In search of a great bowl of soup....(this is a challenge!)
No Jewish delis please (not that they don't have good soup, they have great soup...but it's always pretty the same thing at most Jewish delis so that's why I'm leaving them out of this list).....where can a person get a great bowl of soup in the areas of Santa Monica to Beverly Hills, or the West Valley? I'm frustrated with too salty and too bland....help! I'll kick off with Le Saigon on Santa Monica Blvd, I just had a bowl of Pho Ga that was quite nice....delicate flavors and nicely tender pieces of sliced chicken. Not a hearty chicken soup, but a nice light soup for a warm summer day.
The newsroom often has awesome soups. They change daily I believe. I know they have an offshoot, interim cafe, in Santa Monica. I've never been but I would guess that they also have soup...
The best soup I've had out here was a roasted red pepper soup at the Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. Just the perfect amount of creaminess blended into the peppery taste. I guess that's not ideal for stopping by and grabbing a bowl, but it is the best I've had.
Also incredibly good is the Avgolemono soup at the Great Greek on Ventura. I think that fits under West Valley. The lemon adds a needed kick to the usual chicken soup. If I were feeling ill, I'd want nothing but that soup.
vegetable puree at delmonico's (not the best restaurant, but that soup is really good... love the blackened prawns, garlic spinach, and grilled corn too)
ivy for corn chowder
lentil soup at carnival
grub's tomato soup
albondigas at mi india bonita
sopa de fideo at tere's
doughboys esp french onion
sopa de azteca at monte alban
islands' tortilla soup