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Top 5 Soups in LA

Yeah, soup is an old conversation, with the winter months upon us, I thought I'd rehash it and talk about everyone's favorite soups to order.

1. Pho Dac Biet at Pho So 1 (Reseda)
2. Matzo Ball Soup at Canters (LA - Fairfax)
3. After School Special Tomato Soup at Doughboys (LA - Fairfax)
4. Tom Yam at Mandarin Express (Agoura Hills)
5. Steak Soup at Doughboys (LA - Fairfax)

Honorable Mention - the Albondigas at La Paz (Calabasas) and the Bun Bo Hue at Ngoc Hue (Garden Grove)

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  1. Cabbage soup at Brent's and, surprisingly at my local Albertson's, Clam Chowder made by Boston Market.

    1. Minestrone at Rosti on Montana in Sm is amazing.

      1. wor Won ton at Seafood town Torrance
        Charbroiled Pork Pho PHO 88 Alhambra
        Caldo De Pollo Llaamarada Lincoln Heights

        1. La Serenata de Garibaldi in LA has good soups which they offer at the start of meals, along with quesadillas. A favorite is one made with winter squash and chicken broth.

          1. Kung Pao Bistro: Wor Wonton Soup

            Genghis Cohen: 3 Flavor Sizzling Rice Soup

            Getty Center Restaurant: Chestnut Soup

            Ramenya: Spicy Eggdrop with Pork

            1. My Top 3

              1. Matza Ball Soup with a side of Kreplak at Brent's Deli
              2. Tom Yom Noodle Soup at Swan Thai
              3. Siete Mares (7 seafood soup) Vallarta Seafood

              1. Seafood soup at Mario's Peruvian Seafood in Hollywood.
                Chicken Rice Soup at Pollo Inka
                (yes, it's thematic!)

                1. I was just reading this with my 2 daughters, ages 9 and 6 and they both like Fromin's matzah ball soup better than Canter's (haven't had Brent's)and they also wanted to put in a good word for the tomato soup from Wilson that has mini grilled cheese sandwiches floating in it.

                  I also love the beef noodle soup from Mandarin Noodle House in Monterey Park in addition to the two named above.

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                  1. French onion soup from La Frite
                    Hot pot soup broth from Little Sheep
                    Beef chili from Whole Foods
                    Beef noodle soup
                    Shark fin soup

                    1. Best mushroom Mme Zoe and I have had in ages was lunch yesterday at L'Etoile Bakery in Westwood - full of chopped mushrooms, well flavored creamy broth. Total happiness on a cold day.

                      1. Wilson is on Washington Blvd in Culver City.

                        1. Thanks. People here have a tendency to assume everybody lives in the same neighborhood they do, and/or that listing addresses is for sissies.

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                          1. re: Muskrat

                            Fromin's is on Wilshire at 19th.

                          2. I don't have five, but my faves are:

                            *Tomato bisque at Granville Cafe in Burbank
                            *Lobster bisque at Granville Cafe in Burbank (this is a special, so they don't have it daily)
                            *Tortelini soup at Pomodoro in Burbank
                            *Tomato Garlic bisque at Famima!!

                            1. I really like the clear soup of the lamb noodles at Heavy Noodling, but I realize it's kind of a weird choice and not for everyone.

                              1. Wintermelon soup served in a whole wintermelon at 888 Seafood in San Gabriel. It's chock full of roast duck, dried scallops, shrimp, fresh scallops and serves at least 12-18 people (or our family of 5) and it's dirt cheap at around $35-$40 depending on the size you order. Requires advanced ordering.

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                                1. re: Porthos

                                  I'll second that. Impressive for parties, and really delicious. It's chock full of flavor, but at the same time so clear and light it's great after a heavy Chinese banquet.

                                  888 is one of my favorite dim sum and Chinese banquet places in SGV, by the way!

                                2. Posole - stall at Saturday's Pasadena FM (Pasadena HS), Tonny's and that stall next to Chichen Itza in Mercado la Paloma.
                                  Pho Tai - Pho 79 (Alhambra)
                                  French Onion - The Raymond (Pasadena)
                                  Cocido de Res - La Fiesta Grande (Pasadena)

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                                  1. re: WildSwede

                                    Forgot to add:
                                    Vegetable soup - Dona Maria's on Foothill in La Canada/Crescenta (cannot keep them straight!!) Great when you are not feeling well.
                                    Albondigas - Pepe's Mexican on Foothill in La Canada/Crescenta - great meatballs!
                                    Sopa de Res - La Caravana (North Lake, Pasadena)
                                    Mmm-Mmm good!
                                    Happy New Year!

                                  2. In no particular order:

                                    1. Al Bondigas at Mi India Bonita in east LA (4731 E. Olympic Blvd., (323) 267-8505). Deep, perfect broth, with lots of meatballs and veggies. Terrisita's (on Tuesdays only) is a close second, and their delicate meatballs may even be better, but for me, the wonderful broth at MIB takes the prize.

                                    2. Fideo con Pollo (veggie soup with chicken) at Tere's (5870 Melrose Ave., (323) 468-9345. With some of their excellent homemade tortilla chips crushed on top, it's really good stuff.

                                    3. Lamb hot pot at China Islamic (7727 Garvey Ave., Rosemead, (626) 288-4246), with those magic spices and the big chunks of falling apart tender lamb, preferably accompanied by some of their fresh-from-the-oven sesame green onion bread.

                                    4. Orange letil soup with fried pita chips at Marrouch (4905 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 662-9325). Rich and simple and perfectly executed. (If you have time, get a roast chicken while you're there; roasted to order, I think it's one of the best in town.)

                                    5. When Michael Cimarusti was at the Water Grill, he would occasionally make a crab or a lobster bisque that was just phenomenal. Don't know if he still makes this soup at Providence (http://www.providenceLA.com ), but if so, it has to be on my top five list. Food of the Gods I tell you.

                                    1. how can a discussion of soup not include the transcendent french onion at Doughboys? mmmmmmm.....