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Hands down: The BEST Chicken Soup in L.A.

foodieqt Jan 17, 2007 12:01 AM

I have to tell you Chowhounds...I just put my soup spoon down and have been compelled to post immediately. I just had the Chicken & Vegetable Soup from Greenblatt's Deli and it was amazing. Please take it from this NY Jew, with a yiddish-speaking Bubbe from Brooklyn, that this is the real deal. I'm still in a state of shock. I ordered some for delivery (first time trying Greenblatt's) because I have Strep throat, and now I'm miraculously cured! Well...maybe I shouldn't go that far, but the soup was excellent. Fresh, huge white chunks of chicken breast, big sweet carrot rounds, and slices of celery and onion. The seasoning was just right as well. I'm so happy that I ordered 2 quarts (I put the second one in the freezer) since this is going to be my go-to soup now when I want a taste of home. Just had to get my feelings out there on this! :)

Greenblatt's Deli
8017 Sunset Blvd. (@ Crescent Heights Blvd.)
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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    wilp Jan 18, 2007 02:52 AM

    Avila's El Ranchito in Huntington Park. Avila's Special Soup. A great mexican chicken soup.

    Hat tip to Geek above... work a 2 blocks away and didn't even know till a post from him few months ago. Now I drive there when Im not even working.

    Basic Chicken Soup (only one try now) was J and J in San Gabriel. If somebody tells me they use MSG ill be really bummed. Simple and tasty. Perfect basic soup.

    1. Das Ubergeek Jan 18, 2007 12:43 AM

      Greenblatt's for traditional chicken-in-the-pot... but La Cabanita in north Glendale for the best chicken soup ever -- their caldo de pollo is incredible.

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        noodle Jan 17, 2007 09:48 PM

        i have to say that i have tried the chicken soup from many local delis (including greenblatt's) and consider the matzoh ball soup at Victor's in hollywood the most satisfying when i'm feeling sick. Much of the food at Victor's is ordinary enough, but the soup is delicious.

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          SallyHMcC Jan 18, 2007 12:36 AM

          I'm a Victor's matzoh ball soup lover, too. I subsisted on it last week when I had a cold!

        2. corydon Jan 17, 2007 09:36 PM

          hand pulled noodles from Ma Dong Gook Su in K-Town with chicken. Not the same seasoning as a good deli chicken soup and not the same strength (Jewish grandma soup is often made with 2 birds), but it also cures the common cold. Also, it is about 5-6 bucks for enough soup for 2 medium bowls

          1. ipsedixit Jan 17, 2007 08:06 PM

            Non-traditional: Din Tai Fung*

            Traditional: Art's

            (*This is probably the ONLY time I will ever pimp anything at DTF)

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              lowmusic Jan 17, 2007 06:22 PM

              Best deal in town is Costco.

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                sel Jan 17, 2007 06:25 PM

                Could you give some details? I assume that you aren't referring to their overly salty canned stuff!

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                Hackenbush Jan 17, 2007 06:31 AM

                I've liked Greenblatt's every time I've been there except that I've had a terrible time parking. Is it any better these days?

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                  JudiAU Jan 17, 2007 04:46 PM


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                  cupcake Jan 17, 2007 05:50 AM

                  Greenblatt's rare roast beef is the best in LA, hands down. I bought 7 pounds of it for my Christmas party. We drive their from Santa Monica whenever we need a lean rare meat fix. I adore their stuff.

                  1. Pei Jan 17, 2007 12:16 AM

                    Yum! How much per quart, if I may ask?

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                    1. re: Pei
                      foodieqt Jan 17, 2007 12:33 AM

                      It was $9 per quart. For comparison's sake, a "bowl" of chicken noodle soup at Jerry's Deli is $6.95, and this was about 2 bowls worth. Far superior soup, so quite a bargain in my opinion.

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