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Feb 28, 2008 05:26 AM

Other than Chinese, Where Can One Get a Great Soup in the GTA?

I have found a great little spot on Carlaw just north of Queen St. E. It's called 'First Break' (take out only)
However, often, when I go there they are out of the handmade soup. The story goes that a fine French chef who now works in another field in the area comes in every morning and uses his 'cordon bleu' skills to pull together the fine broth. My favourite there is the Mulligatawny.
Where have you found the soup to be on an equal or higher plane ?
Forgo the chains svp

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  1. bar a soupe, ravis soup, sandwich box...all make FANTASTIC SOUPS.
    (in my humble opion).
    Check them out!!

    1. Soup Nutsy on the concourse level at the TD Towers. It's a knock off of the Seinfeld Soup Nazi and way better than the "authentic" chain one at Eaton Centre.

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      1. re: sbug206

        I love the clam chowder, jamaican crab bisque at Soup Nutsy. Especially when they are on discount on Friday afternoons.

        1. re: caitlink

          So which one is it caitlink? The clam chowder or the crab bisque?
          I like the idea of a discount . When does that start? What time of day?

          1. re: fruglescot

            Sorry, I'm barging in and answering this one..

            There is not a discount per se, but after 3:00 p.m. every day you buy one and get one free. This applies to all the soups, provided they have any left! The bisque and chowder are usually sold out by that time but you can get them occasionally.

            1. re: NovoCuisine

              Both the clam chowder and the crab bisque are great. But if I had to choose one, I would choose the crab bisque.
              I have been fortunate to get these after 3pm. There's usually not that much leftover but usually enough for me to get my discounted soup.
              When i do get them, i usually just take them home and freeze them for a later time.

      2. United Bakey at Bathurst and Lawrence has the best pea soup ever. Warm and yummy. They also have other soups along side but none that compare to the pea soup.

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        1. re: sabr_smith

          The pea soup at United Dairy is divine, but their best soup is the Cabbage Borscht, served hot, only on Friday's. Heaven!

          1. re: kasey j miller

            Can anyone else attest to which "PEA SOUP" is preferable between
            sabr smith's UNITED BAKERY and the recommendation by Kasey j Miller
            of the UNITED DAIRY (where is the dairy exactly anyhoow?)

            1. re: fruglescot

              ok, ok, sorry for the confusion. The correct name of the place is "United Bakers Dairy Restaurant". Some call it "UB" for short, others simply call it "The Dairy" or "United". It's all the same place, their pea soup is the best, and their cabbage soup (Friday's only) is my all-time favourite comfort food.

          2. re: sabr_smith

            Thanks for selecting my thread to post your first response and Thank You for the United Bakery soup tip. I love pea soup and don't live too far away so I'll be sure to slip over for a bowl on your recommendation.

            1. re: fruglescot

              UNITED BAKERS is in Lawrence Plaza (NW corner Lawrence at Bathurst).....I love their Mushroom Barley Soup.
              The soup in the Cafeteria at The Bay (corner Bloor & Yonge) is also really good, particularly the Minnestrone and make sure to get one of their freshly baked 'mini' loaves of bread.

              1. re: pearlD

                DOUBLE VISION
                SO.... If UB is in the Lawrence Plaza ,where then is U-DAIRY located?

                1. re: fruglescot

                  I think someone has the name 'wrong'......I don't think there is such a place called United Dairy. (Hey, I could be wrong, it happens!)
                  United Bakers is a 'dairy' restaurant (no meat served) it is located in Lawrence Plaza most definitely and does have great soups.....

          3. So sad it's not available anymore, but the French onion soup at Gaston's on Baldwin was fantastic. OK, the fact they provided scissors to cut the cheese was a bit of an affection, but the soup itself - great flavour beef broth, onions simmered to sweetness, and a nice big crouton for a bit of texture - on a cold winter night was quite a treat.

            Anyone know who makes a good FOS in or around Toronto these days?

            1. Café Polonez (on Roncesvalles Ave) does a mean daily homemade soup. They also have about 3 or 4 soup staples that remain on their menu. Although filling, most patrons still treat their soups as appetizers… but they can easily be made into a meal, as far as I'm concerned.