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Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?

Ron L May 15, 2008 08:05 PM

I've had tortilla soups at Flores, Jim's, Taco Bueno, Chuy's, and Cheddars (yeah, a real gourmet collection of restaurants). Soup stock ranges from a chicken broth base to tomato base. What's the "authentic" tortilla soup and where do I find it.

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    akuma May 26, 2008 07:06 PM

    The tortilla soup at Houston's is fantastic. The best I've had in Austin.

    1. slowcoooked May 26, 2008 01:15 PM

      one of my favorites, and I'll await the gasps, is Hula Hut's. It is the requisite clear broth, chicken, white cheese (opt), tortillas (atop just before serving), tomotoes, onions, cilantro. But they step it up with roasted poblano bits and roasted corn. A great touch that puts them over the top. Hey, not a bad spot to eat outside and throw back a beer either. The other food, well, fairly boring but not inedible.

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        auspr May 20, 2008 08:30 PM

        If you like spicy food; Manuel's downtown or at the Arboretum has the best.

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          rudeboy May 20, 2008 10:06 PM

          I heard this recently as well........from a friend who love the soup.

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            MyySharona May 23, 2008 08:40 PM

            I had the tortilla soup at Chuy's and was appalled. Perhaps I'm under the (wrong) impression that tortilla soup is cream-based. I was not expecting what tasted like, to me anyway, Mexican wonton soup. I thought it was gross.

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              ChristineR May 24, 2008 05:58 AM

              I've never heard of a cream-based tortilla soup. Not saying that it would be bad, however, but I don't think that is how it is typically prepared.

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                tim irvine May 24, 2008 06:31 AM

                Kind of like the tortilla soup at Vivo's. Also, although I am not a fan of Guerro's, when I end up there, that is what I get. I like a lighter tortilla soup...broth with good seasoning, avocados, chicken, and tortillas, each discernible.

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          Jaybo May 20, 2008 10:33 AM

          The Limestone Lounge at the Marriott on 35 and Ben White has a very good tortilla soup.

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            sumodoc May 19, 2008 08:53 PM

            For me so far: Azul Tequila. Reminds me of the perfect tortilla soup I had in Puerto Vallarta.

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              NirvRush May 21, 2008 06:03 PM

              i just tried their tortilla soup again yesterday, so good! clear broth, with corn-on-the-cob and other veggies and chicken and avocado. it was great w/ a chicken enchilada (+rice/beans) for a $6 lunch special. also, i hadn't been in quite some time, apparently they have expanded their menu. they now have cabrito, which i thought was better than Texican's. but it doesn't surpass the conchinita pibil.

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                weegums May 28, 2008 06:23 AM

                I'm going to second this. I live down the street, and this has become a staple.

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