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Soup in Los Angeles: Please help, major craving

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I am in some need of some major help from all Los Angeles chows. I know it is summer, but... I have been having major cravings for soup. Whether it be lobster bisque, clam chowder, cream of anything, onion soup, roasted tomato soup, lentil...any kind, as long as it is good. Is there anything out here that is similar to either a St. Louis Bread Company, or a soup nazi (seinfeld reference) in the greater los angeles area? I am willing to drive, I am that desperate.

Please help! thank you!

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  1. If you want a life changing, transcendent experience then some Wednesday, (only on Wednesday's) get yourself to: Mi India Bonita...4731 E. Olympic Blvd. (213) 267-8505 and behold the greatest albondigas soup known in this, or any parallel, universe.

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    1. re: WLA

      I think they now have albondigas other days too, you might phone first.

      1. re: Dbird

        Yep, they now serve their wonderful albondigas everyday. Also, they make a very respectable cocido de res (beef soup).

    2. Once again, I must refer you behind the Orange Curtain.

      Foscari usually has a cream soup each evening. THeir soups are creamy but not heavy or floury, tasting fully of their primary ingrdient: Tomato, Eggplant (yes, and mighty good!), Mushroom, Cauiflower, etc.

      You might want to call before going since you're coming from LA, but I've never been disapointed with their soups.

      Closer to home, my family likes the Lobster Bisque at Hamburger Hamlet.

      Foscari Italian Cuisine
      (714) 779-1777
      5645 E La Palma Ave Ste 170,
      Anaheim, CA 92807

      In the strip mall with the movie theatre on the NW corner of La Palma & Imperila Hwy.

      1. 3 suggestions:
        1. lobster bisque at Water Grill (call ahead, they don't always have it)
        2. pozole at Chichen Itza at Mercado Paloma (34th/Grand)
        2. chupe de camarones at Mario's Peruvian (Melrose/Rossmore(Vine).

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        1. re: Mr Grub

          Speaking of pozole, I love the pozole at La Cabanita in the La Canada/Flintridge/Montrose area. Although it can occasionally be too salty, when it's on-- it's on.

          Mr. Taster

          1. re: Mr Grub

            Totally agree with the Mario's suggestion. The other soups there are also excellent. Also, the middle eastern restaurant Marouch (4905 SM Blvd in Hollywood) does an unusual and excellent lentil soup.

            1. re: Mr Grub

              Minor correction. Pozole is actually at the stand (name escapes me) adjacent Chichen Itza. While you are there, tho, scarf the cochinita pibil at Chichen Itza -- outstanding.

              1. re: Mr Grub

                The stand immediately adjacent to Chichen Itza is (I'm pretty sure) Tacqueria Vista Hermosa, which also has really nice al pastor. Haven't tried their pozole, but I'll give it a whirl next time I'm there.

            2. Here are a few casual picks. Al Gelato on Robertson & Gregory has a terrific vegetable soup. It's thick and hearty, comes in a huge bowl with terrific bread to boot. And then you can, of course, top it all off with a yummy gelato. This is a casual place, that you can easily dine alone for lunch. Phone is (310) 659-8069. Another favorite is Hamburger Hamlet for onion soup fondue.

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              1. re: Jen

                Call first, as the soups differ each day. I've been trying to sample their minestrone for years.

                1. re: Scooty

                  Almost all of Al Gelato's soups are terrific. I have especially liked the chicken noodle, pea, and potato soups. A great meal from there can be had by ordering soup plus either some pasta with tomato-basil sauce and a giant meatball or two, or their exceptional combination Italian pizza. The only problem (other than the unpredictability of what will be available, as Scooty notes) is that they don't pack the soup for take-out very well, and more than once I have suffered significant spillage in the car on the way home.

                2. re: Jen

                  This is the second mention of Hamburger Hamlet-- I've visited HH twice and both times was served well sub-par burgers (canned mushrooms on my mushroom burger, for starters). Are the soups really that much better??

                  Mr. Taster

                  1. re: Mr. Taster

                    If you're from the valley (like I am, okay I can admit it after 10 years of therapy -- hee, hee) than HH is what you've grown up on. And yes, I think the onion soup fondue is the best thing there... that and some potato skins and you've got yourself a nice comfort meal. This is not fine dining but comfort dining. As for the hamburgers -- I've never thought they were anything that special... I usually go & get the soup.

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                      SpongeBobSquarePegs

                      No, the bisque is a gummy mess. Can't vouch for the french onion. Best thing is the cheese toast. The food is so average. I guess the best thing about it is the menu is huge so it's good for a group with picky eaters.

                3. One other soup that we always get, each time we visit, is the tortilla soup at 17 St. Cafe on Montana just west of 17th on the south side of the street. Excellent soup. Also, if they are offering their Maui Onion soup we get that over the tortilla soup, but for some inexplicable reason they don't serve it very often.