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Favorite Soup?

Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, does anyone have a favorite soup or recipe?

I love the Jalapeno Corn Chowder at Gruene River Grill.

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    1. Favorite Soup - Kimchi Jigae at either 'Korean Restaurant' - a small cafe inside the Korean market on the west side of Lamar & Airport - or at the cafe inside of 'New Oriental Market' which, strangely, is just a block south on Airport.

      Spicy kimchi broth, onions, peppers, chunks of pork, tofu. Served boiling hot with a bowl of sticky sushi rice.

      Least favorite soup - the Hot & Sour Soup at Kim Phung. Someone here posted about how they get cravings for the sweet orange version that Kim Phung makes. I made the mistake of ordering it. It just sucks. It's not spicy, and it isn't sour. And it was overly thick. Decent crash-diet food, I suppose.

      Now - someone here post about some good chili places, or I'm quitting this board.

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      1. re: KPeff

        I started a chili thread awhile back, but it didn't really go anywhere: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/377416

        Try the soups at Baker Man's Bakery during lunch hour. I've had the ham and lentil, tomato and smoked red pepper, and broccoli cheese. All fantastic.

      2. My favorite soup in town is NS 14 from Madam Mam's. it has beef and fish balls and imitation crab and sometime it is so spicy that it is hard to finish.

        On the opposite end of the spectrum I love the creamy soups from New World Deli especially the clam chowder and the cream of Spinach.

        Also you can find me at Whole Foods at least once a week in their seafood soup section. My favorite is the salmon and corn chowder but they also have a lobster bisque and some others that are really good.

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        1. re: lazysmurf

          I also enjoy Whole Food's seafood soups. The parmesan crab bisque, smoked salmon and corn chowder, and cioppino are all great.

          1. re: Royale

            Really ? I always swing by to take a peek, and while they smell and look pretty decent, the seafood itself is usually quite pathetic. Scant in quantity, generally kind of rubbery, probably due to sitting in a hot bath for hours.

            The salmon chowder did look like the best bet, though.

            1. re: Nab

              if you ask at the fish counter they will give you a little sample cup and you can try them all.

        2. I love the matzo ball soup at MannyHattan's. And the tomato basil soup at LaMadeline.

          1. pho at triumph. very fresh.

            1. Coconut curry soup from Java Noodles

              1. Cream of carrot at Clay Pit.
                I'm not even a huge Clay Pit fan (their buffet is a favorite of some of my coworkers), but this soup is so creamy, sweet, and decadent that it's irresitable.

                1. Best soup as it gets cooler for me is the beer-cheese soup at Upper Crust! Simply out of this world.

                  1. I'll throw in the Pozole Rojo from the Soup Peddler and the beef noodle soup from CoCo's.

                    1. Wild Boar Chile Pozole or Green Chile Corn Chowder at South Congress Cafe

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                      1. re: LakeLBJ

                        If I could eat the Tenderloin Tomato Soup at III Forks every day, I would.

                        I also have the recipe (but have not yet made it):


                        1. re: cbear

                          Tomato basil soup at La Madeleine.

                      2. I totally spaced on the soups at the Alumni Center's Texas EXpresso cafe. I can't name any one particular as a favorite as they are surprisingly good across the board. Staying in the UT realm, I'd also give a nod to the Feijoada at O's Cafe, though the chef that created it has moved on to a new position elsewhere, so I assume that one is lost to memory.

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                        1. re: Twill

                          Duck wonton noodle soup at First Chinese BBQ, followed closely by NS11 (Tom Yum with Udon and shrimp) at Madam Mam's. Both are good for what ails ya'.

                        2. Can't say that they are my all time favorites but I ahd some very good soups this past weekend.

                          Friday I stopped by The Steeping Room for lunch and a pot of tea. It was my first time and I had a nice time. The soup was a suprisingly good tomato coconut bisque. Just enough cocnut to make it intereting without being overpowering, A smooth but not overly so consistency and a nice roasted tomato flavor (paired especially nicely with the smoke salmon gravalax tea sandwiches).

                          That night I was picking up some nibbles at Whole Foods (the north location) and ventured to try one of their seafood selections (as already mentioned in this thread). I had a very tasty Butternut Squash Crab Bisque. I was particularly impressed with both the amount and quality of the crab. Plus, while sounding strange at first the crab squash combo worked great.

                          I'll also second Twill's nod to Texespresso on campus. The sandwiches get a little boring after a while but the soups are always good.

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                          1. re: ashes

                            I also had the WF butternut squash crab bisque this weekend and I loved it. Creamy, buttery, with bits of squash and crab. I like it much better than the parmisan artichoke crab bisque, which is a little to thick and the smokey cheese flavor overwhelms the crab.

                            1. re: ashes

                              I agree that the Butternut Squash Crab Bisque is freaking amazing. I nearly cried of joy the first time I ate it.

                              I recently really enjoyed the Broccoli Cheese soup from the soup peddler. It was perfectly creamy (unlike my own version which was WAY too thick and a bit too salty)

                            2. We stopped in at Chapala's on Anderson Lane the other day and the chicken tortilla was pretty good. I couldn't finish it so I took 1/3 of it home and finished it this morning for brunch.

                              If you're ever out in the Horseshoe Bay area try "A Taste of Thyme", good food and the homemade soups are killer.


                              1. ooh, good question. here are my top three favorites...

                                Tom Khlong (NS15) at Madam Mam's. absolutely delicious spicy, lemongrass and galanga flavored broth with your choice of noodles and meat.

                                Spicy African Peanut Soup at Austin Java Company. Somewhat tangy, somewhat spicy, creamy soup. goes great with the accompanied foccacia. the chicken soup there is also good i'm told.

                                Hot and Sour Soup at Thai Village. it's not on the menu, but is the soup of the day on Fridays, i wanna say?...

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                                1. re: abidonfood

                                  I also enjoy the african peanut soup at Austin Java. The peanut taste is subtle, and the spice is great.

                                  1. re: Royale

                                    The Pozole at Oaxacan Tamaleo and the Consomee de Birria at Borrego del Oro. If anyone has a line on a good Pozole Rojo (Jalisco Style) then please post it here.

                                    1. re: El General

                                      Not sure if it is Jalisco style, but the Posole at Elsi's was excellent....it was green in color, not Rojo......most places serve posole with their menudo broth - is that Rojo? I like the white posole at Las Manitas, with the condiments.

                                      We also had an awesome Manhattan clam chowder at Hyde Park Bar and Grill. Could be a one-time thing, but that night, it was spot on.

                                2. garlic soup at shoal creek is hard to beat.

                                  1. I'm startled nobody had mentioned the soups at Jeffrey's which have always been outstanding when I've tried them. However, my favorite is the Shrimp Wonton at Din Ho. One suggestion, get the smaller portion, so you'll have enough room to eat something else--you gotta save room for the BBQ Duck, if nothing else.

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                                    1. re: taliesin15

                                      That pork and shrimp wonton soup is one of my favorites as well.

                                      Maybe not the best soup ever, but Tapatias north has a great Sopa de Mariscos. None of their other food appeals to me, but that soup was very good twice. You have to like octopus, though.

                                      Somewhere I had an extremely shellfish based soup with a whole crab in it. I can't remember where that was. Maybe a Salvadorean restaurant on east 7th?