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Vegetable Soup

Where can I find some yummy, healthy vegetable soup to take away? I am looking for something nice and chunky with some real texture preferably with a veggie stock. I work in Santa Monica and I live in Silverlake so it can be from almost anywhere in the city.

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  1. First of all -- that's gotta be the worst commute! 2nd to the worst -- I lived in SM and worked at Disney, that sucked.

    Okay, so glad you live in SL cause what I really like is the veg soup at the BACKDOOR BAKERY -- when I'm in need of comfort food, I get their grilled cheese (mix of cheddar & jack) with bacon and a cup of their veggie soup which is included as a side. The broth is flavorful and theirs big chunks of veggies.

    Oh, also, almost forgot, the best veg soup in the world is... AL GELATO on Robertson. OMG! Get the bowl, comes with a yummy bread basket -- it's a humongous meal. Whenever I'm on that side of town, I stop in for it. Full disclosure, probably haven't stopped there in a while -- hopefully they still have it. The soup is thick and wonderful.

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    1. re: Silverlaker

      It's funny that you mention Backdoor because I used to work there and that was what I was thinking when I posted the original post but I wanted to see if there were any other great places I was missing. I used to take big containers of it home with me (and their yummy cream of mushroom).

      Soup season is upon us and I am looking forward to nights in my PJs and slippers, sitting on my sofa with my dog at my feet, the fireplace roaring, my best friend TIVO and a bowl of steaming soup in my hands. Bliss.

    2. I love the "Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable Soup" at Panera Bread. Very nice and chunky and satisfying. I think they only have it Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays though. The soups are my favorite thing on the menu at Panera.

      1. Surprisingly enough, I really enjoy the veggie soup at California Chicken Cafe. Call ahead because not all of their locations serve the soup. It is a flavorful tomato based soup with lots of veggies.

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        1. re: anothernotch

          i 2nd CCC. very tasty and chunky veggies!

          1. re: anothernotch

            Third CCC. Best veggie soup I've had thats not homeade.

            1. re: anothernotch

              Interesting...are all CCC's soups good or just the veggie?

            2. Sopa Fideo at Tere's on Melrose is truly excellent, though I am fairly certain its base is chicken stock, not veggie stock.

              1. Earth, Wind and Flour on Wilshire Blvd. has the tastiest veggie soup(minestrone), their Boston pizza is just as yummy.

                1. Koo Koo Roo's actually does a good veggie soup
                  I also second the California Chicken Cafe rec.

                  1. The garden Vegetable soup at Whole Foods, if there is one near you, is pretty good. I believe it is vegan.

                    1. actually, Astro on Fletcher in SL does a great veggie soup..service can be uneven.
                      I think they serve it everyday.
                      Palermo on Vermont does a good minestrone too...


                      1. They usually have few different chunky vegetable soups at Mrs. Winston's. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but since you're in Santa Monica, it's worth a shot. I like that you can supplement the soup with toppings from the salad bar.

                        1. I love the take-away soups at Erewhon market on Beverly, east of Fairfax. The carrot ginger soup is delicious. I have also tried one with lentils and carrot. The other ones look great too, but I haven't tried them because they all have onions, which I can't eat. I think all the soups are vegetarian based. You could kill two birds with one stone by getting in some grocery shopping at the same time.

                          What's also nice is that the ingredients on the soup are clearly listed, so you know what you are getting, unlike at a restaurant where you don't know if there are perservatives or the like in the soup.

                          1. Newsroom Cafe and Literati both in Santa Monica. There's Urth in WeHo but I think there's one on the westside too now.

                            1. shoot me now... but jerry's does have good veggie soup, and i like to get the white chicken pieces added... okay shoot.

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                              1. re: Emme


                                Oh, and I agree.

                                Also, Fred 62 has a good minestrone.

                                Fred 62
                                1854 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

                                Jerry's Famous Deli
                                10923 Weyburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024