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Eat This Tonight: brined pork, four-cheese macaroni, and duck legs

Hearty Comfort Food to Warm the Soul

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Temperatures may have reached the 70s last week, but this week sure feels like winter. If you're like us, you've been craving hearty comfort food that will keep you warm.

Rosebank Farms Café on Johns Island reopened today with their new Chef Graham Parris, who's experimenting with original dishes and tweaking some old ones. Parris says, "Our peach tea-brined pork tenderloin is perfect for chilly weather." The brined pork is juicy and tender, topped with housemade Creole mustard then paired with haricot verts and honey-roasted sweet potatoes. Don't forget about their warm soups — order a big bowl of fresh and creamy tomato basil bisque or she-crab soup.

Executive Chef and Owner John Zucker at Cru Café recommends his famous four-cheese macaroni. With orecchiette pasta, mozzarella, fontina, pepper jack, and aged cheddar, this made-to-order creamy dish is sure to leave you satisfied. For a super good meal, pair it with the barbecue beef brisket sandwich from the daily lunch menu. The barbecue is topped with country slaw and zesty sauce on a brioche bun.

82 Queen is celebrating its 31st birthday with a special prix-fixe menu. Through Feb. 13 you can get an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $31. Choices include crispy duck tenderloin covered in an orange honey mustard sauce and served with a cherry and pistachio salad as an appetizer and spiced plum-glazed S.C. quail with Brussels sprouts as an entrée.

At Osteria la Bottiglia on King Street indulge in the duck leg confit served with Italian sausage ravioli. The duck leg is slowly cooked with house-blended spices and served in a light mushroom cream sauce. Their steaming white bean and rosemary home-style soup — a Tuscan classic of puréed cannellini beans, rosemary, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil — is a good belly-warming choice too.

Every January Poogan's Porch celebrates its anniversary by rolling back to 1978 prices. This year is their 35th anniversary and you can get some authentic Southern fine dining at ridiculously cheap prices. For starters there's Chef Isaac's she-crab soup for $2.99 or the mac and cheese for $3.75. Featured entrées include the crab cakes served with grits and stewed tomato and okra for $9.99, buttermilk fried chicken covered in sage herb gravy and paired with whipped potatoes and collard greens for $7.75, and pan-fried pork chops with smoked gouda country ham mac and cheese, green beans, and a gravy for $8.50. With over 20 items on the rollback menu this is an annual deal you don't want to miss.

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