Earlier this week we provided you our crowd-sourced guide to the best soup lunches in Philadelphia. And now we’re back with our list of the best soup in restaurants. You might not go to these restaurants for just the soup (Cheu Noodle Bar and South Philadelphia Taproom might be the exceptions), but you’d be wise to order soup as one of your courses.
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Soup Kitchen – Photo by Courtney Apple
A couple of weeks ago we crowd-sourced where to get the best soup around Center City Philadelphia and beyond. We received suggestions in the comments, on Facecbook, via Twitter and email as well.
Here is our list of the places and soups that came up the most. For what restaurants serve a can’t miss soup as part of their meal, check out our best soups in Philadelphia restaurants list.
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The Cambridge is getting set to hold its second annual chili cook off. The event takes place on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m. and the South Street bar is still looking for a few more contestants who want to compete for the title, “Best Chili in Philly.”
Guests get to sample as much chili as they like and vote for their favorite. The Cambridge will also have more than ten pumpkin beers on tap.
The competition will be held in the outdoor courtyard, so dress accordingly.
Contestants may sign up by emailing their contact info to: email@example.com
Pretty much everybody here at Foobooz World HQ (and everyone among the wider Philly mag team) is walking around with a case of the sniffles right now. As such, talk has turned to where in the city everyone goes for their favorite bowls of soup.
But out of these many conversations has come a depressing realization: In a city as broad, diverse and food-focused as Philadelphia is, we have a serious lack of truly great soup. I mean, yeah. There are places to get ramen. And a couple places to go for decent bowls of chicken soup. But where are the true soup savants in this town? The cooks for whom soup-making is not just an afterthought, but a true calling?
So with the weather turning chilly and the skies going gray, we’ve decided to turn to you, the Foobooz community. Where do you guys go when you’ve got an itch that only a really great bowl of soup can scratch?
Let us know in the comments. And please, for those of us who are stuck at our desks and living vicariously through you, don’t spare any details.
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Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a pre-noon hour checking out the progress at Kermit’s Bake Shop, the pizza + bakery from Adam Ritter (Sidecar and Kraftwork) opening at 2204 Washington Avenue. Ritter, along with chef Brian Lofink and pastry chef Chad Durkin are in the final stages of preparation. I was able to check out the progress and sample pizzas and some of the pastries.
The pizza is a traditional American pie, not the Neapolitan variety that is so much the rage. Ritter wants it to remind you of the pizza of your youth, but better. Yesterday, Lofink was still playing with the sauce, tweaking the sweetness and amount of herbs.
The storefront will offer takeout and delivery, there will be no room to eat inside the surprisingly large space. That space is full of mixers for Chad Durkin’s baking operation. Durkin, who appeared on TLC’s Next Great Baker is producing cakes, fudge, pastries and yesterday, croissants. I got to try several and am still obsessing over the egg and herb filled one.
When Kermit’s Bake Shop does open it will offer ordering by mobile phone and a fleet of eight custom bikes offering delivery.
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While Circles Bala Cynwyd is in the midst of major drama, it’s full speed ahead at the other Circles Thai restaurants. On Monday, chef Alex Boonphaya will debut three Thai noodle soups at the Northern Liberties location. Read more »
HipCityVeg has recently added some new warm offerings for winter. New to the menu are:
Cream of Zucchini
Simple and delicious topped with crispy leeks
Organic quinoa, kidney, pinto and black beans
fire roasted tomatoes
corn tortilla strips
Dutch processed cocoa, organic soy milk
topped with a coconut whipped cream
HipCityVeg [Official Site]
Those kids at Capogiro really know how to make an entrance into this season. As we told you last week, Capogiro is now offering hot cider and starting tomorrow, all Capogiro locations will begin offering a variety of peasant-style soups served with a side of fresh Metropolitan bread.
Among the offerings:
- Black Lentil
- Tuscan White Bean
- Cream of Tomato
- Potato Corn Chowder with Bacon
Seasonal gelato flavors, cider, and now soup. The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of Capogiro trips.
Capogiro [Official website]
Seinfeld‘s famous Soup Nazi not only has a food truck but it is going on tour. Better still, the Soup Nazi himself Larry Thomas is touring along with it and they are stopping in Philly.
Today the Soup Nazi truck will be stopping at 1555 Hamilton Street (at Hamilton and 16th) in front of the CBS3 and The CW studios from noon to 1 p.m. The menu includes mulligatawny soup, Junior Mints, muffin tops, black and white cookies, Snapple, and Twix – all inspired by the TV series and all for free.
For Larry Thomas’s sake let’s hope he gets paid every time he has to say “No soup for you!”
Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi Truck Going on Tour [The Daily Meal]
Since opening on 18th St. Brodo has expanded its hours to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to cover breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. New cold soups are also being offered to beat the summer heat and selections are updated on a daily basis on Brodo’s website.
Today’s menu includes a cold Watermelon Habenero soup (sounds refreshing, right?) as well as a classic gazpacho (pictured above) and a Shrimp & Mango cold soup. Even more cold and hot soups are available too.
As an added nicety during the recent and upcoming heat waves Brodo is handing out a free La Colombe iced coffee or a Boylan’s fountain soda with the purchase of any full sandwich or salad after 3:30pm. Looks like we have a new late lunch spot.
Brodo [Official Site]