Bowl Town

Cozy soups and stews in Ogden worth the drive

It’s been more than a few years since the word hygge hopped across the Atlantic and into our lexicon. Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality. Especially in winter, humans seek a space that’s nice, snug, safe and known. We’re drawn to places where we can be comfy, whether at home or at dining spots that offer a warm and inviting vibe.

So where to go to get that cozy feeling in January? Ogden, for one, has the hygge concept well in hand. These four eateries, located less than an hour north of Salt Lake City, serve up simple dishes that will warm you to your toes and keep you contented as you ring in the New Year. The “less is more” concept should not be confused with diminished flavor. So, bundle up, take a leisurely drive and check out these savory soups and stews.

Sometimes, simple is best. Bombay Grill’s creamy spinach with warm spices of garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika, coriander, fresh green onion, fresh tomatoes and cilantro simmering over chicken or shrimp is just the ticket on a cold winter’s night. For more than 12 years, Ogden locals have enjoyed the delicious chicken or shrimp saagwala, a signature dish of Jaspal Singh, who hails from Punjab, India. Don’t forget the fresh-baked naan to soak up every last drop of sauce that his wife, Jagdish, creates. They offer upward of 10 different varieties of naan, all baked in a tandoori clay oven. Bonus feature: a very kid-friendly atmosphere.

Bombay Grill
3035 Washington Blvd., Ogden

Vegetable Beef Soup
When “what’s for dinner?” comes up again, the Old Grist Mill Bread Co. prepares dozens of wholesome soups weekly, along with fresh-baked breads and cookies, where wheat is ground daily on premises. So popular it’s a daily special, the beef and vegetable soup comes by the cup, bowl or quart, brimming with old-fashioned goodness, chock full of carrots, potatoes, peas and delicious beef broth. Just what you remember as a child on a cold winter’s night. Grab a piece of cornbread if it’s available. Feel free to bring the entire family for this very informal dining experience.

Old Grist Mill
460 Second St., Ogden

Casual Japanese local-fixture on Riverdale Road, Windy’s Sukiyaki is known for a variety of traditional, cooked-with-care homemade gyoza, donburi, ramen and udon, not to mention wonderfully prepared sushi. In winter, try the sukiyaki in one of their tea rooms. After all, it’s the restaurant’s namesake, and for good reason. Served in a hot iron skillet, this comforting, semi-sweet broth topped with enoki mushroom, fresh vegetables, Napa cabbage, beef, onions and noodles is sure to warm your bones. Cooked with care, this meal in a hot pot comes with rice.

Windy’s Sukiyaki
3809 Riverdale Road, Ogden

Tom Yum Soup
The most warming soup that “Pat” offers at Bangkok Garden has to be the tom yum soup. Tom, meaning “spicy” in Thai and yum, meaning “sour,” best describes the dish. The broth—made with lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, tomato and yellow and green onions—gets accents from chili pepper and secret spices. Shrimp, seafood or vegetarian versions are all available at this award-wining eatery. Add rice noodles or rice, and all we can say is “Yum!”

Bangkok Garden
2426 Grant Ave., Ogden

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