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Best Soup Twin Cities MN

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Alright, we've established who has the best ice cream, sandwiches and burgers. Now, who has the best soup...

My two favorites are the Three Mosaic Soup at Zander and the Beer Cheese at Muffaletta. I'm also a big fan of the Chicken Pho at Jasmine Deli.

Anyone else?

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  1. Actually, it is the chicken rice noodle soup at Jasmine; my understanding is that pho only refers to beef broth. And anyway, I have eaten at Jasmine with Paz from time to time, so I know it is the chicken rice noodle.
    I am a big fan of the spicy soup at Udupi. I am pretty sure that is what it is called, spicy soup. I am betting that all of their soups are amazing.

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    1. re: Alice

      I had that fabulous soup at Udupi. It was great, very complex. I've also had Pho Ga at Jasmine . It was Pho with chicken. I've had a delicious Pho Ga at Quang, but they serve it only on Saturdays and Sundays. Pho Bo is the beef version. Had a good one at Pho Tau Bay. I really like the meatball Pho at Quang. I think they serve that everyday.

      1. re: sumac

        It's been a while since I had it, but the beet borscht
        at Ecopolitan is great, a really ecstatic marriage of
        garlic and citrus along with the beets, and some avocado and olive oil to smooth it out. It even passed my Jewish mother's test when she was here.

        1. re: sumac

          The two Indian soups that are (were) usually available at Udupi and should be on any Indian menu are rasam and sambar. Rasam is thiner and spicer. Sambar is lighter and has more vegetables. Both are excellent.

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        The Dairy Queen

        I like the wild rice soup at Byerly's restaurant at County road C and Snelling--love the little slivers of almonds and the teensy bits of ham and, of course, the wild rice. Yum.

        I don't know if you count udon or soba as "soup," but both are fabulous at Tanpopo Noodle Shop. And who couldn't appreciate a nice, steaming bowl of noodles this time of year?

        Tanpopo Noodle Shop
        367 Selby Ave., St. Paul; (651) 228-9967

        ~TDQ

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        1. re: The Dairy Queen

          I forgot about Tanpopo. Theirs is my favorite Beef broth based soup. I should eat there more often.

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            TDQ...that Byerly's soup is pretty easy to make. The recipe is printed right on the Byerly's brand wild rice. Another of my favorite soups is made in my own kitchen -- Manischewitz Matzo Ball soup. Right out of the box, no modifications, no additions, no subtractions. You can get it anywhere in MSP grocery stores.

            As for restaurants, Tanpopo's Nabeyaki Udon is a wonderful soup. I can't think of any soups around here that I like better.

            Cafe Latte's chicken chili (does that qualify?) is usually very good too. But again, I have the recipe for that and usually make it at home.

            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              t
              The Dairy Queen

              Thank you to diesel's post above, the corrected address for Tanpopo:

              308 Prince St # 140 (on the block kittycorner to the SE from the St. Paul farmers' market)

              ~TDQ

            2. I had the best Chicken and Wild Rice soup *ever* last night at Lucias. Highly recommended.

              Link: http://lucias.com

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              1. re: Steve
                t
                The Dairy Queen

                One more reason to go to Lucias. Hmmmm---I just followed the link you provided to Lucia's website and they say they have a cookbook coming out on Oct. 1. Of this year? Interesting. I wonder if their best *ever* wild rice soup recipe is in there. Still, it's never quite the same at home.

                ~TDQ

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                1. My votes:

                  #1 - Wonton Noodle Soup at Village Wok on Washington Ave. in Mpls (only available on their "late night special" menu). Porky, shrimpy, sesame-y wontons in a delicate broth with egg noodles, scallion, and cilantro. Mmmm.

                  #2 Chipotle bean chili at Cafe Latte on Grand Ave in St. Paul. Their other soups are also mostly excellent.

                  I love the noodle soups at Tanpopo, too. FYI, an earlier posting cited their address on Selby, but Tanpopo moved to downtown St. Paul last year - the current address is

                  308 Prince St # 140 (on the block kittycorner to the SE from the St. Paul farmers' market)

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                  1. re: diesel
                    t
                    The Dairy Queen

                    AHhhh!! You're right--that was me quoting the old address for Tanpopo below. Thank you for correcting it.

                    ~TDQ