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Dec 19, 2007 10:59 AM

Soup in Santa Monica

Any recommendations for a place that serves great soup in Santa Monica? The closer to the 10/Cloverfield exit the better. Thanks in advance.

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  1. If you don't mind takeout, the lentil soup and the veggie chili at Mrs. Winston's in the Water Garden are both very good. Not too much further at 23rd and Wilshire, Whole Foods has a full soup bar.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      Second both of these recs, esp. the lentil soup at Winston's.

      1. re: a_and_w

        I was totally dissapointed in the veggie soup at Winston's. It's flavorless and bland. I haven't tried the lentil.

        1. re: fiercekitten

          Which veggie soup? I've only seen veggie chili, lentil, and split pea. They also do chicken soup. I find their soups aren't boldly spiced but make up for it with the flavor of other ingredients, like the veggies and beans themselves.

          1. re: a_and_w

            I've never seen veggie soup there either. I agree that the lentil soup (which is I think the closest to what I would describe as a veggie soup) doesn't have a strong flavor but it has good chunks of vegetables and it tastes fantastic with a little sriracha swirled in.

    2. I've never had the soup, but Bergamot Station cafe has good food, and it's very close to the freeway. I do know they make their soup from scratch every day. The number is 310-828-4001 that you can call to find out about the day's selection.

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      1. re: Juji

        If you're willing to go north a bit, Bread and Porridge on Wilshire and 23rd has good soup. And for takeout, you could go to the Whole Foods on Wilshire and 23rd.

        1. re: Bria Silbert

          Any particular soup recs at Bread and Porridge?

      2. My favorite chicken soup is at Monte Alban - Santa Monica Bl and Brockton.

        Bergamot Cafe has great daily soup.

        Jack and Jill's has good, usually 4 to choose from that change daily.

        Hu's has some great chinese soups: hot and sour, sizzling rice, etc, on National and Rose.

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        1. re: yogachik

          I second the soup at Monte Alban. I always crave their Chicken Tortilla soup.

          1. re: yogachik

            yogachik, do you mean the Sopa Azteca or Consomme Ranchero? I like the latter but love, love, love the former, which is also available with chicken btw.

            1. re: a_and_w

              I think the Sopa Azteca is the BEST!!!

          2. The Matzoh ball soup at Fromin's on 19th and Wilshire.

            1. little saigon on santa monica and federal-ish for ok pho, jerry's famous deli for ok matzoh ball, monte alban and guelaguetza for goat soap and chicken soup, tacos por favor for chicken soup and pozole on the weekends, trader joes french onion, whole foods has good soup and i want to try the attari sandwich shop on westwood blvd. for there ash gosht(?) on fridays. it's supposed to be great.

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              1. re: jessiebelle

                I would skip Le Saigon. It's not that it's bad; if I were hungry and the only thing available was Le Saigon pho, I'd eat it without complaint. But as pho goes, it's kind of boring.

                In the past I've enjoyed the gallina en caldo, albondigas, and menudo at the Talpa on Pico. It's not exactly fine dining, but it's filling and not too far away.

                1. re: jessiebelle

                  Run don't walk to Attari, but I think they have asht everyday, it's the ab gousht(?) that's friday only, comes in two bowls or takeout and you mix it together yourself. Tongue sandwich is awesome too.

                  1. re: rancherostyl

                    canary down the street has ab gusht (also called deezee) on the menu on a daily basis. many prefer their rendition. my opinion is that it depends on the day. sometimes it is too oily for me but others times great. and they make excellent tea.

                      1. re: rancherostyl

                        sorry but there's no verb in that question.