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[DFW] Best Soups?!

mistyp0523 Jun 22, 2009 09:58 AM

Oddly enough given the weather, I have been on a severe soup kick for around two months now. I order at least a cup of soup almost every time I go out to eat.

I have to give these soups a nod:

Lentil soup at Stoneleigh P
Tortilla soup at Cuba Libre
Chicken & veggie soup at Angry Dog (I almost feel bad ordering soup here considering the menu, but it's just so damn good)
Clam chowder at Louie's
Seafood gumbo at Jason's Deli (I know, I know...it's GOOD though!)
Jalapeno soup at The Meridian Room/Libertine Bar (though I went to Meridian last week and it looked and tasted like pickling juice...hope new owners didn't ruin it for good)
Corn & poblano chowder at Jasper's
Cream of poblano at Truluck's
Arroz a la tumbada at La Palapa Veracruzana
Tom Yahm Goong at Royal Thai

Any soup suggestions? What are your favorite soups in the area?

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    luvselo Sep 12, 2010 01:26 AM

    I'm a soup nut, too...

    I love the pumpkin soup at Spoons Cafe in downtown McKinney (delicious paired with the grown-up grilled cheese sandwich...best comfort food EVER)...

    All the soups they make at Ruth Ellen's Simple Dining in Allen are soooo good...They rotate them around...but he told me they're offering "more" at one time for fall...So far, the zucchini tomato basil and the baked potato have been my absolute favorites...

    Someone mentioned a Market Street soup - my husband and I LOVE the prime rib and mushroom soup at Market Street - but you can't plan for it! And when they put it out, it goes FAST...but it's amazing...

    And my husband is in love with the Tom kha gai at Zenna in Plano...he has a hard time ordering anything else there!

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      OCNC Sep 1, 2010 06:04 PM

      Gotta give a plug for the gaspacho at Dallas Chophouse. Try it and you will thank me!

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      1. re: OCNC
        bhoward Sep 2, 2010 11:22 AM

        Marshmallow soup at Rise No 1--nothing close in my book.

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          OCNC Sep 3, 2010 05:49 AM

          God why didn't I think of that. That is the best. Neiman has a killer lobster bisque too

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            iluvtennis Sep 14, 2010 02:07 PM

            What is the marshmallow soup?

            1. re: iluvtennis
              bhoward Sep 14, 2010 04:35 PM

              Marshmallow soup is a tomato carrot bisque with a floating mini goat cheese souffle and a swirl of basil pesto. First time I went I was told I must try it and I have had it every visit since. Google it--there are plent of articles, blogs, etc raving and for good reason.

        2. db3784 Sep 1, 2010 11:19 AM

          i would have to the gumbo at jason's it is pretty good and the pappadeux's of course has a good gumbo but if u want a really good chix tortilla try boston market...omg...changed my life!!!!!!

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            flomogal Feb 21, 2010 06:09 PM

            Generally, I'm not a fan of chain restaurants, but the lobster bisque at Pappadeaux's is really delicious! And of course, the baked potato soup at Houston's can't be beat either!

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              txlegalpro Feb 20, 2010 04:01 AM

              Pho soup at Green Papaya on Oak Lawn - best and freshest stuff ever! They're flat noodles in oyster sauce are also fantastic, but it's a huge entree - not a soupl

              Green Papaya Cafe
              3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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                CocoaNut Feb 8, 2010 01:02 PM

                I had a cup of vegetable soup Friday at Old West Cafe, new to Grapevine, not so new to Denton and Sanger. Typically, that's my least favorite soup, but I wasn't really hungry and they only have one soup per day. I have to say, it totally bowled me over; packed with flavor and chunky with yellow and zucchini squash, mushrooms, corn and the standard tomato, celery, carrots and onions. The broth was thin, but had an amazing heft and balance to the taste. I found that they use fresh (secret) herbs, tomato paste rather than sauce and chicken stock, all of which certainly contributes to the complexity.

                They make their soups daily and I was told the mushroom is off the hook. I look forward to trying others before the summer heat sets in. I'd love a bowl now!

                Grapevine has been hurting for a *good* all around cafe/diner with a varied menu and this appears to suit the bill with good value for the price. My half (shaved) ham & swiss sandwich was overflowing the edges of the rustic style bread. I hope other selections are equal to it. The only shortcoming of note is that most of the sides are fried, although they did have 2 vegetable specials on Friday - steamed vegetable medley and corn. I assume that to be an everyday standard.

                They're on NW Hwy in the old Dickie's location, across from Cafe Italia. Close at 2:00 p. :( and also, they did not have a soup this past Saturday - So on the weekend, if you're wanting to try the soup, you might call to verify before showing up.

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                1. re: CocoaNut
                  foodie06 Feb 15, 2010 12:54 PM

                  Champagne Brie Soup-St. Martin's Wine Bistro
                  Tortilla Soup-The Mansion on Turtle Creek
                  Tomato Basil Soup-La Madeline or Panera
                  Tom Kha-Mango Thai

                  1. re: foodie06
                    jhanchey Mar 18, 2010 05:41 PM

                    Corner Bakery has yummy & inexpensive soups - like French Onion - that make a perfect meal in their "pick two" combo with their greek salad...

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                  Stockli Dec 7, 2009 08:32 AM

                  Obviously, no one has tried the Tomato Gin Soup at White Chocolate Grill on Mayo. We always take extra home with us. Give it a try and report back to this board......!

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                  1. re: Stockli
                    LewisvilleHounder Dec 7, 2009 10:23 AM

                    We have not tried that soup at White Chocolate Grill because it does not exisit in Dallas/Fort Worth. Looking at the website I can only find restaurants in Scottsdale, AZ; Naperville, IL and Lone Tree, CO.


                    Do you know if there is a new one opening in Dallas?

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                    davidjpearlman Sep 30, 2009 07:54 AM

                    My favorite is the lobster bisque at Daddy Jack's, which I've had only at the FW location. It has the flavor of a lobster in the ocean and must be loaded with heavy cream; a bowl is more than a meal.

                    1. twinwillow Sep 22, 2009 10:49 PM

                      Since this soup blog started in June of this year, Zinsky's Deli has opened and, I'll have to add their matzoh ball soup to my list of favorites.

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                        missylee Aug 13, 2009 04:22 PM

                        Just wanted to add my favorite
                        Spicy Chicken Soup from Mai's on Bryan St. Soooooo good!

                        1. DallasDude Jun 25, 2009 01:56 PM

                          I threatened more soup raves, and I had a nice one for lunch today. Sort of. I anguish some days where I will have lunch, especially days which I do not plan an evening meal or months with R's in it. I consorted with another hounder and decided on H Mart food court despite her better suggestion.

                          I am no novice to H Mart or its delightful food court. Some days I am treated to whimsical huzzahs from the women that run the various counters, usually when pilfer walnut cookies from the front of the store and gleefully pass them out as I make my decision which vendor will get my seven bucks.

                          Today was not such a day, and they barely recognized me. In actuality, they probably only ever recognize me as that tall white man with seven bucks, just like all the other 6'3 white dudes that lumber in on occasion.

                          I chose one of the sizzling hot pots with soft tofu, and mixed seafood from Sobahn. There you will find endless combinations to this soup that is laced with spicy greatness that not only can fry off several layers of valued tongue, but also delivers sinus rendering madness and healing powers. The broth is a bubbling rich redness that must not be approached without a fire proof hazmat mask.

                          My over all experience was fantastic as always. There are other choices as well, and all should be explored. I believe my selection today could be described more of the Jjigae, but you will also find Bulgogi and quail egg laced Bibimbap.

                          While there I ran through the store for a quick look see. I found some nice shrimp for 2.99 and King Crab for 7.99. God I love this place.

                          The first pic is my selection today, the second is Bibimbap

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                          1. re: DallasDude
                            joanna.mcmaster Jun 25, 2009 02:23 PM

                            Yummy!! The second pic looks killer, too. Please tell me you purchased king crab with it being 7.99??

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                            J.R. Jun 23, 2009 10:02 AM

                            Gumbo at Chamberlains Fish Market - brick red colour. best in town IMO
                            Pho at Pho Bac in Richardson

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                            1. re: J.R.
                              DallasDude Jun 23, 2009 10:19 AM

                              Haven't had the gumbo at either Chamberlains Fish or S&D, but that tell-tale deep earthy red is a sure sign of a roux that was made properly, the old fashion way: hours of simmering. Count me in.

                              LH, my buddy my pal, I have wanted to like Taj Chaat, I have gone to Taj Chaat, I am trying to enjoy Taj Chaat. I am struggling there and feel ashamed. Have you had their parantha? I dunno, I will be going back to try again. I realize its more mid-day Indian snacky kind of place, so perhaps I need to approach it as such. Last time I had their saag paneer, a perennial favorite of mine, and it was more like a dab of spinach baby food (8 bucks) and little or no paneer. A 6'3 white male that hit 40 this year gets odd looks there too.

                              Saigon Block now on radar, and will report!

                              Thanks all for this revival of a theme, wonderful thread. Soup is nurturing even when it's 100 degrees outside.

                              I should add that the Madras soup is delightful at Indian Palace, and well worth trying.

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                                CocoaNut Jun 23, 2009 10:34 AM

                                I hate to continually to be seemingly at odds - but there are 2 schools to gumbo. There is the "red" variety that includes tomatoes and the "brown" which relies on the roux for color, also providing a rich, nutty flavor and thickening along side the use of fried down okra. The S&D flavors remind me of that which I raised eating. So if you like the red, you might not enjoy S&D.

                                An aside: I had always "heard" that "gumbo" received its name from the African term meaning okra. I was surprised when I recently learned that many do not incorporate okra. To me, it's an integral part of gumbo makeup - and if you fry it down, it does not have the slimy texture that is characteristic of okra.

                                1. re: CocoaNut
                                  DallasDude Jun 23, 2009 10:40 AM

                                  CocoaNut -- Exactly the color I was referring to and the roux version of gumbo is what I seek and desire. Sorry I stumble-bummed that description Pappy O'Daniel style.

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                                    CocoaNut Jun 23, 2009 02:43 PM

                                    If you do make to it S&D, I hope you enjoy it.

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                                      WineInstructor Apr 9, 2010 09:12 PM

                                      Kudos on the O'Brother reference.

                                    2. re: CocoaNut
                                      jhanchey Mar 18, 2010 05:39 PM

                                      I'm from Louisiana, as are my parents, my parents parents, etc... Gumbo does mean Okra. But yes, some people prefer okra-less gumbo (like my mother). To me, this is an oxymoron, like Jumbo Shrimp. But, everyone has their own preferences...

                                      A true gumbo is created from a roux, which involves browning (burning) flour in oil.

                                      File is used as a thickening agent for those who do not prefer okra.

                                      The best gumbo can be found at Nate's in Addison.

                                      As for other soups, try the lobster & shrimp soup on Fridays at Uncle Julios, the Lobster Bisque at Lucile's in Fort Worth (to die for), and the shrimp soup at La Tortilandia (also in FW).

                                      Uncle Julios
                                      1125 N Union Bower Rd, Irving, TX 75061

                                    3. re: DallasDude
                                      LewisvilleHounder Jun 23, 2009 08:14 PM

                                      I tell them no paratha...it is probably the worst in the city.....yes some dishes are a miss. I will admit it. Just go for what everyone else has in their hands chaat, pani puri, dosas (have you seen any that are bigger?) and a sprinkling of others.

                                      Is the Madras soup that soup they have on the buffet at Indian Palace? It tastes a lot like Cambells tomato with a bit of curry powder or a masala thrown in. I never taste much coconut milk if it is in there.

                                      You are going to need some soup "buddies" if you want to tackle those Saigon Block monsters...same is true with Nam Hua.

                                      1. re: LewisvilleHounder
                                        DallasDude Jun 23, 2009 08:49 PM

                                        Not sure about the buffet soup... the madras is very coconutty and creamy. Never have had canned soup, so who knows.

                                        I will continue trying Taj Chaat until I have exhausted their menu. I trust you. And I think I can handle myself at Saigon. but if you have recs I will take em ;)

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                                    slewfoot Jun 23, 2009 09:52 AM

                                    I like the Cream of Jalapeno at Cafe Brazil.

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                                      joanna.mcmaster Jun 23, 2009 07:07 AM

                                      I forgot about the Tom Kai coconut soup with shrimp at Samui. Yummmmm...

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                                        uninvited guest Jun 23, 2009 08:43 AM

                                        You go there for the meats, salad bar and the cheesy bread rolls.... but the lobster bisque at Texas De Brazil is rediculous. Had like 5 bowls before I realized I was paying $40 for the meat!

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                                        CocoaNut Jun 23, 2009 06:37 AM

                                        At S&D Oyster Co, the gumbo is thick, dark and rich, the way it should be - but the richness of the flavors may be putoffish to some.

                                        1. LewisvilleHounder Jun 22, 2009 09:34 PM

                                          Look familiar???


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                                            mistyp0523 Jun 23, 2009 05:49 AM

                                            Just so you can rest a little better tonight, I did a search for "best soup" before I posted this and that link didn't come up. I do apologize, though, for not meticulously reading through every thread ever created on this board before making a new thread. I hate the thought of inconveniencing you with a duplicate thread you never intended on contributing to but clicked on anyway. Gosh, I just feel awful.

                                            Anyway, the sausage and green bean soup at Celebration, the quail soup at Paul's Porterhouse (never heard of this place at all before), and the shrimp won ton soup at First Chinese BBQ sound like soups I most definitely need to try.

                                            1. re: mistyp0523
                                              LewisvilleHounder Jun 23, 2009 07:48 AM

                                              It was no inconvenience to me. I was just adding a few more soups to the list.

                                              Thanks for the sarcasm though!

                                              A few more to add would be:
                                              Tumeric hot and sour catfish soup with pickled coconut shoots at Jasmine Thai in Plano

                                              2nd Favorite - Seafood hot pot (Cac Loai Lau Mam, Thap Cam) at Nam Hua in Richardson/Garland

                                              Ausht at Afghan Grill

                                              Daal soup that comes free with a sit down meal at Taj Chaat Cafe (it changes on the flavors and color of Daal)

                                              Menudo at Tortilleria de Original de Zacatecas in Fort Worth (several locations but the one on Camp Bowie is the one I tried)

                                              Guiso de Res at El Salvador Restaurant in Irving

                                              Ta Pin Lu (Lau) Do Bien (Seasonal Vegetable and Seafood Viet style hotpot) or Lau Thai Lan (Thai style seasonal vegetable and seafood hot pot) both at Saigon Block in Richardson.

                                              Technically not a soup but the same mouthfeel is the Haleem at Masala Masala in Euless

                                              Favorite stateside would be the seasonal Yellow Squash Soup at Lola

                                              I would take off the Poblano Soup at Nuevo Leon as they ahve gone way downhill there.

                                          2. DallasDude Jun 22, 2009 09:28 PM

                                            Poblano with Tomato Foam @ Stephan Pyles
                                            Gumbo @ Hook Line and Sinker
                                            Lobster Bisque @ Daddy Jacks and Old Warsaw
                                            Cream of Shrooms @ Salum and The Grape - pictured (Salum uses a truffle oil too)
                                            Dal Soup @ Kalachandji's
                                            Xochitl soup @ Luna de Noche
                                            Tortilla Soup @ Fearing's (he has been known for this stuff since 1803)
                                            Quail Soup @ Paul's Porterhouse (been waaay too long since I have been there tho)
                                            Matzo Ball or Kreplach Soup @ Deli News - pictured
                                            Any soup at Central Market or Eatzi's especially the cream soups
                                            I have also had a special soup at Chow Thai, the green curried duck soup. In-freaking-credible
                                            I could literally go on forever

                                            1. twinwillow Jun 22, 2009 09:22 PM

                                              I just thought of another great soup I love. The sausage and green bean soup served (Wednesdays only) at Celebration restaurant on Lovers Lane in Dallas. Outstanding!

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                                                Christnp Jun 22, 2009 08:43 PM

                                                - French onion soup at Rise No 1. They also have an excellent gazpacho that is a frequent special.
                                                - Tortilla soup at Cafe Brazil, Deep Ellum location. Can't vouch four the soup at other locations, except it's not very good at Addison location.
                                                - Shrimp won ton soup at First Chinese BBQ
                                                - New England Clam Chowder at Sea Breeze, Plano (get a lobster roll while you're there!)
                                                - Sopa de Gallina at Gloria's (Lemmon location - don't know about the others)

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                                                1. re: Christnp
                                                  Mike C. Miller Sep 26, 2009 01:29 AM

                                                  The Tortilla soup is pretty good at the Cafe Brazil on N. Central. Not Dean Fearing good, but quite passable.

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                                                    WineInstructor Feb 22, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                    Second the French Onion at Rise no1. Best around.

                                                  2. twinwillow Jun 22, 2009 07:49 PM

                                                    Shrimp won-ton soup with BBQ roast duck and Chinese broccoli at First Chinese BBQ in Richardson.

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                                                      BluffViewChound Jun 22, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                      Mushroom soup at The Grape.

                                                      Anybody know what to expect from the soon to open "Split Peas Soup Cafe" on Mckinney and Routh?

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                                                        CocoaNut Jun 22, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                        The Green Chili Chicken soup at Market Street is exceptional in taste and value (3 sizes). It's got enough of a heat kick to get your attention and is loaded with large shards of their rotisserie chicken (I speak of the Colleyville location). Only other ingredient is small chunks of potato. OK - It's made from a packaged base - but, still.....

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                                                        1. re: CocoaNut
                                                          joanna.mcmaster Jun 22, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                          i second that, CM has great 5 onion soup, as well.

                                                        2. j
                                                          joanna.mcmaster Jun 22, 2009 10:47 AM

                                                          I like the baked Potato soup at Houston's.

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