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Soup in Stamford, CT

Looking for a good place to go for a huge bowl of hot soup today (not Chinese)....any ideas?

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  1. I'm sure you've already had lunch, but I think the Sundance Cafe on Broad St @ Atlantic St (in the Landmark complex) makes excellent soup (and they're an excellent coffee bar, to boot).

    Their selections change daily and the menu is available online...

    http://www.thesundancecafe.com

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    1. re: Zobot

      Thanks for the idea! I'll have to check that out one of these days. I wish Stamford had something like the old "Soups On" that used to be on Main St in Westport (before it turned into an outdoor shopping mall).

      I ended up over at Duo and had some of their clam soup & a couple sushi rolls.

      1. re: amanda3571

        I wish any town had something like the old Soups On...that place was great. And there's nothing like it anymore around here. The basket would come with a bowl of soup, mixed salad and some warm herb bread...so so good!

        1. re: sibeats

          I keep meaning to stop at this place - but there is a little cafe called Soup Alley in Wilton right on Danbury Rd. I don't know anything about it, but I keep meaning to stop by & try it out. It wouldn't be a place to run to during my work day in Stamford....but maybe on the weekends. If you do a google search on it - there are some very positive reviews.

          1. re: amanda3571

            There is another one in Sono right near Barcelona. I've never been, but my husband stopped in for lunch one day and said he was underwhelmed by everything.

            1. re: sibeats

              jfood drove bythe SONO place a couple of weeks ago. Not very appealing and had that Nouveau Soup Kitchen sorta feel. Forgot about the soup place on Route 7. Gotta give that a try for lunch one day.

              1. re: jfood

                The place in Sono and the place on route 7 are the same, Soup Alley. The one in Wilton was first and then they opened the second one in Norwalk. Our friend from the NY Times gave it a decent review, for whatever that's worth!

                1. re: sibeats

                  Interesting that it has the same owners. Maybe that look works on 7 but not in SONO?

                  Brooks reviewed? Missed that one. do you have an idea when?

                  Jfood is not a big fan of hers normally but she wrote a wonderful piece two sundays ago on the history of food in the area. her best work in months. Maybe that was her George Washington Farwell Speech.

                  1. re: jfood

                    Here is the link to the Brooks review http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...
                    I'm not her biggest fan either, as I've found many of her reviews this past year to be very odd!

            2. re: amanda3571

              I work just down the street from the Wilton one. As a matter of fact I tried to go there today. Notice I said tried. The lot was so full that there wasn't a place to park, even illegally.

              The food is pretty good. Lots of selection, quality seems fresh. Since you serve yourself you can get lots of solids if the pot is full, but it can be all broth if empty.

              Prices are quite high but I still enjoy it.

        2. re: Zobot

          My favorite soups are Grilled Chicken Rice from Hope Street Restaurant and Ocha's Chicken Coconut soup with added glass noodles...

        3. I have tried Soup Alley on both Route 7 and in SoNo and they do have many, many soup options that u can choose from and it has been pretty good for soup but I think it is very expensive to eat there!!!

          1. Panera Bread on Rt 1 in Darien also has pretty decent soup selections.

            1. I can recommend the clam chowder at Mackenzie's Grill on High Ridge.

              1. Try Top of the Hill right down the street from Stamford Hospital, it is Jamaican and they make great soups. By the way it is a great place for lunch for jerk, fried chicken and curried goat

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                1. re: nbermas

                  Thanks- I tell ya, the options in Stamford are unbelievable. I feel very lucky to live in this city, and not JUST for the food! Top of the Hill sounds great. I think it's pretty important that the average person in Stamford try the places that aren't the popular places like Market and Kit's Thai Kitchen and Black Bear. We really should make the most of all the different cultures that are here. And by we, I should probably say, ME, since I don't do that enough.

                  1. re: nbermas

                    which soups have you tried there? I've always stuck to the jerk, curries and patties...

                    1. re: adamclyde

                      Stamford Talk, we live in a melting pot and I would hope that most people want to try other peoples culture by way of food, music, religion, etc, You never know what you are missing.

                      Top Of the Hill- Soups that are great: Stew Pea, Chicken. They have a seafood special soup but I haven't tried it.

                      Breakfast there is excellent and it keeps you going till dinner. If you like liver whjich I do try the liver, banana, and dumpling. Also ackee and saltfish and their porridge. Go check it out someday and tell me what you think.

                      1. re: nbermas

                        Actually I DO know what I'm missing, and that kills me. I will try Top of the Hill! I'm married to a tragically un-adventurous food-eater, so I'm sort of on my own in that dept. which is why Chow is SO helpful. I don't understand how you guys FIND all these places, but I guess that's another thread!

                        1. re: Stamford Talk

                          Margot's Wine Cafe has very good soup, though the selection is somewhat limited.

                      2. re: adamclyde

                        they also have a tripe soup in the winter, which a friend of mine adores

                    2. jfood finally tried Soup Alley today and he is glad he did. He wandered up Route 7 and drove across the construction site to the Wilton location. The place was about 35%empty and the were probably 12 soups plus chile, beef stroganoff and penne vodka to choose from. The beef and pasta looked like they were Domino style, and jfood did not taste because they looked very unappealing.

                      Now for the good news. Jfood did a sampler of a few soups (all were excellent) before deciding on the Chicken Corn Chowder. Nice big hunks of chicken, potatoes still had their firmness, other veggies but not an abundance of corn (jfood would have like a little more of the co-star) in a rich bique-y base. There was a hint of cilantro that was very nice. Jfood ordered the 16-oz for $5.99 and they threw in one package of oyster crackers.

                      So jfood gives his seal of approval to the soups at Soup Alley. A nice change of pace from the sandwiches he normally eats.

                      1. Try the Lemon Chicken Rice soup (Chicken Avgolemono) in Athens Pizza (http://www.athenspizzaandrestaurant.com/) located in 1975 West Main Street Stamford, right next to Stop & Shop and across from the shoprite shopping center. Homey and decilious, it's a nice meal with their olive dipping on bread!