Great Soup in the DC area
Last night, my husband and I ate a delicious dinner at Dino's. We are still swooning over the daily soup offering, a Tuscan soup that was both familiar and innovative. The ingredients were familiar -- chick peas, vegetables, pasta, and chunks of sausage -- and texture was familiar -- slightly thickened broth as the result of some pureed chick peas. What was innovative and what left us swooning was the seasoning. I don't know what herbs and spices were used, but the soup had an oomph to it that was great. (What's an oomph? Less than a kick. A clearly discernable glow.)
I don't know whether or not this will become the standard cool-weather soup offering. It deserves to be. When soup can trump Dino's excellent pastas and decadent Tiramisu, that's saying something!
This soup is so spectacular that its existence deserves to be shared. I hope others will return the favor and post about an amazing soup in the DC area.
Weird coincidence - my wife and I also ate at Dino for dinner last night, and I also had that soup and loved it!
We were sitting in the middle of the three high tables near the bar, at 7:15.
SBC Cafe out in Herndon serves an amazing 2 pepper soup. It's 2 soups in one bowl, both roasted peppers, but with different colored peppers and seasonings.
The "OOO" Soup at Restaurant Eve is one of my favorites: oyster, onion, and osestra caviar in a creme-based soup.
On the low end, if you can find a Chinese carryout that still sells the stuff, "House Special Soup" is another favorite. Basically, it's a soup version of chop suey: chicken, beef, pork, sometimes shrimp, with mixed vegetables in a rich stock. A good chilly weather soup.
Today's lunch at Black Salt produced another soup winner. Today's special was a cream of pumpkin soup. The soup itself was lovely -- very full flavored -- but what moved this soup into the pantheon of soups were the garnishes. Medium-sized dice of apples had been sauteed and, then, finished in a coating of mixed spices. The sweet tang of the apples contrasted nicely with the heat of some cayenne and the sweet spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. A small garnish of micro greens finished off the dish.
I was with a group of five friends and we all ordered the soup. Unanimous swooning.