, a traditional Iraqi dish of fresh eggplant, tomatoes and onion baked in tomato sauce and spices.

Take the chill off with chili. JP’s Taproom+Grill offers an array of dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. But nothing says winter warmer like JP’s chili, made from steak and ground beef simmered in Omission IPA with veggies, spices and black beans. The beer in the chili doesn’t really count. Be sure to pair your bowl with one of many brews on tap, including several regional selections.

Get a taste of Hawaii. It’s winter in the Pacific Northwest. You deserve a little sunshine on a plate. Kent boasts three Hawaiian restaurants. Enjoy traditional island dishes and some creative twists at Big Boys Kainan, Saiman Says and Aloha Hawaiian Grill.

Your winter-food fix is waiting for you. Find out more about places to eat and things to do In Kent.