Soup in Seattle
We're looking for a good lunch spot in Seattle to go for good fresh (made that day) soup. We're looking for medium priced places, rather than the upscale Tom Douglas type restaurants that are great, but are probably expensive. Any good soup or chowder places in Seattle or West Seattle? Thanks!
I have not been there yet myself, but Charlestown Street Cafe (3800 California Ave SW 206-937-3800) in West Seattle has been coming in first and second in clam chowder cookoffs on the East Coast for the past couple years.
A place I'm anxious to try downtown is Pamela's Fine Foods at 607 Stewart St. Apparantly 10 different soups every day, and the patrons call in to see if their favorite is on the list.
The Creamy Tomato soup served Wednesdays at Season's Cafe on Prefontaine (between Yesler and 4th Ave, 264-7595). Campbells deserves to go bankrupt for the swill they've passed off as tomato soup all these years; Season's version was a revelation to me, and all their sandwiches are good, too.
Soup Daddy Soups in Pioneer Square is very popular, but I've never had anything there that I craved later.
Julia's in Wallingford has always had wonderful fresh, interesting and in season soups. A couple of caveats: the last few times I went there, the service was horrible. A couple of weeks after our last visit, I received a call from my bank wanting to know if I really charged $1500.00 at Julia's! (Luckily I have a local bank!). Turns out they had a "not so honest" employee who was scamming on diners. Needless to say I haven't been back, but that doesn't affect the quality of their soups!
It may not be what you're looking for... but personally, I can't get enough of pho noodle soup (Vietnamese beef noodle soup). There are several great places throughout Seattle, but especially in the International District, that serve pho. One place to try is Pho Bac at 415 Seventh S. (hope I got that address right). Also, White Center south of West Seattle has some great pho soup shops (check out one at 9642 16th S.W.)
As for chowder places... you don't get more Seattle than Ivar's on the waterfront.
Grand Central bakery in pioneer square has two soups daily. Their two best for me are Tuesday's Roasted Garlic tomato and Fridays Clam chowder. I think their chowder is better than West Seattle's Charlestown St. cafe, awards notwithstanding. Charlestown's chowder is just a bit too thick for my taste. Ivar's doesn't do it for me anymore. you have to hunt for the clams.
re: Ira Sacharoff
Thank you for the great soup ideas. I made a list of the 15 places suggested:
Salumi - killer soup of the day
Szamania - Lobster Chowder
Brasa - Gazpacho
Charlestown St. Cafe - Clam Chowder (contest winner)
Pamela's Fine Food - 10 soups, 607 Stewart
Seasons Cafe, Prefontaine btwn Yesler & 4th, Tomato Soup
Soup Daddy's Soups (Pioneer Sqare)
Stalk Exchange (Phinney Ridge)
Still Life (Fremont)
Pho Bac (415 7th S., Seattle)
Pho Soup at 9642 16th West (White Center)
Ivars on the waterfront - Chowder
Grand Central Bakery - (Fri. Clam Chowder, Tue. Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup)
re: Leslie T.
The creamy tomato soup has been not quite up to par for the past three Wednesdays at Season's Cafe downtown on Prefontaine.
Today I learned that the owners are not merely on vacation as I had surmised. They've sold the Cafe. The new owners are keeping most of the menu intact (the salads and sandwiches, which are still pretty good). You can tell they are following the original recipe for the creamy tomato soup, but its transcendant quality has been lost. Sigh.