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soup bar in this town?


would like to go to a place that offers a lot of differnt kinds of soups. not so interested in paying a fee for an all you can eat place (like souplantation) because all i want is some soup...

any place like this? thanks so much!

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  1. I'll start . . . I can recommend places with soups that I like, although I can't say either is really a SOUP BAR.

    Jerry's Deli has good but basic soups, they're not terribly creative and the place doesn't have great atmosphere but the soups are solid although expensive.

    Doughboys on west 3rd nr Crescent Heights also has good soups, and I think they rotate some specials in with the everydays. However, if things other than lunch matter to you, I urge caution because I have never been in and out of there in under an hour . . . even takeout takes them 45 minutes.

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    1. re: jimmyodonnell

      I too recommend Doughboys. My friends and I have often just ordered a bunch of soup and then rotated spoons.

      You can call or fax your order ahead, by the way.

    2. I like the soups at my local Pavillions, as well as those at Whole Foods.

      1. Unfortunately for us, I don't think there's anyplace like Berkeley's Soop.
        But I like the soups at M Cafe de Chaya on Melrose, especially the carrot.

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        1. re: Chowpatty

          reading about soop makes me sad... there should be a place like this in every town

        2. Surprisingly, the soups at Organic To Go are quite good. Their sandwiches, which are pre-made and refrigerated, should be avoided. There are several locations throughout the city. I go to the one in downtown for lunch. They usually have 5-6 soups daily. LA is definitely missing a great soup place. I'm from NY and used to love going to Hale & Hearty with 12-14 daily soup selections. YUM!

          1. there's a bagel place on national and sepulveda that has a bunch of soups all the time (maybe 6). i've never actually eaten their soup - but their bagels and challah are v. tasty!

            i'm also not sure of the name - but i think it has a big sign that says "bagels."

            and more and more grocery stores have soup bars now. vons added them to their stores and whole foods has both "regular" soup and seafood soup bars.

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            1. re: dtud

              I wonder if it's a branch of the Bagel Factory, like the one at Torrance & Hawthorne. They have a really good soup bar, daily, with about six selections in a variety of sizes. Tables are patio, so it's mostly to-go. All soups are vegetarian and kosher, as are all their goods. I had an excellent split pea soup for lunch.

              1. re: CynD

                The "Bagels" place in the Vons stripmall on the SE corner of Sepulveda and National is indeed a Bagel Factory, according to previous discussions on this board where it has been mentioned as one of the best bagel places in town. Their bagels are good and often warm from the oven, though on the pricey side. Their day-old bagels and challah, however, are quite a bargain and still very good, especially if you were going to toast the bagels anyway or use the challah for bread pudding or in any recipe as a sub for brioche.

                1. re: nosh

                  Try making French toast with their raisin challah. I did it a couple of weeks ago, and if I must say so myself, it was one of the best versions I've ever had.

            2. Ditto on the Pavilions' soups, particularly the tomato bisque.

              1. you know, i went to toast last night, and they had a pretty wide selection of soups. i had the chicken tortilla which was quite good, and a vegetarian friend had the mushroom and barley, also good.

                1. I am a bit of a soup fanatic; would probably eat it every day for lunch if I could find enough variety. Until the end of November, I worked in Fox Plaza in Century City (2121 Avenue of the Americas), and there's a Trimana in the basement. On the whole, Trimana's pretty uninspired from a culinary standpoint -- not nearly as good as the Lemon Moon outpost it replaced after Lemon Moon had been open only a few months -- but I will give them their due when it comes to soup -- I never had a soup I didn't like, and they always offered a minimum of six. Particularly good were the chicken tortilla, tomato bisque, corn chowder, and turkey chili. I can't vouch for the quality at each and every Trimana -- but once you've got a good soup recipe, it's pretty hard to mess up, right?

                  1. There is a new restaurant in Sherman Oaks, on Ventura in the La Reina Center that serves 2 different wonderful soups every day.

                    They need to change the name of the restaurant!

                    It's called...

                    The Dressing Room

                    I work across the street from it and for 4 months I thought it was a new clothes store.

                    Their soups are fantastic!

                    Right now the Ginger Carrot is my favorite.

                    It's a salad restaurant which makes the name make sense, but it sure won't get it customers!

                    1. Even though I'm not in the habit of singing the place's praises

                      Bristol Farms.

                      They have (not often darn it) a chicken marsala soup that I long for.

                      Super pricey though.