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Dec 28, 2007 12:45 PM

Where's the Best Soup in Arlington??

You know when you're out running errands on a cold and damp day and you're craving a great bowl of non-Asian soup -- where do you go and what kind of soup do you get?

I took Asian soups out because we love them and already have our favorites. Also not interested in chowders. All other soup recommendations welcome -- including the following and others you recommend -- chicken noodle, lentil, split pea, French Onion, etc.



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  1. Do you mind sharing some of your favorite Asian soups in the area? As for non-Asian soups, I like the tomato soup at Le Madeline. The pastries there are disappointing but the tomato soup is perfect. The casual cafeteria style dining makes it very natural to stop in just for a bowl of soup.

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    1. re: Minger

      Pho 75 for Vietnamese- 6 bucks and awesome. Certainly not a great atmoshpere (cafeteria-like) but it sure will give you a good soup!

      1. re: Minger

        Our favorite Asian soups are the Vietnamese Wonton Soup from Nam Viet in Clarendon, the Wonton Soup at Crystal Thai in the shopping center with the Outback Steakhouse on Rt. 50 at N. Park in Arlington and any version of Pho at Pho 75 in Rosslyn.

        How about you??

        1. re: BRL

          > How about you??

          I love soup but I don't really hunt for it. One feature about soup that I care about is the cost. Good soup at a good price is the sweet spot. (Some places overcharge for a small portion of packaged or canned soup. The lousy minestrone for $4 at Primo Italiano is a recent example. Dessert is packaged too. Just go for the pizza.) Random notes on Asian soup:

          Peter Chang made a great vegetable tofu soup (and inexpensive) at China Star when he was there.

          The seaweed with beef bits soup at the Hee Been buffet is something one might not normally find?

          Bangkok 54 offers tasty group serving soups for under $10. (The seafood in the soup might be a bit thin.)

          I love the depth of the seafood tofu stew at Yaechon. Rich broth made with lots and lots of seafood. (Wouldn't mind trying something similar at one of the specialty tofu houses.)

          I like the noodle soup with roasted pork at Full Kee? in Bailey's Crossroads.

        2. re: Minger

          My favorite asian soup- the sweet and sour salmon (or shrimp) soup at Nam Viet in Clarendon.

          1. re: JAC13

            I was in Clarendon today, so I tried the sweet & sour salmon, and was very unimpressed, although I suppose there was no false advertising--it had just three flavors, namely sweet (too much so), sour (again, too much so), and a tiny hint of salmon flavor from some bland (but plentiful) hunks of salmon.

            I don't have a problem with simple soups, but this was a little TOO simple--like someone had started to make a Thai tom yum soup, realized they were missing a few ingredients, and so they just poured in some sugar and called it a day.

            (They did have good cha gio and ca phe sua, though.)

          2. re: Minger

            I like Pho 75, but recently, upon advice of a poster here, tried Golden Cow on Rte. 50. Marvelous. I'd still give Pho 75 a slight edge (I like their balance of spices more), but GC also has great spring rolls and other items, while Pho 75 is pretty much all pho. Blustery weather like today's makes pho particularly appealing.

            BUT...I also love the typhoon soup at Viet Bistro in the Eden Center. It's basically a variation on the Thai lemongrass and tamarind soups, with lots of seafood in it.

          3. Well it WAS the vegetable soup offered daily at Joe's Place on Rte 7 in Bailey's, but they're gone. I'm anxious to hear suggestions for where else I can find some good warming soup.

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            1. re: wayne keyser

              Joe's on Lee Highway just west of Harrison St. is still around, as is the one in Vienna. I've never been in that Joe's but I assume the food is about the same as the one at Bailey's Crossroads.

              1. re: MikeR

                Yes, the Joe's on Lee Hwy in Arlington still has the very good vegetable soup that has always been served at all the Joe's restaurants.

            2. There are some good soups at Mother's Macaroons near the corner of Lee Hwy and Harrison (just to the left of the Safeway entrance). The soups change daily, and there are usually 2 or 3 to choose from. I get the split pea whenever they have it.

              If your timing is right, you can have a freshly-baked cookie for dessert.

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              1. re: bacchante

                I have heard good things from other folks about the soups at Mother's Macaroons -- what are some of the soups you've had there that you liked?

                1. re: BRL

                  Let's see. It's been a while since I've been, but the season is here again. In addition to the split pea, which is my favorite, I think I've enjoyed chicken tortilla, creamy mushroom, chicken noodle, and tomato basil soups. You can get a soup and half a sandwich combo. The egg salad and chicken salad are decent but wouldn't really make it a destination for me. I haven't tried other sandwiches.

              2. I don't order sopas very often, but the ones at Aclacatl are supposed to be some of the best Salvadoran in the whole area.

                For some soups without digging too hard, the gumbo at Whole Foods is good (I don't like many of their soups), and some at Safeway are certainly passable - chicken tortilla and italian wedding being two good ones they offer.

                For Asian, my broken record of sweet and spicy salmon at Nam Viet.

                1. This is the Arlington/Alexandria border in a little Greek restaurant. We go there specifically for soup. Its called "Avgolemono." WP describes it as "chock-a-block with rice and shredded chicken and yellow with egg yolk."

                  Vaso's Kitchen
                  1225 Powhatan St., Alexandria 703-548-2747

                  Its hard to miss because there is a huge neon pig on top of the restaurant. It used to be a BBQ place.