I've searched chowhound posts for information on restaurants known for good soup, but only found information about edible canned or packaged soups. In Chicago there's a soup place called the Soupbox. Is there something comparable in the D.C. area? If not, can someone reccomend a restaurant in Bethesda or NW DC with good vegeterian soup dishes?
I ask because I have pledged to eat a soup dish daily for the month of March. I've been documenting my progress with photos on flickr (31 days of soup). A place with nice presentation and good lighting is a plus as artistry is just as important as taste.
Although I haven't tried their soups yet, at Tysons's Corner Mall, there is a Soup Man in the old food court area. I believe that this is a franchise based upon the guy from which the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld was based. As an added bonus, I think this Soup Man is Korean owned and they serve bubble tea as well.
Google any of the Pho restaurants that are around, and experience God's gift to soup...Go for the Pho Ga (chicken) basically Viet. chicken soup. The broth is warm and will kill any cold you might be working on. The broth is made with grilled onion & ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black peppers, carrots, dash fish sauce and we LOVE it! You also add Hosien & hot sauces as well as cilantro, thia basil, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and bean sprouts once they deliver it to the table. YUM!!
There are a bunch of them in the college park, catonsville and I think Bethesda areas. Usually, it's listed as Pho 32 or 495 (the number seems to come from the road it's on).