Something about cold weather makes me crave meat. And so on a recent blustery evening at The Rossi, my friend and I were drawn to course after course of meat.

Something about cold weather makes me crave meat. And so on a recent blustery evening at The Rossi, my friend and I were drawn to course after course of meat. Our waitress even tried to steer us into more healthful territory by suggesting we get salads. We politely declined. Needed to save room for more lamb, chicken and steak. Here's what we tried:

Winter Roasted Chicken: Winter-brined Gerber chicken with chorizo-sweet potato bread pudding, braised greens and pan drippings.

I'd sampled this bread pudding at a Crave party earlier in the summer, and it was as amazing as I remembered. The spicy-sweet stuff delivered a flavor punch that chicken dishes are often lacking. This chicken, too, was far superior to most restaurant takes. The brining yields super-juicy, succulent meat.

Pastrami-Cured New York Strip with charred tomato vinaigrette, wagyu bone marrow and a root vegetable hash.

You won't see the bone marrow anywhere on this plate--you'll just taste its soul-warming meatiness soaked into each and every bite.

Grilled Lamb Lollipops with bacon jam and a parsley puree.

These guys are tender and well-seasoned enough to appeal to even those who don't usually like lamb. (i.e. I usually like my lamb a little lamb-ier, but still quite enjoyed these.)

The Rossi

895 N. High St., Short North

614-299-2810

rossibarandkitchen.com