Hello. I am new to PDX and am looking for a cafe or restaurant that serves up great hearty soups. I'm taking a friend who is visiting and loves to go out for good soup and if it comes with an excellent hunk of bread even better. OH...we are reliant on public transport so somewhere in the city boundaries.
I really like the soups at Miso Happy on NW23rd..Noodles and chilis and good..or Silk, formerly Pho Van Bistro on NW Glisan.
I like the onion soup in Fenouil and chowders at Henrys also.
On NE Alberta Street, we just discovered Halibuts and their clam chowder is wonderful.
Oba on NW 12th has a really good Black bean soup too.
Seems like most of the restaurants in town serve at least a couple of good soups .
Welcome to town. Check out the tipsheet. It might help you get orientated:
My go-to is Grand Central, a Seattle/Portland bakery chain that does a very nice job. They don't have a huge selection of soups and sandwiches, but what they do sounds exactly like what you're looking for. Most of the other bakeries will have this sort of thing, too (see the tipsheet for recs). But I think Grand Central's choices are a little broader. And there are several of them, which may make things easier for you.
I love Elephant's deli for soup. Their big store is in NW around 21st and it has a huge deli counter, cheeses, and much more. Only been there once since they moved, but it's impressive. There's a smaller location on SW 8th and Yamhill(ish) downtown, a block off Pioneer Square. They have four soups that change monthly. I'm highly addicted to the tomato-orange soup and baguette. I go there for lunch at least once a week.
Also, the No Fish Go Fish mentioned above also has a cart downtown on 5th and Yamhill with three or four soups everyday and a rotating selection of their yummy corneal fishies.
Yeah, Elephants is very good. Depending on the day, you can also find good soups at New Seasons supermarket