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Oct 13, 2006 04:09 PM

Chicken Soup

Feeling a bit under the weather and craving some good, healing chicken soup - open to pho, Jewish deli, restaurant or grocery store, etc., so long as I can take out. Prefer something in the St. Clair to Dundas, Yonge to Bathurst boundaries. Last time I tried Pho Hung, I had my one and only msg reaction so I'm nixing that idea - any other suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. Try Free Times Cafe - College b/w Bathurst and Spadina

    Also, this might be anti-chowish, but I know people who love the "pot of chicken soup" at the Pickle Barrel. Not sure where is one downtown though - maybe there's still one near the Eaton Centre?

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    1. re: pescatarian

      There is still a Pickle Barrel in the basement of the Atrium On Bay and they still do have their chicken Matzo Ball Soup on the menu. All though if you are looking for something a little more hearty, their Borscht is very good too!

      1. re: pescatarian

        Not all PB locations serve the chicken soup now...this is a good thing, because it is only good when fresh. Not sure which locations do, but within your grid, there is Atrium on Bay.

        Sorry to recommend outside of your area...but Prague Deli on Queen W (east of Bathurst) is great for chicken soup when its the daily special. Also really good, is Churassco Villa on Eglinton at Mt Pleasant.

      2. Thanks - can you tell me a bit more about the soups from Prague Deli and Churrasco? Do they have veggies, rice, noodles? I was also thinking I might call the place in Lawrence Plaza (I know, outside my zone) - their soups can be great too.

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        1. re: peppermint pate

          I assume that the place you are thinking of in Lawrence Plaza is United Bakers. FYI, they don't have chicken soup (or any other meat products)

          Nortown Foods on Eglinton & Bathurst always has it, but I find their version much too weak.

          1. re: peppermint pate

            Prague deli soups are RICH and REAL in flavour. All made from scratch and they taste of the wonderful ingredients. Sometimes they have noodles and other times I have had Spaetzle. I spose rice and dumplings appear at times too. Meat wise, it is beef, veal or chicken, depending. I believe they have a borscht too, not sure. I love their soups but they are not full of chunky meat, so dont expect a meal in a bowl, just excellent soup.

            Churrasco, I have only had once. My memory of it to be honest was that it was a bit overpriced. Very very tasty chicken noodle, with body, but my memory was that it cost too much. I do love their chicken and potatoes or fries - awesome.

            1. re: bestandworst

              Thanks bestandworst for recommending Prague Deli. I went there today (it's actually called Prague Fine Foods or something like that I think). Anyway, there was no chicken soup - either fresh or in the freezer - but I did take out a couple of containers of pea soup, a chicken schnitzel sandwich and some kielbasa. The pea soup is indeed rich, thick and textured in its flavours - smoky ham or bacon, onions, spices - real stick to your ribs, hearty, gorgeous soup. I took a quick look at their breakfast menu as well and made a mental note to come back - eggs with kielbasa, dumplings, palicenky (sp.?) with smoked salmon or jam - yum! For all the times I've walked by this spot, I can't believe I never went in. Thanks!

              1. re: peppermint pate

                So glad to hear that! Pressure is on when a reco gets so specific so one just hopes it is enjoyed by all, especially the real hounds. They renovated almost a year ago and changed the name from deli to fine foods. I still use the old name. Glad you found it!

                Now I have to try the pea soup!

                PS: Although a bit greasy, their onion rings are home-made batter style, and very tasty!

          2. Yes, it is - duh, I forgot they were all dairy (but they do have great pea soup!). Agree with you about Nortown's being too weak - same with Daiter's.

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            1. re: peppermint pate

              love their pea soup. i think they put something addictive in it!

            2. Pusateri's makes great soup and chile-their chicken noodle is terrific.

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              1. re: robb

                I've never tried their chicken noodle soup. I had their beef barley last winter and it was delish. Thanks.

              2. Ick, it's the weather, PP. Perfect for producing colds. Hope you feel better soon.

                The chicken soup at El Bodegon (on College... and Euclid, I think?) is good and basic. Nice rich chicken broth, short egg noodles, some parsley garnish and for that Peruvian touch, a big chunk of potato. When my hubby was sick last week, we went there and he had a big bowl and felt much better. :)

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Yes! That sounds exactly like what I'm liking for. Thanks TJ!

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    You're welcome! If you are feeling up for something a bit more substantial, their won ton soup is even better. Same chicken broth, but with several fat won tons, a few slices of bbq pork and some greens (can't recall what kind at this point).

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Wonton El Bodegon...really? Sounds more like something I'd pick up in Chinatown (Swatow, by the way, has a great beef stew soup with Chinese broccoli and noodles in a cinammon-accented broth for the next time you or your hubby are feeling under the weather).

                      1. re: peppermint pate

                        Yeah, I know. But it's the best won ton soup I've found in Toronto so far. Seriously. But Peru actually has a huge Chinese population and their cuisine is everywhere. I think El Bodegon even has a stir fry noodle dish on their menu. :)

                        And, thanks for the heads up on the beef stew soup. Yummm. Chinese (or Taiwanese) beef noodle soup is one of my favourite childhood comfort foods (mom's only, of course).