The winter of 2013-2014 has already brought record low temperatures and more snowfall than the last 2 years combined. With another winter storm and freezing temperatures in the forecast, there is nothing more comforting on a chilly day than a steaming bowl of hot soup. Colds and flus are also running rampant, and soup (along with plenty of rest) is still the best medicine.
Philadelphia’s restaurants offer a broad spectrum of soups - from decadent, high class soups like Foie Gras soup – to comforting, homey soupss that will only cost $5 a bowl. Stay warm this winter with one of the following best soups in Philadelphia.
Tomato Lager Soup, South Philly Tap Room
This delicious soup is available in 2 options. First, as an appetizer, the vegetarian Tomato Lager Soup is served with mini grilled cheese sandwich croutons. Or order the 3 Cheese Grilled Cheese full sandwich which is served with a cup of the soup. The chunky soup has an acidity from the tomatoes and a fullness from the Yeungleng Lager. 1509 Mifflin St.
Sopa Levanta Muerta, Cuba Libre
The name of the soup at this Cuban restaurant in Old City literally translates to mean “Soup to Raise the Dead.” The seafood soup is overflowing with crabmeat, baja bay scallops, shrimp and mussels, coconut milk, “chino-cubano” broth and truffle oil. It’s said the name is derived from being a perfect hangover food meant to “raise the spirits and body.” 10 S. 2nd St.
Pea Soup, In Riva
Located in East Falls, In Riva is an Italian restaurant known for their wood oven pizzas and boasting a beautiful outside patio with the best views of the Schulkill River. During summer months, they serve the most beautiful pea soup you’ve ever seen. (unlike the usual murky, dirty green that pea soups usually end up). The bowl arrives layered with lightly blanched green peas on one side and crème fraiche, garlic croutons and olive oil on the other side. The pea soup, which is bright and sweet, is then poured table side. 4116 Ridge Ave.
Foie Gras Soup, Sbraga
Former Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga developed his now most requested soup, when trying to come up with something unique for former Philadelphia Eagle Winston Justice. Creamy, rich and exotic, the tableside -poured soup is made up of a complex mix of flavors including foie gras, lemongrass, ginger, shallots, garlic, thai chilies, kaffir leaves, sweetened with brandy and honey and garnished with pickled red onions, rose petals, mint, and cumin. It’s hard to imagine that all these flavors would work together but somehow they do, in an unforgettable way. 440 S. Broad St.
Tomato Bisque, Cafe Lutecia
This charming French café, located in the Graduate Hospital area, is bright, cheerful and cozy, and has been serving breakfast and lunch dishes, coffee and pastries for over 20 years. They offer a daily selection of 3-4 homemade soups and all of them are delicious but the most popular is the tomato bisque served with a chewy baguette for dipping. The soup is creamy but still has texture with a few chunks of tomato and a little bit of a kick. 2301 Lombard St.
Sopa de Castano, Tinto
Jose Garces’s Tinto is a Spanish tapas restaurant featuring dishes and wines from the Northeastern Basque region of Spain. Creamy truffled chestnut soup is poured tableside around a bed of duck and mushroom hash, topped with a fried quail egg. It’s rich, velvety and earthy but somehow also light. 114 S. 20th St.
Pho, Pho 75
If it’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain, it’s got to be a winner among the many Pho restaurants in Philadelphia. Choose your bowl size and your meats, and don’t be afraid to try some of the stranger choices like tendon and tripe. Then get ready for quick service, cheap prices and a big bowl of rich flavorful soup. 1122 Washington Ave.
Beef Brisket Noodle Soup, Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle Soup
Enjoy a show while you wait for the chefs to prepare noodles fresh in the kitchen. The technique involves pulling the noodles into long strands, slapping it on the counter and twisting into shape. Choose between hand drawn (long) noodles or knife shaved, which are short, flat and wide. Noodles taste freshly made, with a chewy, doughy texture in a flavorful broth and topped with spinach and cilantro. Meat choices include beef brisket, ox tail, meat ball and for the more adventurous, beef tripe and beef tendon. 1022 Race St.