Best Soups in Charlotte
I love soup! I could have soup for lunch every day. Back when I worked downtown (10 years ago!), I actually really enjoyed going to Spratts for lunch to get soup because they made their own - usually with leftovers. Soup is filling, warming and satisfying, and if you go fo the right one, it is kind to your waist line.
I don't make it downtown for lunch anymore, but I would be willing to make the drive for a good bowl of soup. My husband swears by the lunch deal at Aquavina: their house salad with a cup of soup ofr $6, not including tax and tip. They make Cream of Tomato daily. He also loves the Onion Soup Gratinee at Ruths Chris.
I am partial to the soups at Something Classic. They make a very good Tomato Bisque as well as several wonderful chowders.
So - who else makes great soups - in house only! I cannot tolerate soups that obviously come from something like Sysco. These usually mean gloppy, overly thick soups like broccoli cheese, potato cheese or salt-laden chicken noodle.
Definitely the she crab at Eddie's Place. I'd also recommend the lemon grass soup at Bangkok Ocha. The pho at Pho 98. I haven't been in a while, but the salad bar soups at Talley's on East Blvd. were always delicious. This is a great post. I am a huge soup fan and am enjoying some right now. You've reminded me about Something Classic which never gets enough love on this site. They always do a great job.
Did u make it to Soup on Sunday at CPCC a couple of weeks ago? That is a soup lover's paradise. About 40 top CLT restaurants were represented.
Trio at Hwy 51 & McMullen Creek Pkwy has an incredible Mulligatawny soup (chix broth based, cream, curry, chix, celery, onions carrots). They also have a nice French onion soup topped off w/ puff pastry & Mozz chs. They have homemade daily soups in addition to those two, which are on the menu every day. I like their cream of asparagus & the pork w/ poblano too. (Can u tell I love soup too).
I think Trio is a great lunch spot. I love their Cobb salad. There spinach salad is awesome too w/ feta cheese, bacon, red onion and the "Killer" dressing rocks!
Is Something Classic that place on monroe rd?
(yeah, the she-crab at Eddie's is great. So are the soups at Global).
Lynn - here are Something Classic's locations. We used to use them for catering when I was at the Bank and they were so good I started going myself. I always forget about Trio. We used to go all the time when we first moved down here. I will have to swing by soon and try that French Onion!
The Villa in Myers Park
715 Providence Rd. / 704.347.3666
Uptown Hearst Tower
220 N. Tryon St. / 704.331.9158
1323 Cental Ave. / 704.377.1825
Harris Teeter Express
Myers Park - 115 Providence Rd. / 704.338.9100
Uptown - West 6th & Pine St. / 704.332.8479
Black Lion Pineville
10605 Park Rd. / 704.540.0789
Ballantyne - Opening Summer 2007 at Gourmet Enhancements
12206 Copperway Suite 122 / 704.543.0033
When I worked downtown (and thanks for not calling it uptown) in the late 90s, I used to love a soup they made at Just Fresh. I am trying to recall it exactly, and my memory is not very good, but it had wild rice in it, I believe.
Perhaps they still make it and someone else can pipe in on this.
I believe that would be their cream of chicken and wild rice soup. I'd go to the First Union (not Wachovia!) Atrium for that. You know, Dickadee's Deli makes a good one too. What I miss from the old downtown Charlotte was Leo's Deli in Overstreet Mall. They had the best dill pickles in the world! I know they've relocated to Elizabeth Avenue, but it is just not the same place.
Not 100% sure if it is made in-house but my co-worker swears the Brunswick stew at Reid's Grocery is some of the best he's ever had.