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Five Dallas Dishes to Keep You Warm During This Week's Terrible Cold Snap

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What the? Unless you were sequestered your apartment with blankets over the windows, you had to notice it was 80 degrees at one point this weekend. Birds were singing, tree blossoms exploded, and baby deer were frolicking with rabbits along Turtle Creek, trying to remember where they parked their car the night before.

Yet last night sleet turned Stemmons Freeway into a bobsled track for cars, and now low temperatures are expected to remain close to freezing the rest of the week, squashing your plans to box up your sweaters for the season. But don't be glum: Spring can't be that far off, and when it does come you'll lose your excuse to hunker down with these cold weather faves.

Monkey King Noodle Company (pictured above) Dan Dan noodles, soup dumplings and beef noodle soup -- any of these could crush your sad wintery feelings, but order all three and you'll be warm until spring finally arrives. Monkey King combines big, bold flavors with hand-crafted techniques to deliver some of the best Chinese street food to be had in Dallas.

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Pho Pasteur A super bowl of pho at Pho Pasteur delivers an epic quantity of soup. The broth is already steaming hot when it arrives, but you can make it hotter with a measure of sriracha sauce and a few slices of fresh jalapeño. With just one sip your mouth will be aglow, and the rest of you won't be too far behind.

*****

Frito Pie at Local Oak Everyone knows a hearty bowl of chili is warming, but add a fistful of Fritos and some shredded cheese and you've got something that will stick to your bones clear through to summer. Local Oak's chili stays true to traditional Texas style, but it's got a sweetness and tang that makes it unique.

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Fresh pasta at Carbone's I can't pick just one. All of the pasta at Carbone's is made from scratch and whether you choose the rigatoni, the lamb bolognese, the ever-popular spaghetti and meatballs or some other variation, pasta equals comfort food, and comfort food will always keep you warm.

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Ramen at 20 Feet From the rich broth, to the supple noodles to the puck of fatty roast pork that floats like a raft, everything about the bowl of ramen served at 20 Feet will warm you. You might not expect to see this ubiquitous Japanese soup at a small restaurant that emulates a New England seafood shack, but there it is, right alongside a chunky clam chowder and a hopelessly buttery lobster roll. Slurp your way to the bottom of this bowl and you won't care if spring comes or not.

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