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Winter Menu Favorites

Even though our Los Angeles weather is rather agreeable compared to snowy climes this month, there are days when something warm in the belly hits the right note. Here are five picks from Marina del Rey restaurants that are sure to keep the chill at bay.

French Onion Soup at Cafe del Rey

French Onion Soup at Cafe del Rey

Cafe del Rey’s French Onion Soup

This waterfront restaurant debuted several new menu items in early January, this plate being one. Cup your hands around the toasty crock of French onion soup, flavored with madeira wine and topped with crostini and brûléed Gruyère. Order it as a starter, or make it a meal with the entree version (lunch only) that includes a gussied-up grilled cheese: roasted apples, caramelized onions, and brie.
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Killer Shrimp

The famous Killer Shrimp

Killer Shrimp’s Namesake Dish

The claim to fame, Killer Shrimp, is a generous helping of shelled or shell-on shrimp served in a spicy broth crafted with a secret family recipe. It’s guaranteed to clear the sinuses! In second place is the restaurant’s generous portion of lobster mac-and-cheese.
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Classic meatloaf at J. Nichols Kitchen

Classic meatloaf at J. Nichols Kitchen. Photo: Katie T., Yelp.

J. Nichols Kitchen’s Meatloaf

Even if you scrunched up your nose at this homestyle dish as a kid, give it another chance at this bistro located at the Villa Marina Marketplace. The J. Nichols version is served in a beef-shallot reduction alongside creamy mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable.
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Butternut squash soup

Butternut squash soup

Cast & Plow’s Butternut Squash Soup

Executive Chef Eric Duchene is serving up this seasonal favorite topped with cinnamon créme fraîche. If it’s a drizzly day, you can still enjoy awesome views of the harbor from indoors.  
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Sapori's lasagna

Sapori’s lasagna

Sapori’s Lasagna 

If we’re forced to pick a single dish at this Italian restaurant located at Fisherman’s Village, the rich lasagna bake is tried-and-true. Individually baked housemade lasagna comes layered with a rich meat ragout, bechamel sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
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