Sick in the valley
As opposed to sick OF the valley.
Have a pretty ucky cold and am currently hanging uselessly about in the sherman oaks/studio city area. I've lived here for a while, but I am pretty sick of getting soup from Jerry's or Art's (Though I do like Art's alot). Is there anywhere else nearby with good soup for the sniffling soul? Extra points if it s spicy and healthy.
Up on Sherman Way in Van Nuys is Kyushu Ramen. I like a good bowl of ramen or udon or Chanpon when I'm sick
15355 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91408
Down Sepulveda from there you have duelling pho places, Pho 999 (6411 Sepulveda Blvd) and Pho so 1 (across the street!) 6450 Sepulveda Blvd..
On Burbank blvd just east of the Burbank/Kester intersection is El Katracho, which has really good seafood soups, the conch or the blue crab are the best. HUGE bowl! Really great prices, too.
Spciy and healthy might mean chili instead of soup. In encino you can go to chili my soul. they can make it as spicy as you want. www.chilimysoul.com
Hugo's, on Riverside just east of Coldwater Canyon, usually has a few great soups.
6450 Sepulveda Blvd.
see, I knew hugos had some good soup. I want some of that myself, now. Isn't it a special, though?
Be aware, Hugo's just altered their menu a bit, putting some of the more beloved "specials" on the regular menu (spring rolls, etc). Until the kitchen is firm on the new menu, they have decided not to do any specials. makes sense, really, and it' nice they are being so good to the kitchen crew.
Simon's Cafe on Sepulveda (south of Ventura Blvd) serves a wonderful Harira soup (lentils, vegetables, etc); it's hearty and delicious. They also always have a soup of the day as well. Everything at this casual Mediterrerean restaurant is homemade and carefully prepared.
In addition to the soups already mentioned, the lentil soup at Carnival is quite delicious. I tend to go for pho if I have a cold but it isn't bad enough to keep me in the house. If sick enough to have to stay in, then the wor wonton soup from California Wok, delivered, does the job quite nicely.
Once again we had a delicious meal at Simon's in Sherman Oaks. As usual my husband and mother had his delicious lamb tagine and I opted for the salmon. The veggies were fantastic-- he purchased them that day from the farmer's market. The red bliss potatoes were so sweet and the yellow cauliflower tasted as if it had been slightly buttered, however Simon swore that he had just steamed them- it was a natural buttery-ness. Whatever it was-- they were awesome! Hubby finished his meal with a homemade sour cherry torte. All of his baked goods are homemade and special. they're not overly rich and often have ground almonds and fruit.
We love going in and being treated like honored guests. Apparently so does a certain celeb who was at an adjacent table!
7748 Highway 290 W, Austin, TX 78736