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Where to find a cold fighting soup between Century City & Hollywood

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I have a bad cold and will be leaving work in CC and heading home to the Hollywood area in a few hours. Where can I stop to pick up a tasty soup that can help bust this up. The back up will either be Bristol Farms or Victor's Deli Chicken Noodle but looking for something different.

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  1. I've always favored hot-sour soup for this job.

    While there's not much cutting-edge super-authentic esoteric Chinese on the route you describe, there's the Chinese place on Venice at Culver (? South side of street) that's been there for a couple of decades, (I think) and Hunan Taste, at Fairfax/Olympic/SanVicente. Both did perfectly fine hot-sour last time I ate at either place, (which was admittedly more than five years ago. . . )

    1. i like the sweet and sour cabbage soup at juniors. it's got a little kick to it sometimes that clears sinuses well, and lots of flanken.

      i like (don't flame me for this) the soup at california chicken cafe.

      i like sambar almost wherever i can get it. not really your area, but india sweets and spices has good stuff.

      1. At the risk of repeating myself (having recommended the chopped liver yesterday), isn't this exactly what Greenblatt's soup is famous for? I live in the canyon just behind Victors, which I love for lots of other things, but I still drive all the way to WH for Greenblatt's when the wife is sick. It's the only way to go.

        1. well, in hollywood i would hit sanamluang or rodded for duck soup. maybe pho in hollywood too? or jerry's famous deli (hate it there) or canter's for matzo ball soup. i always get the one overflowing with chicken and carrots and stuff. and although these places are what they are the soup never does me wrong. tofu soup super spicy in koreatown would be great for sinuses as well.

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          1. re: jessiebelle

            I second the matzo ball soup from canter's. that and a cold buster smoothie from Jamba. that combo never does me wrong.

          2. chicken noodle or matzo ball soup from Label Table.
            226 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
            (310) 276-0388

            1. I like a little spice when trying to beat a cold. The Tom Yum Gai (chicken in hot and sour soup w/lemon grass) at Natalee Thai on Olympic and Robertson is a good bet. Tom Yum Ka, which is the same thing but with coconut milk. And it's right smack on your way.

              1. I can't believe that no one has mentioned PHO yet.
                Unfortunately based on recent posts, good pho is hard to find in the Westside-Hollywood corridor.

                1. Ok, here's the deal...I've tried the CNS (chicken noodle soup) from the 4 major delis between Culver City and Hollywood. Here are my thoughts.

                  1. Junior's in Westwood - THE BEST. Make the trip to go here and you'll feel 10x better just holding the tub of soup in your hands. I think it's called the Full House here. It's chicken noodle soup, matzoh balls, veggies, kreplach, rice, kasha, the works. Tons of chicken and veggies. And they give you like a gallon container of it. I think it costs about $15, but it'll last for at least 3 or more meals.

                  2. Factor's on Pico/Beverly - My 2nd favorite. Get the Mish Mosh (approx. $8). Pretty much the same as above, but not as big, and not as expensive. Pretty good, but Junior's is only about a 10 minute drive further. Will last about 2 meals.

                  3. Jerry's - The matzoh ball is great, but the noodles aren't my favorite. Good chicken, but not enough veggies. If it's the closest, and you're really sick, it's not a bad option, but I'd make the trip to Junior's or Factor's. (1 meal)

                  4. Cantor's - Not bad, but nothing special. I always get it there, but it's pretty plain when compared to the others above. Not nearly as much ingredients as the others. (1 meal...but I'd probably have something else with it...it's not enough!)

                  Hope that helps. Feel better.

                  1. I thought the soup at Indo Cafe was fantastic. I see they offer seven different soups on their menu, including oxtail, chilcken, beef tripe, wonton and tamarind. 10428 National/ Motor

                    1. If you have a head cold (and a not a stomach virus) a good menudo will do the trick.

                      It's also great for hangovers.

                      Just don't eat it on a queasy stomach.