The Most Mouthwatering Chilled Soups at Philly Restaurants Right Now



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.

Le Cheri
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: 604 South Street
What: Chilled Dashi Soup
Why: This cool soup has sugar snap peas, shiso, and cucumber—and earned the praise of the folks over at Foobooz.

Talula’s Table
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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