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

fruglescot Feb 28, 2008 05:26 AM

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. domesticgodess RE: fruglescot Feb 28, 2008 07:53 PM

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

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      sbug206 RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 08:24 AM

      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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        caitlink RE: sbug206 Feb 29, 2008 04:07 PM

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

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          fruglescot RE: caitlink Feb 29, 2008 04:14 PM

          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?

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            NovoCuisine RE: fruglescot Mar 3, 2008 09:42 AM

            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.

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              caitlink RE: NovoCuisine Mar 3, 2008 06:35 PM

              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.

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        sabr_smith RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 11:20 AM

        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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          kasey j miller RE: sabr_smith Mar 3, 2008 09:19 AM

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

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            fruglescot RE: kasey j miller Mar 3, 2008 09:06 PM

            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?)

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              kasey j miller RE: fruglescot Mar 17, 2008 05:29 AM

              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.

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            fruglescot RE: sabr_smith Mar 3, 2008 08:50 PM

            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.

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              pearlD RE: fruglescot Mar 4, 2008 04:42 AM

              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.

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                fruglescot RE: pearlD Mar 4, 2008 05:03 AM

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

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                  pearlD RE: fruglescot Mar 4, 2008 05:23 AM

                  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.....

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            KevinB RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 11:40 AM

            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?

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              Beagle RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 12:00 PM

              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.

              1. fruglescot RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 12:45 PM

                SOUP TO NUTS
                A couple of weeks ago I tried the soup at the IGA grocery on Danforth west of Pape
                I'm suspecting it was homemade and not just a commercial brand out of the can but it was sooooo good that I dipped into the steel cauldron for seconds. They also had sliced bread there for the taking. A nice touch!
                Actually, this is a very exciting place with nicely displayed colourful products , haunting aromas and lots of action (people) Certainly worth a visit and I'll be getting my hard to find, Van Hautte ground coffee there in future.

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                  LemonLauren RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 04:19 PM

                  i love the lentil soup at SABABA and Tabule's is pretty good too.

                  2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                  390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

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                    fruglescot RE: LemonLauren Feb 29, 2008 04:47 PM

                    EASTERN TREK
                    And of course we must mention once again, with accolades, the excellent lentil soup served at "The Armenian Kitchen" on Victoria Park just north of Eglinton. I slipped down there one very frigid evening a few Saturdays ago before dinner and tried it based on the recommendations here.The waiter seemed a bit surprised when I informed him that I did not require any further courses andto please bring my check.
                    Only $2.50 for a wonderfully generous bowl with hints of lemon zest and cumin.

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                    jayseeca RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 04:59 PM

                    never been here, but it seems promising and def on my 'must try' list...

                    Le Bar a Soupe

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                      phoenikia RE: fruglescot Feb 29, 2008 05:08 PM

                      Every chowder I've tried at Starfish has been delicious.

                      The goulash from Coffee Mill-to-go ( the take-out lunch counter behind the Coffee Mill) in Yorkville is my favourite soup when I'm in the neighbourhood.

                      I've really enjoyed the soups at Linda, above Salad King. Always interesting flavours, plus you can alter the spiciness to your liking.

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