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Soup in Harvard Square

franksnbeans Oct 19, 2009 07:37 AM

Looking for soup rec's in Harvard Square. Who's consistently good for what ails you?

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    dulce de leche Oct 19, 2009 08:43 AM

    If I've got a cold, I go to Le's Vietnamese in the Garage for pho.

    Leo's Lunch, across the street from the garage, usually has some straightforward homemade soups, and you get to sit at the diner counter.

    Hi Rise Bakery and Darwin's also make excellent soups.

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    1. re: dulce de leche
      mrsx Oct 19, 2009 10:47 AM

      I second Leo's Place, and admit that I miss Boston Chowda.

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        uman Oct 20, 2009 07:29 AM

        Agree with Le's pho.

        Darwins...I just will never go there again if I have my wits about me. I went in yesterday for a look around with a coworker and the woman working on the right side of the store was such an unbelievable $#@%. I could not believe it. I've worked in retail before, and I know it can be rough, but this was a mean and unprovoked attack for sport.

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          Prav Oct 20, 2009 08:10 AM

          YIKES! Now I wanna know what happened.

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            BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 27, 2009 09:16 PM

            I once told a Darwin's employee to go fuck himself, walked out the door and will never go back. The sandwiches are not worth the attitude.

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              autopi Oct 28, 2009 05:15 AM

              was this the location out on mt auburn, or the one on kirkland? i've had pretty terrible experiences at the mt auburn location, but have been to the kirkland location probably a dozen times w/o noticeable attitude.

              1. re: autopi
                BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 28, 2009 10:16 AM

                Mt. Auburn. I didn't know there was one on Kirkland.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                  autopi Oct 28, 2009 11:58 AM

                  yeah, it's a couple blocks down kirkland towards inman. it's all hipsters and such there too, but they seem to be better behaved than at mt auburn. dunno why.

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                    BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 28, 2009 05:12 PM

                    Huh. Good to know. Thanks!

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                      wonderwoman Oct 28, 2009 05:23 PM

                      i thought it was on cambridge street, across from the high school.

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                        glenn mcdonald Oct 28, 2009 06:39 PM

                        Across from the *back* of the high school...

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                          autopi Oct 28, 2009 07:30 PM

                          yes, sorry, cambridge st., not kirkland.

          2. Dea Oct 19, 2009 01:37 PM

            Crema Cafe does a mighty tasty tomato bisque. The Market (corner of Brattle and Church) also has two soups for sale daily - the Italian wedding soup is my favorite there.

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              Allstonian Oct 19, 2009 02:43 PM

              Yes, I've rapidly come to love Crema's tomato bisque, especially paired with a slice of their unfailingly excellent quiche.

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                greenzebra Oct 19, 2009 03:31 PM

                Second Crema. The tomato bisque is reliably good and usually on the menu; I also had a mushroom/wheat berry soup recently that was delicious.

                Cup of soup and a grilled cheese with caramelized onions at Crema is a great lunch, IMO.

                1. re: greenzebra
                  dsmoxie Nov 10, 2009 01:50 PM

                  I'm a big Crema fan, but the tomato bisque struck me as pretty ordinary -- nicely salty, but without a deep tomato flavor.

                  Crema Cafe
                  27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                bella_sarda Oct 19, 2009 02:52 PM

                I love the chickpea soup at Cafe Pamplona. They also have a black bean soup and gazpacho (not for winter), but I haven't tried them. The chickpea soup was a light puree (not gloppy) with a slight kick of heat from some type of chili pepper, and there was probably some saffron in there too. Served with a slice of unremarkable bread, $3.95 for a bowl.

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                  ShakeIt Oct 19, 2009 03:59 PM

                  Agreed-Crema's tomato bisque is really awesomeee..I used to get this in the Winter's when I was up in Boston..nothing like a good bowl of soup in harvard square :)

                2. digga Oct 19, 2009 04:51 PM

                  It's a chain, but I have enjoyed the ebi kare lomen at Wagamama (from their website: a spicy soup made from lemongrass, coconut milk, shrimp paste, red chillies, fresh ginger and galangal. served with ramen noodles and garnished with marinated grilled shrimp, beansprouts, cucumber, cilantro and a wedge of lime).

                  I haven't been there in a long time, though.

                  1. Dea Oct 27, 2009 07:17 AM

                    Just an update - I had the parsnip and apple soup at Crema yesterday (the tomato bisque wasn't an option) and it was very very good. Now I have two soups at Crema that I love. Creamy but not overly rich, not too salty, with julienned bits of apple for a little crunch. MMMMMM

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                      Allstonian Dec 17, 2009 10:59 AM

                      I'm bumping this thread to say that I had Crema's parsnip & apple soup the other evening and it is OUTSTANDING. I think I like it even better than the tomato bisque!

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                        Dea Dec 17, 2009 12:17 PM

                        Totally agree, and wish I had known it was on the menu today! I am crunched at work, so made do with a quick trip to the Market for their perfectly decent chicken noodle soup, but wish I had taken the time to go to Crema instead.

                    2. greenzebra Oct 27, 2009 03:35 PM

                      Had corn chowder w/ bacon & red pepper at Tory Row for lunch today. Definitely not the best-value soup in the Square ($7 for a bowl), but pretty tasty.

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                      1. re: greenzebra
                        bugsmum Oct 27, 2009 05:19 PM

                        Agree with those recommending the pho at Le's. I haven't been to Crema but now I want to try it - that parsnip and apple soup sounds delicious.

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                        Elizg Oct 28, 2009 07:58 AM

                        Petsi Pie's on Putnam Ave. They had an awesome really hearty roast tomato and eggplant soup on Monday. Others include Apple, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Potato Bisque. Vegan too.

                        1. franksnbeans Nov 9, 2009 11:47 AM

                          Thanks for the rec's on this one, all.

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                            dsmoxie Nov 10, 2009 01:51 PM

                            Another thought: the vegetable soup at Pronto is very nice -- a mix of vegetables, and good crusty bread.

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                              BackBayGirl Dec 17, 2009 11:29 AM

                              Yenching in Harvard Square makes a good won ton soup.

                              1. opinionatedchef Dec 6, 2013 10:24 PM

                                This thread is 4 years old; does Crema still have exc quiche and soups?

                                I really love the Tomato Coconut Shorba at Tanjore. Consistency of a smooth tomato bisque with coconut milk and some not hot spicing.

                                1. yarm Dec 8, 2013 10:16 AM

                                  Though not around when this thread was started, Russell House Tavern's soup game is on point (note: I work there, but I also see how my customers react as well as their repeat ordering patterns). Only offered for lunch, M-F until 4pm.


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