If you think that the best summer foods are ones that come straight off the grill, you’re missing out. Gazpachos and chilled soups are every bit as classic as charred-up burgers—and healthier, too. And we’re not just talking about your everyday tomato gazpacho. A bunch of restaurants in the region offer super-creative takes on the chilly favorite. They’re chock-full of yummy summer veggies and fun ingredients, like zucchini blossoms and long hots, that are sure to please even the most devout backyard griller.
Where: 217-219 Chestnut Street, Society Hill
What: Gazpacho De Sandia
Why: Chile-cured watermelon and jumbo lump crab make this take on gazpacho extra special.
Devon and Blakely
Where: 1801 Market Street, Center City
What: Cold Carrot and Ginger, Cold Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant
Why: With these two options and a traditional gazpacho, you’re sure to get your cold soup fix.
Fitler Dining Room
Where: 2201 Spruce Street, Rittenhouse
What: Chilled Zucchini Soup
Why: This soup has zucchini blossom, crab, and curried yogurt, so it’s the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for something different.
Where: 306 Market Street, Old City
What: Chilled Corn Soup
Why: Made with beech mushrooms and long hots, this cool soup is also spicy. It’s only available on the lunch menu, though, so drop by early.
Where: 251 S. 18th Street, inside the Philadelphia Art Alliance
What: Chilled Artichoke Soup
Why: This soup, served with a truffled artichoke salad, would make for a perfect healthy meal on a hot day.
Where: 1046 Tasker Street, South Philly
What: Spicy Chilled Cauliflower Vichyssoise
Why: This thick soup is hearty, which makes it the perfect summer comfort food.
Pub & Kitchen
Where: 1946 Lombard Street, Rittenhouse
What: Chilled Green Garbanzo Bean Soup
Why: It’s chock-full of yummy seasonal veggies, like eggplant and green tomato.
Where: 1713 South Street
What: Green Gazpacho
Why: Made with melon and sorbet, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more refreshing gazpacho. But beware, this BYOB’s menu changes often, so get it while it’s still around.
Where: 102 West State Street, Kennett Square
What: Chilled Cucumber Soup
Why: This soup, served with scallop crudo and dill, is worth the trip all the way out to Kennett Square.
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