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Best Soup/Chowder/Stew/Bisque in D/FW

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Well we have threads for the best Mexican, Burgers, Biscuits and Gravy, Asian Noodle Soup, International Store...you get the picture. How about best all around soup/chowder/stew/bisque in the Metroplex? Doesn't matter what cuisine could be Korean, Mexican, Italian, etc. Just have a craving sometime when it is cold for a great bowl of soup.

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  1. Soulslinger, the more posts by you that I read, the more I like the way you think. Nothing like soup on a cold day, and the older I get, the more I appreciate soup. I think it's one of the most dependable and satisfying parts of a great chef's menu and it's too often ignored. That said, here's some great soups I've enjoyed recently:

    ---THE BEST soup I've had in the past year is hands down the Turtle Soup (made from ground tenderloin) at Randy's Steakhouse in Frisco.

    ---I also very much enjoyed the Butternut Squash soup at Gregory's in Plano, and the Cream of Mushroom at Amici Signature in Carrollton.

    ---Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my neighborhood fave, Cafe Gecko, with locations in Addison and The Colony. Both their Chicken Tortilla Soup and their Shrimp Chowder are quite wonderful!!!

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    1. re: Thefoodczar

      Cheesy I know but I like the Minestrone (although they have added pasta to it recently) at Two Guys From Italy on Webb Chapel @ Forest. They have maintined the recipe for years and it is great on a cold day. Basically a vegetable soup with all the Italian ingredients. This with the free bread is by far the cheapest lunch one could have and not be hungry. Total tab with tip for bowl of soup, free bread, tray of gardineira w/ olives and carrots....$4.65. I had the minestrone in Trastevere in Rome and it wasn't quite the same....broth with small noodles and beans....that was it

      1. re: soulslinger

        $4.65 for all that WITH tip??? Wow!!!! Another reason to love soup. The only thing better than a great cheap lunch is a great FREE lunch!!!

    2. This past weekend I had the lobster bisque at Central 214. Fantastic!!!

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      1. re: Raynickben

        The lobster bisque at Pappa's Brothers is fantastic.

        1. re: yumyum palace

          The lobster bisque at Jaxx Cafe in Addison is also good but they only have it on weekends.

      2. I recently discovered the green chili chicken soup at Market Street. Plentiful chunks of fresh roast chicken, and the green chili packs that extra punch to warm you up. $3.99 for 16 oz.

        The potato leek soup at Central Market.

        The tomato basil soup with the tiny grilled cheese garnishing the mug at Hattie's.

        Asian Mint has a soup that's pho noodles combined with the coconut broth of tom ka gai.

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        1. re: vktp

          I go to CM in Plano 2-3 times a week but I never thought their soups were particularly good. That being said, their prepared foods in general don't stand out either especially compared to Whole Foods.

          1. re: Scagnetti

            I think they must vary in the quality of their preparation. We had a couple different ones onetime that were absurdly salty. My dad, who puts salt on his pickles (not really), was shocked at the salinity. I had the potato leek from the lover's location saturday, and it was good, but too fatty for me. I like thick soups, but i don't like when my lips are covered in cream/oil. It masks the flavor of the other ingredients. All the soups (which isn't many) I've had there have been oiler than I would like.

          2. re: vktp

            Taking back my rec of the green chili stew at Market Street. The first 2 times I had it, the soup had a clean, spicy flavor to it. Today, they clearly recycled an old batch; the potato chunks had imparted a thick, muddy starchiness that ruined the whole thing for me.

          3. Guess I will chime in with two more recs. The Shrimp Bisque and the Clam Chowder both at Sea Breeze in Plano. My wife had the shrimp bisque which had the most tender medium size shrimp I have ever had and my clam chowder had the best herbaceous flavour with non-gritty clams (hard to find in the metroplex). Excellent for such a cold night last night

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            1. re: soulslinger

              If you ever do manage to make it to Taste of the Islands, the oxtail stew is pretty good, albeit far from fancy.

              1. re: luniz

                All I can say is thank for rubbing it in that I haven't been to Taste of the Islands. I am not too picky if it is fancy or not....I bet the the Soup Mobile might even have some great soups, but you need to volunteer to get a try. Something we should all sign up for one weekend here in Dallas, just a thought

                http://www.soupmobile.org/

            2. Well not exactly a chowder but in the family of stewish soup: Chicken Gumbo at The Big Easy on Park & 75. Personally a bowl of gumbo is plenty for pretty much any meal.

              Of course at the moment I am busy making 20qts of gumbo for our home owners association party, so I am partial to it :-)

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              1. re: irodguy

                Tom Kha at Mango Thai
                Tomato Basil at La Madeline's
                Tortilla Soup-The Mansion, runner up Luna de Noche
                Butternut Squash Soup-Central Market

                1. re: foodie06

                  I will jump on the band wagon for Luna de Noche. Some of the best Tortilla Soup I have had. I like places that wait till they get to the table to pour the soup over the good stuff.
                  Chamberlains Fish Market always has a good chowder in their rotation.

                  1. re: ibobi

                    I thought their (Luna de Noche) bean soup was delicious, except (I know, this is wierd), the beans were bad. They had canned bean texture. The flavor and body of the soup were perfect for a brothy soup. Everything was suspended nicely, and there were very few fat droplets on top. I say this because I might have gotten an older batch, so maybe the beans are typically better.

              2. Haven't been to Daddy Jack's in Dallas, but I've been to their place in FW and love both the lobster bisque and clam chowder there.

                1. The butternut squash and crab bisque at whole foods in great when they have it. One word of caution though taste a little before you purchase it. I bought some in a hurry once and did not pay enough attention to the color, it was mislabeled.

                  1. Just thought of a soup....Poblano Soup at Neuvo Leon...awesome. I get it everytime I go!

                    1. Whenever I'm sick or feeling just run down and tired, I love the 3 ingredient soup at August Moon. Big chunks of Chinese veggies, shrimp, king crab, scallops in a lovely broth that just warms me from the inside out. Unfortunately, it's a $7 and has a 2 order minimum... but some things are just that good.
                      Arthur's in Addison has the most satisfying cheese soup ever. They've spoiled me for all others.
                      El Fenix doesn't get a lot of credit on this site, but their tortilla soup is one of my favorite. So there. :)
                      Gumbo Ya Ya at Nate's. Rich, thick roux based broth with chicken and Andoullie, wooeey! This IS the taste of New Orleans.

                      ok, now anyone know where to get a big bowl of red in ND?

                      1. I love the tomato/basil La Madelines!

                        1. I know's it not a local thing but the Tortilla Soup at Pappasito's is to die for. It's a huge bowl and it's got the perfect blend of chicken, veggies, tortilla chips and fresh avocado's.

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                          1. re: philsgr8

                            Speaking of Tortilla Soup, for lunch today I had a very good bowl at (surprise, surprise) Cotton Patch Cafe in Frisco. Quite thick and tasty!

                            1. re: Thefoodczar

                              Cotton Patch is the BEST! I LOVE your blog Food Czar!

                          2. I have been ill a lot recently and the soups and I have been craving soups. Currently I am enjoying matzo ball soup from Deli News and Cindi's on Campbell. (Not mamma's, but good nonetheless.) And to get the sinus' going tortilla soup from Mi Cocina. I like to add fresh sliced jalapeƱos. The broth has good flavor and the combo of the other ingredients is proportionally mixed. I thought I like the tortilla soup @ On The Border, but I was wrong it sucks, at least the one in las Colinas. Went w/ some friends for lunch and the all of us received our soup luke warms and not that great. the tortilla strips far out numbered everything else as well as absorbing all the broth. Booooooooooooooo.

                            1. The lobster bisque at Pappa Brothers is fantastic. I make a lobster/crab bisque that is just as good though.