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Best Soup's and Stew's in Los Angeles

Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 10:51 AM

Hi everyone, I sometimes get a craving like today for a great soup or stew. No specific type just something yummy. What are your favorites in and around LA, Beverly Hills, Holllywood, Studio City????


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  1. mollyomormon RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 11:06 AM

    I usually like the ones at Whole Foods. And I love the lentil soup from Mrs. Winston's.

    1. hrhboo RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 11:12 AM

      I love the fish stew at The Hungry Cat, also the barbacoa de chivo at Guelaguetza.

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        SauceSupreme RE: hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 05:36 AM

        I was going to post my suggestions but Boo-berry nailed them exactly.

        Also in Hollywood, I like the cioppino at Fabiolus Cafe, and don't forget to check out the lemongrass-y galangal-y goodness of a good Thai soup.

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          hrhboo RE: SauceSupreme Jun 27, 2007 04:50 PM

          I'm now going to have to try that cioppino since we obviously share the same great taste.

          I'm glad I'm in such good company :)

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        LisaStitch RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 11:21 AM

        Ralph's - the Chicken Noodle

        Panera Bread - pretty much all of them rock, but I esp. love the low-fat chicken noodle and the low-fat vegetarian garden vegetable

        The Ivy - corn chowder (does this qualify as soup or stew?)

        I think One Pico tends to have nice soups. I had a nice corn soup/chowder with peppers there once.

        I also love in the fall when a lot of restaurants have a seasonal pumpkin puree soup. Hot or cold, I'll always order it when I see it.

        1. David Kahn RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 11:47 AM

          The al bondigas at Mi India Bonita (4731 E. Olympic Blvd., ELA, (323) 267-8505) gets my vote. (That broth!)

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            Jeryy RE: David Kahn Jun 26, 2007 12:31 PM

            The curry ramen at Ramenya on Olympic - TDF.

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            stardar RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 01:21 PM

            second the fish stew at hungry cat.
            also like the french onion at doughboys although everything else there i find atrocious.
            victors and greenblatts both do a nice chicken soup.
            grub has delicious tomato soup.
            lentil soup at carnival is great.
            the curry carrot soup at king's road--also quite nice.
            further afield, there's daikokuya for ramen. also soon tofu at bevery soon or tofu house.

            1. MeAndroo RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 01:55 PM

              I really enjoy the soups from Organic to Go. They have a Santa Fe Chicken Chowder that's got lots of chicken, sweet corn and chiles that add just enough kick for you to feel it without having to run for a drink. The only downside is that it's a bit pricy (I think around $4 for 8 oz).

              I also like the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Skew's, but I tend to think that I'm in the minority on that one.

              1. Emme RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 10:24 PM

                Puree of Vegetable soup at Delmonico's (there's no cream in it amazingly!)
                Mel's Diner Chicken Soup
                Jerry's Deli veggie soup (I know, so shoot me)

                1. westsidegal RE: Ben7643 Jun 26, 2007 10:35 PM

                  i like all the persian soups and stews i've tried at shamshiri grill on westwood blvd.

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                    herculesmulligan RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 05:46 AM

                    Le Petit Cafe, in SM, at Yale and Colorado. Always a great, reliable daily soup. A good reason to go.

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                      bruinike RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 08:48 AM

                      The best tomato soups I've had recently have been at E. Baldi in Beverly Hills (they use bread to thicken it) and at L'Hermitage in Culver City (you have to call in as they change their soups daily). I crave them both!

                      1. mielimato RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 10:16 AM

                        Pho at Pho So 1 on Sepulveda and Valley Blvd in Van Nuys. Beefy, herby deliciousness. A whole meal for under $6. How can you beat that?

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                          wizardx RE: mielimato Jun 30, 2007 09:19 AM

                          You said it , Great pho in the valley? you better know it!

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                            SauceSupreme RE: wizardx Jun 30, 2007 09:57 AM

                            There's also the location in Reseda.

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                              wizardx RE: SauceSupreme Jun 30, 2007 03:23 PM

                              Yup that's my regular goto location, even in the summer I am there once a week.

                        2. scurvy RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 10:17 AM

                          The sopa de fideo with chicken at Tere's (Melrose & Vine) is just the thing you need when feeling under the weather. It is the perfect chicken noodle soup and comes with a couple of tortillas - I highly recommend it.

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                            David Kahn RE: scurvy Jun 28, 2007 04:51 PM

                            Agree completely. I like to get some of their excellent tortilla chips and crumble them into the soup.

                          2. tatertots RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 10:24 AM

                            Palms/West LA Area: There's a bagel place in a strip mall that serves homemade kosher soups - they generally offer 6 soups a day you serve yourself and if you get a medium or large it comes with a bagel all under $5. Soups are delicious - I like the mushroom bisque and the minestrone. Not very salty and tons of ingredients not just liquid like at the souplantation. Southeast corner of National Blvd. and Sepulveda (between a Pizza Hut and Hallmark store).

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                              Mattapoisett in LA RE: tatertots Jun 27, 2007 01:44 PM

                              That would be the Bagel Factory. There is another one at Robertson and Cadillac in West LA. Bagels are Pretty decent too

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                                a_and_w RE: Mattapoisett in LA Jun 27, 2007 01:54 PM

                                Bagel Factory is also the only place I've found in West LA that has bearclaws with the dark almond filling.

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                              Clyde RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 11:08 AM

                              Bristol Farms soups are great.

                              1. a_and_w RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 11:32 AM

                                Sopa de Azteca at Monte Alban -- yum!

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                                  limaboy RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 11:41 AM

                                  Cocido at Barragan's Glendale.
                                  Chicken Soup at La Cabanita in Montrose
                                  Clam Chowder at Catalina Bar and Grill
                                  Vegetable at Astro's on Flectcher
                                  Lentil at Carnival on Woodman
                                  several at Follow Your Heart on Sherman Way
                                  Mushroom at that flower cafe on 6th and la brea (forget name)
                                  three flavors barbeque noodle at Woo's china town and victory/sepulveda


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                                    graffitipassion RE: limaboy Jul 2, 2007 05:48 PM

                                    I'm with you on the Vegetable at Astros. I love that the vegetables pile out of the broth and almost out of the bowl...eat it with cracker and cottage cheese....ummmmmmmm.

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                                    running pig RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 01:37 PM

                                    Anything at Amelias in Santa Monica---go early---usually sell out by the early afternoon!

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                                      beachcats RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 01:48 PM

                                      Tortilla Soup - Urth Cafe or Whole Foods
                                      Cheddar Broccoli or Potato - Corner Cafe (they're kinda heavy, but some days that's what you're in the mood for)

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                                        Emme RE: beachcats Jun 27, 2007 06:18 PM

                                        Ah you reminded me of the tortilla soup at Islands!

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                                          SauceSupreme RE: Emme Jun 27, 2007 06:22 PM

                                          And that reminds me, the sopa azteca at Monte Alban is a great "tortilla soup".

                                          I'll recommend, also, the soups at Doughboys, especially the French onion soup and the steak soup. My favorite soup there is the creamy tomato soup that gets served with the "afterschool special", paired with a grilled cheese sandwich.

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                                        hpcat RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 02:23 PM

                                        Minced chicken and corn soup at Triumphal Palace, Alhambra
                                        Mushroom barley or sweet and sour cabbage soups at Brents
                                        Caldo de pollo at Tacos el Michoacan in Highland Park
                                        Roast duck noodle soup with won ton at Barbeque ? on Sherman Way in N. Hollywood
                                        Tom Kah Kai - most Thai places

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                                          Clyde RE: Ben7643 Jun 27, 2007 05:07 PM

                                          singapore's banana leaf on third and fairfax has a great laksa soup and another soup called lodeh (vegetarian).

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                                            SauceSupreme RE: Clyde Jun 27, 2007 05:38 PM

                                            I'll have to try that out as I have been utterly underwhelmed by their mee goreng, and I really want to find a reason to like them.

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                                              bulavinaka RE: SauceSupreme Jun 29, 2007 08:01 PM

                                              You need to go to Singapore or Malaysia - your taste in this type of food is not deceiving you... in fact, you're right on... The $$ you spend on one meal here will probably last you for at least a few days over there...

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                                                riceflour RE: SauceSupreme Jul 1, 2007 12:05 AM

                                                It's been such a long time since my last mee goreng, I was satisfied with it last night. Of course, I got it super spicy, so my taste buds may simply have been in shock.

                                                I wanted to like the curry pastries, but alas, was underwhelmed.

                                                I'll be trying the laksa, too. I need to find justification for my recommending them to people.

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                                                  chewingvampire RE: riceflour Jul 2, 2007 12:51 PM

                                                  I refuse to have any laksa here in LA, knowing at the back of my head that I can get MUCH better ones in singapore...

                                                  but if you must, the mee soto at Ramayani is kick-ass (imo)...

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                                                    riceflour RE: chewingvampire Jul 2, 2007 08:33 PM

                                                    I'll have to try to make it out to Singapore next time I'm in Asia, but, barring that, Ramayani sounds like a good substitute.

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                                                      bulavinaka RE: riceflour Jul 2, 2007 08:42 PM

                                                      If you're after laksa in LA, three places come to mind. Singapore Express in Marina del Rey is okay... Yazmin on Main Street in Alhambra is pretty good... Belacan Grill on 190th in Redondo Beach/Torrance was the best of the three... just a heads-up though - I haven't had any laksa over the past year or so; thus, I can't vouch for how good they are now...

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                                                        riceflour RE: bulavinaka Jul 2, 2007 08:56 PM

                                                        Sweete. Thanks for the recs =)

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                                              anothernotch RE: Ben7643 Jun 28, 2007 09:34 PM

                                              It's been a while but Art's Deli in Studio City made the best beef stew I've ever had.

                                              1. Local RE: Ben7643 Jun 29, 2007 08:53 PM

                                                The Parihuela at Lola's in Glendale.

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                                                  compucook RE: Local Jun 30, 2007 11:51 PM

                                                  DH loves the Tomato Gorgonzola soup from Ralphs! It's surprisingly good! Look for it in the deli area near the snack bar.

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